Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dark chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnut truffles

Chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnut truffles / Trufas de chocolate, canela e avelã

A quick look at my sweet recipe index and you'll notice that I don’t make truffles very often – I love working with chocolate, but mostly stick with cookies and cakes. To me, truffles are such a special treat they call for a special occasion as well – like that gorgeous pair of shoes you’ll only wear on your birthday or anniversary. :)

These were made for a special someone, a dear friend of mine who happens to be crazy about shoes, too – let’s just say that her last name could pretty much be Bradshaw. :)

Chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnut truffles / Trufas de chocolate, canela e avelã

Dark chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnut truffles
from Donna Hay magazine

450g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), chopped
1 ¼ cups (300ml) heavy cream
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
40 hazelnuts, roasted*
1 cup (90g) cocoa powder

Place the chocolate, cream and cinnamon in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth. Pour into a lightly buttered 1 liter-capacity dish and set aside to cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm enough to roll.
Roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture into rough balls. Press a hazelnut into the middle and roll to enclose.
Place the cocoa on a baking tray, place the truffles on the tray and gently shake to coat.

* place the hazelnuts on a baking tray and roast in a preheated 180°C/350°F oven for 5 minutes or until lightly golden. Place the hot hazelnuts in the fold of a tea towel and rub back and forth to remove the skins.

Makes 40 – I halved the recipe and got 25 truffles


Rachael said...

Wow, these look decadent! I've been wanting to make some truffles for a while now and this recipe looks simply divine!

Peter G said...

These look lovely Patricia. Be good to have some extra sweets around the holidays.

Pam said...

Boy, do I wish I lived close by you. I could be your bff (Ilike shoes)!

Anonymous said...

Ohmegod!!!!! Bradshaw is soooo my number, as much as these are the sweetest and I luv u very much :) thanks for being so close.

Carol B said...

OMG. These look so sinfully divine. I had no idea truffles were that easy to make. I've never seen a truffle recipe before. (I turn on my oven about 3 times a year.)

Valerina said...

It's amazing how so few an amount of ingredients can produce such lovely and rich results!

Alexa said...

I love the contrast in texture that you have here by inserting a hazelnut in the middle--What a great recipe!

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

My goodness they look so decadent - I have a bad feeling that if I made these I would eat them all!

Valérie said...

Your truffles are just perfect, I love chocolate and nuts together ! I think they'll be a part of my "paniers gourmands de Noël" (meaning my sweet Christmas gifts)

lisa @ dandysugar said...

Lovely and delicious!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Rachael, thank you! I hope you give these a go!

Pete, thank you!

Pam, I would love to have you as my neighbor, my dear.

C., my dear, thank you, too!

Carol B., thank you! They are easy and the recipe calls for just a few ingredients... :)

Valerina, you are so right!

Alexa, thank you! I think the hazelnuts add both flavor and texture here.

Alicia, I shipped them right away, dearie! ;)

Valérie, thank you, darling! I hope your loved ones like the truffles!

Lisa, thank you!

desperate.viz said...

absolutely AMAZING!

I need to do some 5 varieties of truffles and this is noted!

i really enjoy your blog, great job!

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