Amelia Schaffner shows us how to make Chocolate Baci.
Homemade Nutella Baci
Recipe by Amelia Pane Schaffner, from the blog www.ztastylife.com
These hazelnut and chocolate "kisses" are packaged individually in a starry silver wrapper and come with a love quote. They are every Italian lovers' favorite gift but they are wonderful at every occasion.
I packaged my "baci" in a white window-box and marked them with blue stars. Then I created a small love note and rolled it inside the box. You can be as creative in your writing as you wish!
Makes 20 "Baci" (recipe doubles easily)
100 gr. (~1 cup) whole hazelnuts
Half of a 13 oz. (375 gr.) Nutella jar = about 7 oz. (200 gr., about 1 1/2 cup)
1/3 cup (40 gr.) unsweetened cocoa powder
6 oz. (160 gr.) good quality dark chocolate
Place 20 whole hazelnuts aside.
Chop the rest of hazelnuts into "granella" (small pieces) and place in a bowl with the Nutella and cocoa powder. Mix well until incorporate it to form a smooth dough. You can use a blender but I prefer a fork and my hands.
Form 20 balls and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place a whole hazelnut in the middle of every ball.
Place the sheet in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes (or a few hours in the refrigerator).
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave (a minute or two on high, stirring in between)
Dip the chilled "baci" into melted chocolate, using two small forks then place them again on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
Allow them to dry a few minutes. Wrap as desired and accompany with a love note.