Baci are Italian truffles filled with decadent chocolate hazelnut cream. The name "baci" means kisses, and these rich chocolate confections are the perfect treat for Valentine's Day.
The process of recreating baci at home is pretty simple and they are made with only 5 ingredients. To make these vegan-friendly I used coconut milk to replace heavy cream, which is traditionally used in the ganache filling. Coconut milk chocolate ganache should be a staple in every vegan cook's repertoire. It is so rich and delicious and can be used in a variety of dessert applications like coating cakes or whipping it into a lush frosting.
Toasted hazelnuts are chopped and mixed into the ganache before is sets. Once the ganache has cooled and firmed up in the fridge it can be scooped into bite-sized mounds, which are then topped with a toasted whole hazelnut. The next step is to dip each mound of the filling into a bath of melted dark chocolate for their final coat of chocolatey goodness.
The ganache can be made a day in advance and kept chilled until you are ready to form the truffles. Use quality dark chocolate of around 70% cacao for an intense chocolate flavor. You may want to add sweetener to taste to the ganache filling as dark chocolate can sometimes be slightly bitter. Use full fat coconut milk, like the kind that is canned. The coconut milk does not need to be separated.
The Perfect Valentine’s Day Treat