I love chocolate... I love hazelnuts!... and the 2 together along with dried fruit (I used cherries) make for great friends! This simple recipe I came across in a Cooking Light magazine makes a fun quick gift or nice addition to a cookie tray spread! Since it's from Cooking Light I even gifted this to my trainer and didn't feel too guilty about it!...
3/4 cup hazelnuts (about 4 ounces) 1/3 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking. Turn nuts out onto a towel. Roll up towel; rub off skins. Coarsely chop nuts. Combine nuts, cherries, and ginger in a medium bowl.
3. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until chocolate melts, stirring every 15 seconds. Add to nut mixture, stirring just until combined. Spread mixture evenly on a jelly-roll pan lined with foil; freeze 1 hour. Break into pieces; serve immediately.