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Chocolate Hazelnut Candy

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Chocolate Hazelnut Candy Recipe

Makes a ≈ 6.5x9.5-inch (16x24cm) Baking TrayGianduja for Confectionery
Yields 32 Candies

Caramelized Nuts for Praliné
7 ounces (150g) whole almonds
7 ounces (150g) whole hazelnuts*
8 ounces (200g) sugar
0.3 cup (70g) water.
*Praliné can be made 100% hazlenuts as well.

1) Old-Fashioned Method
Toast nuts in a 350ºF (180ºC) oven for about 10 min. In a large saucepan or best copper bowl, cook sugar and water to (244ºF) 118ºC. Toss nuts in syrup and cook stirring constantly on medium high; it should crystalize coating thus each nut with sugar. Continue stirring and cooking until it caramelize; it should take 20 minutes. Transfer caramelized nuts onto a silicone baking mat to cool completely.

2) Using Caramel a-sec- Method (caramel without water)
Toast nuts. Cook sugar only, in a hot frying pan to caramel stage. Toss in warm nuts, turn heat off and transfer onto a silicone baking mat to cool.

Praliné
Save some caramelized or plain toasted nuts for garnishing. In a running food processor, blend the cooled caramelized nuts with a pinch of salt until it turns into paste. Save leftovers praliné for later use.

1) Crunchy Praliné
1.2 ounce (40g) milk chocolate
1 Tbsp (15g) butter
3.3 ounces (100g) praliné (hazelnut spread)
1.7 ounces (50g) feuillantine or unsweetened corn flakes, broken into small pieces.

Method*
Chop chocolate and carefully microwave it with butter (temperature should not exceed 86ºF (30ºC). Mix with the room temperature praliné along with the corn flakes. Spread crunchy praliné mixture in a baking tray lined with silicone mat or parchment paper. Caramel rulers are a must for this type of confectionery; it makes things perfectly squared and clean.

*Small quantity of chocolate is challenging to temper. Good news, here is the trick: process or cut chocolate into small pieces and microwave it, stirring every 5 or 10 sec – its temperature then must not go over 86ºF (30ºC). Combine the just melted or tempered milk chocolate with the room temperature praliné.

2) Gianduja (Praliné + Tempered Chocolate)
4 ounces (125g) praliné, room temp
4 ounces (125g) milk chocolate*, tempered or just melted to 84/86ºF (29/30ºC).

Method
Spread evenly over the crunchy praliné, tap over the countertop and cool. Gianduja should not be refrigerated but rather kept in cool and low humidity storage ≈ 60/65ºF (16/18ºC). In warm days and households environement though, it can be refrigerated to set faster.
Tempered or melted to 29/30ºC, chocolate in gianduja making creates a lovely balanced taste, and a smooth, homogeneous texture for great mouthfeel. If not tempered, the texture of the gianduja nor chocolate itself would rather be grainy.

Tempering Dark Chocolate
Use a large amount of dark chocolate couverture* for tempering, not only it will remain tempered longer but it makes the job easier. Once done, leftover of chocolate can be spread onto a baking tray lined with silicone mat, chilled to set and broken into pieces for later use.

*Couverture chocolate is a very high-quality chocolate that contains a higher percentage of cocoa butter ≈ 35% than baking or eating chocolate. This additional cocoa butter, combined with proper tempering, gives the chocolate more viscosity and sheen, a firmer "snap" when broken. Extra cocoa butter can always being added to the chocolate as well.

2.2lb. (1k) bittersweet chocolate couverture (≈ 64%) disks or chopped if from a block

Melt chocolate over water bath (bain-marie) on low heat to ≈ 122ºF (50ºC). Chill to drop temp to 77/79ºF (25/26ºC) and rewarm to 84/86ºF (30/31ºC).
Hot water should not touch the bottom of the bowl – wipe off bottom each time when removing bowl from water bath.

Cutting Gianduja Slab
If not firm enough, chill it. Run a spatula around the edges of the tray and flip to unmold. At this juncture both sides of the slab can be coated with a thin layer of tempered dark chocolate to strengthen each ready to be dipped candy. Let set and cut into 32 bonbon.

Dipping
Use a 3 tooth chocolate fork. Ready to be enrobed bonbon should not be refrigerated prior dipping or the chocolate will set too fast, creating a thicker coating and dull aspect. So, leave them out 30 min prior dipping or so – best room temperature ≈ 64/68ºF (18/20ºC).

Drop one candy at the time into the tempered dark chocolate; crunchy side up and flip over into the chocolate once and quicly, remove excess dripping chocolate and lay over a clean silicone mat or an acetate plastic sheet, wait about 5 sec and mark with the fork or top with a nut.
Maintain chocolate temperature by doing a quick rewarm over water bath every so often.

Like most confectioneries, chocolate candies are best stored between 57/61ºF (14/16ºC) and low humidity for about 3 months. Though, for household uses the refrigerator remains an option during warm days. Just leave chocolate candies out for about 30 min before eating. Enjoy!😋

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