Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

As someone who grew up with a sister addicted to Nutella, I find interesting the idea of being able to whip up a batch of the decadent chocolate-hazelnut spread within just a few minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw hazelnuts
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Scharffen Berger or Ghirardelli
  • 3 tbs hazelnut oil, more as needed (could be vegetable oil, but flavor will be less intense)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Directions:

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.  Spread the hazelnuts evenly over a cookie sheet;  roast until they become aromatic, 8-10 minutes.  Transfer the nuts to a damp towel; rub to remove the skins.  Grind the hazelnuts to a smooth butter in a food processor, scraping the sides as needed, about 5 minutes.

Add the sugar, cocoa, oil, vanilla and salt to the food processor;  process until blended to the consistency of creamy peanut butter, about 1 minute.  If it is too dry, process in a little extra hazelnut oil.  Remove to a container;  cover. Refrigerate until needed.  Let come to room temperature before using.  It will keep for at least a week.

Makes: 1 ½ cups

Source: Chicago Tribune

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