I’ve been meaning to post this recipe since before Christmas, as this was one of my Christmas treat ideas – homemade Ferrero Rochers that are gluten free and dairy free! But in the holiday rush, they never actually got made. Well… I got a few made, but I ate them as quick as I made them, so there never were enough to put in the kid’s Christmas stockings, or to take to the parties I intended to take them to! *grins sheepishly*
I think I should warn you that these are very dangerous, and should only be made when you are really full and don’t feel like eating any chocolate. Unless you have super-human self control – then just go ahead and make them anytime.
At least they’re pretty healthy. That’s my excuse anyway.
My recipe is simply a homemade nutella type chocolate mixture (based on my hazelnut chocolate spread recipe), molded around a roasted hazelnut and coated in crushed, roasted hazelnuts. I didn’t bother with the biscuit layer – too tricky, and besides, I wanted them to be gluten free. And I never got around to coating them with chocolate – maybe next time. I thought they were chocolatey enough without the extra chocolate coating, and besides, I wanted to hurry up and eat them so I didn’t want to take the time for an extra step! But if you’re feeling industrious, and you have the self-control to not eat them all before you actually get the chocolate ready to dip them in, here’s my recipe for homemade chocolate, which I think would work best because it’s quite thin before it’s set, so it would be easy to coat the balls with.
You will need about 3 cups roasted hazelnuts for this recipe. If you have raw hazelnuts, spread them on a baking tray (in a single layer) and roast at 180 degrees C for about 10-15 minutes, stirring once or twice, until slightly browned. (I buy my nuts bulk from Trumps through a co-op, so it’s not so expensive.)
Once they’re cool, rub the skins off as best you can, either with your hands, or in a tea towel. Discard skins.
And here’s how to make the ‘Ferrero Rocher’s’!
Warning: They do melt pretty quickly as I found out when trying to take photos of them… I got distracted with a phone call and came back to soggy chocolate balls. So I had to eat them.