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Chocolate Balls With Almonds and the Perfume of Tonka Beans

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Introduction

This one goes out to my new friend Gregorio. He is the thinnest boy i've ever met and i love the way he devours tons of my chocolate balls. The recipe is so easy! You will be able to produce them by yourself.

This one goes out to my new friend Gregorio. He is the thinnest boy i've ever met and i love the way he devours tons of my chocolate balls. The recipe is so easy! You will be able to produce them by yourself.

Ingredients

Serves: 10

Metric Cups
  • 400 grams milk chocolate
  • 200 grams butter
  • 200 grams almonds
  • ½ tonka bean
  • 14 ounces milk chocolate
  • 7 ounces butter
  • 7 ounces almonds
  • ½ tonka bean

Method

Chocolate Balls With Almonds and the Perfume of Tonka Beans is a community recipe submitted by brandessa and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • i use 400g of milk chocolate couverture which is specially for coating. Preferably organic from vivani or alike.
  • To melt the chocolate properly cut it roughly into pieces and then use the double-boiler method. This sounds more complicated than it is, really! Place the chocolate pieces in a clean stainless-steel bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of very hot (not boiling) water. You do not want the bottom of the bowl to come directly in contact with the water below, because it will get too hot and the chocolate can burn.
  • As the chocolate begins to melt, stir it with a heat-resistant spoon, working the chocolate from the sides of the bowl into the center mass.
  • When the chocolate pieces are almost entirely molten, remove the bowl from the heat, stir, and let the remaining chocolate melt by the heat of the larger mass.
  • Now comes the part of the recipe you must hide from the larger part of your female acquaintance including your mother (of course it's not nice to have secrets from your mother, but this one is allowed). Into the warm chocolate mass you stir 200g of butter (cut into pieces). This has to be done very thoroughly, because you don't want to have butter pieces in the chocolate balls or your secret will be found out very easily!
  • You'll notice that the mass get's thicker as it get's colder.
  • Now to the fun part. into this chocolate mass you can mix every kind of nut pieces you like. i took 200g of roughly cut almonds (not even peeled) and perfumed everything with finely grinded tonka beans. these beans are not easily found in supermarkets so you can use good vanilla sugar instead. or cinnamon. or pepper. or chili (be careful) feel free!
  • Let the chocolate mass cool down until thick but not completely hard.
  • With a small spoon or even better a melon baller scoop the cold chocolate mixture and form balls with the palms of your hands. they don't have to be perfect (mine weren't). if you want you can roll them into cocoa powder (i didn't).
  • Put them into an airtight container and separate the layers with baking sheet. Freeze them.
  • i use 400g of milk chocolate couverture which is specially for coating. Preferably organic from vivani or alike.
  • To melt the chocolate properly cut it roughly into pieces and then use the double-boiler method. This sounds more complicated than it is, really! Place the chocolate pieces in a clean stainless-steel bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of very hot (not boiling) water. You do not want the bottom of the bowl to come directly in contact with the water below, because it will get too hot and the chocolate can burn.
  • As the chocolate begins to melt, stir it with a heat-resistant spoon, working the chocolate from the sides of the bowl into the center mass.
  • When the chocolate pieces are almost entirely molten, remove the bowl from the heat, stir, and let the remaining chocolate melt by the heat of the larger mass.
  • Now comes the part of the recipe you must hide from the larger part of your female acquaintance including your mother (of course it's not nice to have secrets from your mother, but this one is allowed). Into the warm chocolate mass you stir 200g of butter (cut into pieces). This has to be done very thoroughly, because you don't want to have butter pieces in the chocolate balls or your secret will be found out very easily!
  • You'll notice that the mass get's thicker as it get's colder.
  • Now to the fun part. into this chocolate mass you can mix every kind of nut pieces you like. i took 200g of roughly cut almonds (not even peeled) and perfumed everything with finely grinded tonka beans. these beans are not easily found in supermarkets so you can use good vanilla sugar instead. or cinnamon. or pepper. or chili (be careful) feel free!
  • Let the chocolate mass cool down until thick but not completely hard.
  • With a small spoon or even better a melon baller scoop the cold chocolate mixture and form balls with the palms of your hands. they don't have to be perfect (mine weren't). if you want you can roll them into cocoa powder (i didn't).
  • Put them into an airtight container and separate the layers with baking sheet. Freeze them.
  • Tell us what you think

    What 1 Other has said

    • Will definitely try this one. Sounds interesting!

      Posted by Neha Jindal on 2nd August 2011
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