Thursday, December 16, 2010

Coffee Bean and Hazelnut Rocky Road

This is my third rocky road recipe....hm, you may now be realizing that I'm a little rocky road obsessed?  But I'm sure you can see why? Just get past the somewhat messy/homemade look of rocky road, and you'll understand.  Let me explain. Firstly, the texture contrast of rocky road is to die for. I love the hard chocolate and nuts against that squishy marshmallow.  Secondly, rocky road is so versitatle.  You can just add whatever ingredients you feel like: dried fruit, nuts, assorted chocolates; the list goes on.  This rocky road, however, served a specific purpose.  It was made for my family friends (who like coffee) as part of their Christmas hamper.  I incorporated the hazelnuts because, frankly, hazelnut and chocolate are what I consider "made for each other ingredients."   Oh, and this recipe has been scaled down (to prevent the all-too-possible over indulgence). Makes 9 medium pieces.

Ingredients
1/4 cup coffee beans
1/4 chopped hazelnuts
1/3 cup desicated coconut
120g chocolate, chopped (I used half milk, half dark chocolate)
2 1/2 tbsp butter
generous 1/2 cup white marshmallows, quartered

Method
In a large bowl combine the coffee beans, hazelnuts, coconuts and marshmallows.  Using a microwave or double-boiler, melt the chocolate with the butter.  Once melted, pour over the coffee bean-nut mixture.  Mix the chocolate through evenly.  Scoop into a throw-away foil container, or a lined tray.  Leave to set in fridge for at least 4 hours.  Cut into 9 pieces, and enjoy.

28 comments:

  1. Brittany, tu ne pourrais pas m'en envoyer par la poste s'il te plaît? Snif!snif! Ça a l'air divin ma chère amie! Caroline B. Bisous

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  2. Hazelnuts? miam-miam! I love rocky-road and you have inspired me to make some for gift baskets this weekend. The term "hamper" is so elegant.

    Bises,
    Genie

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  3. I love every single word in this recipe's title! Thanks for sharing, I've never made my own rocky road. :D

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  4. Nothing wrong with being a Rocky Road fan, I make Hubby a Turkish Delight Rocky Road every Christmas and then he asks for it pretty much everyday inbetween till the next Christmas lol. Might mix things up a bit for him and branch out to this yummy recipe ;0)

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  5. Can you imagine that I never knew that rocky road was a food of its own?! I always thought it was only an ice-cream flavor! Wow. I've been living a lie...LOL

    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. What wonderful flavor combinations you used here. I love the idea of hazelnuts! Wow. I love homemade pasta too. We went to Italy and took a cooking class and when we came home we made a lot of pasta. My 15 year old son and his friends came home from school and even made their own homemade pasta, I thought that was great.

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  7. We share the same obsession with rocky road bars :) Though I've never tasted a rocky road made with coffee beans. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  8. Coffee and hazelnuts! how delicious and unusual for a rocky road. They would go so well with a cup of coffee! :D

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  9. Hmmm...going nuts on Rocky road...maybe it's something I should try out to see what's so special to have you obsessing. LOL

    The ingredients are right up my alley...hmmm

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  10. What a yummy combination. I don't often see coffee beans just being eaten straight, but I guess this is like the chocolate covered ones that I have tried. With hazelnut, the fantasy is complete.

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  11. Hi Brittany, I am from sunny Australia, south east Qld. in fact. Anyway Easter is approaching & I am doing hampers for the family....I want to do some coffee rocky road...like the sound of your recepie but would like to know if I use the coffee beans whole or roughly ground please??
    Charlee

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