SMS Hazelnut Truffles

Well, I think this is the very first Sweet Melissa Sunday I had an easier time locating ingredients than my American and Canadian counterparts. I’m usually on the P&Q fretting over course corn starch or asking what shortening is but not this time. One trip to Tesco and I not only found hazelnuts, but I found ready roasted and chopped hazelnuts for £1 whilst everyone over the pond were hunting high and low only to discover a bag for $8! For once, I lucked out!

These truffles were so so simple to make, just a case of melting chocolate and cream together and letting it set. As I’ve mentioned many times before, I live in a world of nut haters so rather than having to eat a whole batch of hazelnut truffles, I made more than half of them plain. But, to mine, and everyone else’s surprise, the nutty truffles actually turned out to be the favored of the two, even among the nut haters. They were like little Ferrero Rocher’s.

I subbed the hazelnut liqueur for almond extract as I didn’t really fancy spending £10 on a bottle of booze I’d probably never use again. Check the delicious blog Living Life Foodcariously by the lovely Annie for this simple and delicious recipe! And, get yourself over the the SMS girlies to check out some more truffletastic entries.


  1. Nina
    August 16, 2009 / 4:43 pm

    Very very nice! And you were totally lucky on that find for hazelnuts! Those truffles look great!<3

  2. Ingrid
    August 16, 2009 / 5:25 pm

    GREAT photo! They look like store bought ones!~ingrid

  3. margot
    August 16, 2009 / 6:12 pm

    The truffles look absolutely stunning, how funny that people ended up liking the nut version better. That is a great deal on hazelnuts; not only were they less expensive, it took me a long time to peel the skins off after I roasted them.

  4. Flourchild
    August 16, 2009 / 8:12 pm

    I used almond extract too and thought they tasted fine. Your truffles look great!

  5. Tracey
    August 16, 2009 / 9:09 pm

    Your photo is stunning! I love it! I'd love to know what kind of camera you're shooting with. I liked the truffles too, even if they were a bit rich.

  6. Justin
    August 16, 2009 / 9:56 pm

    i could eat that entire tray of truffles

  7. Mermaid Sweets
    August 16, 2009 / 10:22 pm

    Wow, those look amazing. Nicely done.

  8. Sarah
    August 17, 2009 / 12:16 am

    Beautiful truffles! Love that photo.

  9. k.a.r.e.n
    August 17, 2009 / 12:17 am

    Beautiful! Nicely boxed like a gift.

  10. Hanaâ
    August 17, 2009 / 2:33 am

    Great find on the hazelnuts. What a deal. I love the truffle combo you did. Very nicely plated.

  11. Anonymous
    August 17, 2009 / 4:14 pm

    Hi Katie!How are you? Your truffles are simply GORGEOUS- and I'm totally jealous that you found ready roasted and chopped hazelnuts at such an affordable price! I didn't have too much trouble finding the hazelnuts (I live in Boston, Massachusetts in the Northeast) but boy, were they expensive. But never having worked with them before, I wanted to give them a try, so I went with the original recipe instead of making substitutions. Oh, and just something to think about- you can always get a little "nip" or mini bottle of the different flavored liquors at your liquor store instead of buying a huge bottle (especially when you only need 2 tablespoons). My baby bottle of Frangelico worked just perfect for this recipe. Keep your eye out for them next time!So I'm super excited to be hosting SMS this week, and I really hope you will bake along with me- it just wouldn't be the same without you! Hope you're doing well, and I look forward to talking to you again soon. Have a great rest of your week :)-Joy

  12. The Whimsical Cupcake
    August 17, 2009 / 8:54 pm

    agh. i am jealous that you can just go out and get some hazelnuts just like that. if ever you wanna send some across the pond, i'll be ready for them ;)your truffles look absolutely astonishing.

  13. The Bahens
    August 17, 2009 / 10:44 pm

    1. Great truffles; glad you finally had an easy time finding the ingredients!2. I love your two-tone frosting. Beautiful.3. I'm sad that I can't win that cookbook. It looks like it has some great recipes.4. I swear on my life I did not copy your photo idea for snickerdoodles! This is the first time I've looked at it. I guess great minds really do think alike!!

  14. apparentlyjessy
    August 18, 2009 / 1:24 am

    These truffles look delicious and so perfect sitting in the little paper liners! You take beautiful photos!

  15. Stephanie
    August 18, 2009 / 1:27 am

    Yu-UMM. they look so cute in their little liners!!!

  16. Karin
    August 19, 2009 / 1:52 am

    They look delicious. I'm jealous you found the nuts already roasted. I have this strange fear of roasting nuts- they burn so easily!

  17. Lauren
    August 19, 2009 / 7:23 am

    omg! you know how you can scroll over the sms bakers and it will update the newest post for you to see what people have been up to? yours is stuck on the lemon-blueberry cheesecake! i thought you had not updated since then. sorry i have missed out on your posting!!!!!!! i like the new blog layout! the last time i was here it was the pretty green back. anyway, fantastic job on the truffles!! they look yummy 😛

  18. Katiecakes
    August 19, 2009 / 7:41 am

    Argh I know! I have no idea how to rectify it. I've been all over my feed page and I just don't understand. Bah!!Katie xox

  19. Michele
    August 20, 2009 / 1:46 am

    Your truffles are lovely!

  20. ♥Rosie♥
    August 20, 2009 / 11:24 am

    Those truffles look absolutely gorgeous!!

  21. Anonymous
    August 20, 2009 / 10:16 pm

    Your truffles look amazing! Great job.

  22. The Caked Crusader
    August 23, 2009 / 4:18 pm

    I love hazelnuts – to me, they are the most flavoursome nut. Your truffles look divine

  23. Mini Baker
    August 25, 2009 / 10:25 pm

    love your blog! I'm stumbled across it… somehow! haha. and I LOVE truffles! Yours look beautiful!Happy Baking,Mini Baker

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