Chocolate Hazelnut Orange Balls

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These little chocolate hazelnut orange balls (there are some dates in there too) are the perfect sweet pick-me-up. They are easy to make, quick to whip up and keep spectacularly in an airtight container. They are no-bake which is always a good thing, and they literally take 5 minutes to make. It’s the waiting for them to firm up part that kind of sucks. Oh, and did I mention that it only require 4 ingredients!? Yes, 4! If that isn’t a reason to get up off your butts on this lazy Sunday, and whip up a sweet treat, I don’t know what is. I think the most important thing to remember when you are making desserts like these, is that texture really comes down to personal preference. Some people prefer the nuts in their truffles to be broken down as much as possible. I’m the opposite. I enjoy a little “chunkiness” to these balls, which is why I didn’t pulverize the hazelnuts into a fine powder. The choice is yours. The flavors are indeed the same though, and that is what is so great about this recipe in particular. I paired them with a delicious barley-wine, and it really is the perfect late-night treat.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beer Love:Beer: Dogfish Head’s Olde School Barleywine
Brewed By: Dogfish Head
Style: American Barleywine
ABV: 15% (Note – This fluctuates with each batch. It can be anywhere from 13% to 16% depending on the year.)
IBU: 85
Description: This brew is an American Barley-wine in the truest sense of the term, but it has some notes that sets it apart. It has been fermented with dates and figs (which are two ingredients I absolutely adore!), and you can pick up a bottle in the Fall in many locations. I love barley-wines with desserts, especially when chocolate is involved. The main reason I chose to pair with this particular beer is because of Dogfish’s use of dates. I love dates in all shapes and forms, which is why I threw them into this recipe (they also work as the perfect binding agent – stickiness is key). The subtle flavor you get from the dates in this beer pairs spectacularly with the dates in the chocolate balls. It really is a match made in heaven.

Cheers!
 

Justine
 

 

 

Chocolate Hazelnut Orange Balls
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Yield
12

Chocolate Hazelnut Orange Balls

The perfect little snack, these Chocolate Hazelnut Orange Balls are a cinch to whip up and delicious too!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 12 ounces pitted dates
  • zest from 2 oranges
  • 1 cup dark chocolate (70% or higher), broken into pieces

Instructions

  • In the bowl of your food processor, add the hazelnuts. Pulse until they are completely broken down, but not quite to the "powder stage."
  • To the food processor, add the dates, orange zest and dark chocolate along with the already chopped up hazelnuts. Pulse until all of the ingredients are broken down and come together to form one solid mass. Depending on the power of your food processor, this may take a few minutes of constant pulsing.
  • Using a tablespoon-sized scoop, scoop out the chocolatey mixture. Roll into balls and place in an airtight container. Continue this step for the rest of the mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate until the balls are firm. They are best served chilled or at room temperature. They will keep in the refrigerate for about a week. Enjoy!

Notes

Hardware: * Measuring Cups * Measuring Spoons * Food Processor * Tablespoon-Sized Scoop * Airtight Container *

http://www.cookingandbeer.com/2014/04/chocolate-hazelnut-orange-balls/

 

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