Wholesome Ferrero Rochers

You’ll be surprised and delighted just how much these taste like the real deal! The secret is in using good quality ingredients, and roasting the hazelnuts- you can use them raw if you prefer, however a light roasting really brings out their flavour. I believe flavour is equally as important as deliciousness, and this recipe is a nice balance of the two.

Shhh, don't tell the kids they are healthy
Shhh, don’t tell the kids they are healthy

Ingredients:

Hazelnut Paste:

  • 1 cup roasted Hazelnuts
  • 1⁄2 cup soaked dates
  • 1-2 tbsp cocoa or raw cacao powder
  • Small pinch salt
  • Splash maple syrup, optional if you prefer a sweeter pastePlus:
  • Approx 15-18 whole roasted hazelnuts for crunchy centre
  • 1 cup crushed roasted hazelnuts for rolling
  • 200g melted 70-85% chocolate for rolling

Method:

  • Roast about 2 1⁄2 cups Hazelnuts at 170 degrees un>l fragrant- take care not to burn! 12380498_10206889302544133_1399018145_nRemove skins by rubbing between a tea towel and discard.
  • Pulse one cup of nuts in a food processor to a crushed consistency and set aside for rolling. Also set aside 18 whole nuts for the centre.
  • Process remaining nuts un>l they form a paste- if you can do this while warm from the oven this helps, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Add dates and cocoa and keep processing un>l as smooth as possible. Taste and adjust chocolate flavour if needed.
  • Roll paste into balls, flatten and add hazelnut to the centre, and shape paste around it into a ball again. Once all have been rolled dip one at a >me into melted chocolate, remove with a fork then roll straight away in crushed hazelnuts. Place on a tray lined with baking paper. Set in the freezer.

 

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