Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut TrufflesIf you are receiving a gift from me, there is a good chance it will be edible.   These truffles are chocolate-y, Nutella-y and perfect with a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine.  That’s my kind of treat!  I learned how to make these at a bakeshop in Austin called Make it Sweet.  They have all kinds of dessert classes, and they are so much fun.  Once you have the concept down, the ideas are really endless.  All you need for ganache is 2 parts of chocolate to 1 part cream.  Feel free to change it up!   Like peanut butter instead of Nutella?  Use that.  Think the chopped hazelnuts would be good mixed into the ganache?  I do too.  Pick your favorites and make a sweet surprise for a friend’s birthday or Valentine’s Day.

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles 2Ingredients (makes approximately 35 tablespoon sized truffles):
For the ganache:
1 lb. dark chocolate, small pieces or chopped
1 cup Nutella
1 cup cream

For coating:
¼ lb. hazelnuts, chopped into small pieces

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles 3Place chocolate and Nutella in heatproof bowl.  In a small saucepan, bring cream barely to a boil, then pour over chocolate and Nutella.  Let stand 2 minutes before mixing (this is important!), then mix to fully incorporate with a small spatula, making sure all chocolate pieces are melted and ganache is smooth.  Letting the mixture sit a few minutes will help melt the chocolate more evenly.  Put ganache in refrigerator for approximately 3 hours, until firm enough to roll.  Using your hands, roll truffles into rounds and dip in chopped hazelnuts to coat.

Enjoy!