July 22, 2009

Hazelnut Spread

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Hazelnut Spread
chocolate hazelnut spread and honey hazelnut spread

I am one of the [probably] thousands of people who can't live without a jar or two of Nutella sitting in the pantry. In April of this year when I made Nutella Zebra Cheesecake, I found out to my dismay that someone in my house played a joke by leaving the walls of the Nutella jar intact while the jar is almost empty save for maybe a quarter cup making it look like the jar was still full. Not. Funny. I drove to the nearest grocery store but curses, they also ran out of Nutella! I had to make my own chocolate hazelnut spread with the hazelnut paste I had which I mixed with finely chopped milk chocolate. I bought 2 large jars of Nutella as soon as I had the chance to go to the bigger store.

should include strawberries, sliced apples, pears, spoon

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
1 cup blanched and toasted hazelnuts
½ cup milk chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons superfine sugar, optional
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, optional
  • In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts until liquidy. Add the chocolate and process until smooth. Taste and add sugar if desired. Add oil if preferred.

And for more intense hazelnut flavor try
Honey Hazelnut Spread
1 cup blanched and toasted hazelnuts
½ cup mild honey
  • In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts until liquidy. Add the honey and blend until smooth and spreadable.

To prepare hazelnuts: Boil hazelnuts in a quart of water with four tablespoons of baking soda for four minutes. Drain into a colander and rinse under cold water. Some skins will pop right off. Some nuts will need you to slip them off, and a few will take a little rubbing with paper towels. Pat the nuts dry, then roast them in the oven at 350°F until they are lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Hazelnut Spread
both are perfect with strawberries


caninecologne said...

hi oggi
what a mean trick!!! we have about 3 jars of nutella in our pantry! i love the stuff! i use it as a filling (mixed with sugar) with puff pastry sometimes.

it's nice to have a recipe for homemade hazelnut spread though! i'll have to make that one of these days.

you always have the most mouthwatering posts!

Midge said...

Goodness me; talk about divine decadence! I'm trying your recipe for honey-hazelnut spread. I think it'll be a magnificent filling for homemade strudel. :D

Juliana said...

Wow, I think I will skip the strawberries, can eat both just like that...so yummie!

Gmirage said...

never thought u'd be a nutella fan :D My kids love it too! And I used to send lots of them to my kuya, buti ngayon readily availbale na sa pinas...

Dhanggit said...

oh this is so great oggi!! i could never leave without nutella but a home-made version of this delicious spread is even better!! cant wait to try this recipe!

oggi said...

R, welcome to the club!:)

The hard part is blanching the nuts but otherwise the job is done by he machine.

Midge, ooh strudel with hazelnut paste sound really yummy.:)

Juliana, yes, I sometimes just dip a spoon and eat Nutella like it;s chocolate dessert.:)

G, we've been eating Nutella for over 20 years since it first appeared in Hong Kong, in 1988 or 89, nasa glass jar pa not plastic.:)

Dhanggit, I will make this again perhaps for cooking or ice cream.

Char said...

How long will they keep?

oggi said...


I don't know, probably a month? These were eaten in less than 2 weeks.:)

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