Sonntag, 27. Januar 2013

Olgas treats

I guess today is the very first time that I publish something in written English... so please be forgiving and focus on the delicious candies instead of my writing :)
The recipe is for Olga, who flew in from Edinburgh for a much appreciated but far too short visit in January. 
Olga, we all hope to have you back in the office very soon....

click below for the recipe



200g hazelnut wafer cookies
400g hazelnuts
400g chocolate hazelnut spread (Try not to use nutella! Search for a variety with more hazelnut and chocolate and less sugar/oil. We used a brand with 45% hazelnuts... nutella has 13%...)
200-300g semisweet chocolate for coating  
2-3 tbsp. neutral oil to smoothen the coating (optional) 

Prepare the hazelnuts by toasting them for 10-15 min. at 200°C. Skin the nuts. Reserve around 40-60 whole hazelnuts for the center. Chop the rest finely (about 2mm pieces). This can be done in a food processor. 

Crush the wafers. Reserve some of the crushed wafers and some of the chopped hazelnuts, for coating the pralines. Mix the remainder in a big bowl  together with the chocolate hazelnut spread (tip: if the spread is too hard to be scooped easily, microwave it for 5 seconds).

Put the mixture in the fridge and let chill for at least 30 minutes. Place the reserved nuts and wafer crumbles on a plate or flat dish.

Scoop out teaspoon sized portions, push a whole toasted nut in the center and form to a ball. Roll the ball in the crumble mixture until it is coated. Refrigerate.

In the meantime, melt the chocolate (together with the oil if you use it) in a bain-marie or in the microwave. Coat the hazelnut pralines with the melted chocolate and let cool on a wire rack making sure not to waste the dripping chocolate ;).

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