Sara Aasum Hultberg, Sweden’s 2014 Pastry Chef of the Year shares her best recipes for candy, modern delights and classics with butter, cream, sugar, chocolate, nuts and berries. With easy-to-follow instructions and delicious recipes, these treats are equally great to either savor at home or share as gifts.
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Milk Chocolate Truffles With Caramelized Nuts
14 oz (360 g) milk chocolate 1¾ oz (1/2 stick; 50 g) butter ¾ cup (200 ml) whipping cream 2 tablespoons honey
Caramelized nuts: 7 oz (200 g) roasted macadamia nuts ¼ cup (50 ml) honey ½ teaspoon fine salt
* Makes about 35 truffles
Pre-heat oven to 355°F (180°C). Coarsely chop the nuts. Mix them with the honey and salt in a bowl and then spread them out on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Toast in the oven for about 8 minutes; remove from oven and let cool.
Coarsely chop the milk chocolate. Cut the butter into small pieces. Put the chocolate and butter in a mixing bowl.
Mix the cream and honey in a saucepan, bring mixture to boil, and then pour over the chocolate mixture. Stir the mixture with a spatula until smooth and process with an immersion blender if necessary. Cover, with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the truffle, and leave at room temperature for a least 6 hours to set.
Process the caramelized macadamia nuts until finely chopped. Place the nuts on a plate. Roll the truffles into balls and then roll the balls into the nuts, completely covering each.