3/4 cup salted, toasted hazelnuts (also known as filberts), skins removed and coarsely chopped
Making traditional fudge sounds easy until you realize you need a candy thermometer to time the cooking just right or risk ending up with a crystallized, crumbly mess. This shortcut fudge recipe is actually just a truffle filling (chocolate ganache), which is much more fail-safe than traditional fudge. Simply melt together butter, chocolate, and cream; stir in Nutella; and pour the mixture into a pan. Once it’s cut up, few people will notice it’s not technically fudge. Hazelnuts pressed into the top make it look pretty and complement the flavor of the Nutella.
What to buy: If you can’t find salted, toasted hazelnuts, substitute salted, toasted almonds instead.
1Place a large saucepan filled with about 1 inch of water over medium-low heat until just simmering. Meanwhile, cut an 8-by-16-inch piece of parchment paper. Coat an 8-by-8-inch dish with butter and line it with the piece of parchment so that the 2 long ends hang over the edges. Be sure to fit the parchment as smoothly as possible into the dish, snugly pressing it into the corners; set the dish aside.
2Place the measured butter in a large heatproof bowl and set the bowl over (but not touching) the simmering water until the butter has melted. Add the chocolate and cream and stir until the chocolate is smooth and melted, about 4 to 8 minutes.
3Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat and stir in the Nutella and salt (the mixture will be very thick). Quickly scrape the mixture into the prepared dish and push it into the corners in a rough, even layer. Sprinkle the nuts evenly over the top. Using your hands, press them into the surface and evenly smooth out the fudge. Refrigerate uncovered until firm, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
4To remove the fudge, grip the parchment paper hanging over the edges and pull it out of the dish. Transfer to a cutting board and, using a long knife, cut the fudge into 49 (1-1/4-inch) pieces, wiping the knife clean between cuts if necessary. (You may have to let the fudge sit at room temperature until it’s easier to cut.) Let it come completely to room temperature before serving. If desired, place a few pieces of fudge in mini paper baking cups for gifting. Though best eaten right away, the fudge can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 days.