Nutella Truffle Hearts

Nutella Truffle Hearts

This is the perfect make-ahead dessert for Valentine's Day.  These three ingredient truffles will stay good in the fridge for up to two weeks when properly covered.  So go ahead and make them now so you have a delicious and indulgent Valentine's treat ready to go when the day arrives.  For this recipe, I use these cute and colorful mini heart pans.  



5 oz Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips (about 1/2 cup)

5 oz heavy cream (about 2/3 cup)

3.5 oz Nutella (about 1/3 cup)

Flaky sea salt, optional



In a microwave safe glass bowl, add the chocolate chips and cream.  Heat in 15 second intervals, stirring gently several times after each turn for a total of 45-60 seconds in the microwave.*  

You do not want all the chocolate chips to melt in the microwave.  Instead, stop heating once you see a few chips left and allow the residual heat and persistent stirring to finish melting the chocolate.  Gently stir until the mixture is a very smooth ganache.  Once you attain that glossy, smooth finish, add the Nutella and again slowly incorporate it into the ganache until fully combined.  It may not be quite as smooth or glossy as before but should get fairly close.  Pour about 2 ounces into each heart shaped pan and set in the fridge to chill for at least an hour.**  Top with flaky sea salt, if desired and serve.  Will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks covered.

*If after that amount of time, there is still lots of unmelted chocolate (which is unlikely), start using 5-10 second intervals.  Note that you do not want to over heat it.  

** If you do not have a heart shaped pan, you can always chill the ganache in the bowl it is in for at least 2 hours and then scoop and roll into a traditional truffle shape.  Store in an air-tight container in the fridge once rolled.

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