Admission: This Hungry Texan is not so hungry. After an incredible, veggie-rich thanksgiving dinner at Boston Boy’s family in New York (the Lone Star State was a tad far for me to travel for just a couple days), plus leftovers, PLUS some amazing bagels, I’m totally stuffed. But that doesn’t make this recipe for homemade Nutella any less appealing. I whipped this up with sister Emily, here forth known as Lemur Lady- she spent the last few months in Madagascar with a cast of lemurs and the girl knows a thing or two about baking.
I get it- people are crazy for nutella. There are probably entire religions devoted to Nutella. And when you can get a vat of it at Costco, it may seem silly to make your own. But trust me, this homemade version is an incredible rendition- sweet from the dark chocolate but with no sugar added, nutty and rich from the toasted hazelnuts. Plus, this comes out silky instead of becoming congealed like the jarred stuff- double win!
Also, it takes 5 minutes to make. So you have no excuses. To the recipe!
10 oz semi-sweet dark chocolate (if you want something sweeter, use a milk chocolate or your favorite)
1 cup hazelnuts
1 tbs oil
1 tsp salt
First, you’ll need to make your fancy double boiler. Fill a medium saucepan 1/4 the way with water and heat to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and fit an appropriately sized stainless steel bowl over the saucepan. Add your chocolate to the bowl and stir constantly until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Take the chocolate off of the heat and toast your hazelnuts with 1 tbs of oil in a large pan for about 4 minutes.
Add your hazelnuts to a blender or food processor and pulse 5-10 times, until the hazelnuts are ground. Add your chocolate to the blender and blend until smooth.
Serve immediately or in a jar in the refrigerator (who are we kidding). We ate it over fruit, but decided that the silky delight would be perfect drizzled over popcorn, spread on toast, or over pecan pie (ok, i did that).
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