I started working on these about a year ago but then they fell by the wayside because a) I got busy, b) I didn’t think they were perfect enough to be of any desire to anyone and c) I thought they were too simple and wanted complicate them to try make them perfect. (Why do we do this?) But then I realised that they tasted amazing and didn’t need to be exactly like Ferrero Rochers to be worthy. So here they are…
3/4 cup hazelnut meal
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Big pinch of salt
8 whole hazelnuts
1/3 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips - i use these. If you’re in Karratha you can purchase them from Barefoot Creations.
Edible gold leaf (optional) purchase here
Put the hazelnut meal, cacao, maple syrup, vanilla and salt in a bowl and mix until all combined.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave.
Roll the mixture into 8 balls stuffing a whole hazelnut in the centre of each.
Roll the balls in the coarsely chopped hazelnuts pressing them in to help them stick.
Dip each ball in the melted chocolate a place on a tray lined with baking paper. Set in the fridge, or freezer if you can’t wait and really want to eat one.
Roll the balls in the gold leaf.
*Disclaimer: gold leaf can be a nightmare to work with. Your best bet is to watch some Youtube tutorials.