|nudie Tim Tam balls :=)|
Versions of these delicious little treats have been going the rounds of the Net lately, especially white chocolate ones. I made these last year, and figured it can only be a good thing to post them again. Mine are a little different to others, in that I roll them in roasted hazelnut meal before coating in dark chocolate. You may see a bit of an obsession here with hazelnuts and chocolate. Okay I admit it, it is one of my fave flavour combos. So as you can imagine, I am a bit of a Nutella freak, (which you may have noticed before in some of my recipes).
250g. original Tim Tams
250g. cream cheese
2 big tbs Nutella
150g. chocolate, melted (I like to use dark chocolate)
Bling i.e. cachous, chocolate hail etc, to throw on top (optional)
Roast the hazelnuts in a 180C oven for about 12 minutes
Cool for a few minutes, then blitz in a food processor till they become fine meal. Make sure they don't turn into paste!
Put aside till you do the rolling
Throw the Tim Tams into the processor (no need to clean from blitzing the nuts) and zap away till you have fine crumbs
Add the cream cheese and Nutella and blitz till well combined
Spoon the mixture into a bowl and place in the freezer for 20 mins.
Take it out and form into walnut sized balls - or the size of your choice
Back they go into the freezer for 15 minutes
Take them out and roll them in the hazelnut meal
Into the fridge now for a bit of chillin'
Melt the chocolate and let it cool for a few minutes
Spoon it over the tops of the balls and throw on the bling
Back into the fridge for a bit more chillin'
Wrap some in cellophane and tie with ribbon for gifting
Use whatever version of Tim Tams you fancy; dark choc would be nice
Throw in a few tablespoons of cream with the chocolate before melting if you want the topping to be a bit softer
Okay I have to confess now; I have made nudie balls! Yes it got to the point where I had made the balls, it was getting late and I thought - right i can bling them tomorrow. Then in the morning I thought - nup, nudie balls are the go. So that's what I made this year. They taste great; they are nice and light and not too sweet, and so easy to make. So go ahead and do the nudie thing!
|grab your ingredients|
|all blitzed - sure I know what it looks like :)|
|getting ready to rock and roll|
|nudie balls ready for eating or gifting|
|my nutty doodle|