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01 July 2009

MMMM...Nutella

When I was deciding what I wanted to make for dinner tonight, I remembered reading about homemade Nutella. One of my favorite bloggers, steph chows, graciously shared her recipe with the world so we could all revel in a better for you snack spread. If you haven't been to her blog yet, you should make a trip. She's well worth it!
This Nutella has only four ingredients and is super easy to make. When I made mine, it came out as a mini-Fail mostly because I have the world's crappiest food processor. I could never get the hazelnuts down to a thick, butter-like consistency. It's a bit grainy, but it still tasted good (I also burned the nuts just a touch so they came out a little bitter).
I had the intention of making some crepes as well until I had to run to a second grocery store just to get the nuts and didn't get started on it until well after 8:00P.M. I'm thinking I might leave for work a little early for work tomorrow and surprise my co-workers with bagels and Nutella (there are only five of us since one of them is already gone for the long weekend).
There really isn't much more that can be said about how simple and delicious this recipe is. I bought some really good cocoa powder from Whole Foods since all I had was Hershey's in my pantry (nothing wrong with that, but you can never go wrong with Green & Black's). Enjoy!
Nutella ::steph chows:: style
Recipe by Steph Chows
1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts
2 Tbs cocoa powder
3 Tbs maple syrup (I used light corn syrup because all I had was butter flavored maple syrup...yuck)
2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Roast hazelnuts whole in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Let cool a bit and remove skins by rubbing them between a dish towel or your hands.
  2. Grind nuts in a food processor until they form into a thick butter. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
  3. Spoon into a jar with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate.

P.S. I just wanted to remind everyone that Dinner and a Movie is coming up (I have no plans for once so I should finally be able to get back to the fun). If you have any movie suggestions, I'd be glad to hear them. I think I might have something special planned so stay tuned.

11 comments:

Anita said...

Cool. Homemade Nutella... would be very interested in trying it.

Tulsa Gentleman said...

So this is like peanut butter but with hazelnuts? Wait, it also has chocolate in it. Hmmm, sounds very interesting.

Gaia said...

You made NUTELLA?
You are my hero!!! I love it but I don't buy , It would be a problem having it at home!

How do like it? With bread or just teaspoons? Teaspoon is my fav!

Sunshine said...

Anita - Thanks for visiting me! It came out pretty good considering some of the shortfalls I had (the recipe si still a good one, I just made some missteps along the way).

Tulsa Gent - Yes, it's like peanut butter only with hazelnuts. You can find the actual brand in the peanut butter aisle at almost all grocery stores (I'm not sure if the specialty ones carry it, but I know Food Pyramid, Reasor's, and Wal Mart all do).

Gaia - Thank you so much! I like it best on crepes with fresh strawberries. My sister likes it with bananas and also just on toast. today, I had 3 spoonfulls while sitting at my desk at work (I sread it out over the day, but I just couldn't resist it).

Megs said...

Fantastic. Will certainly make this very, very soon. Like maybe for breakfast.

stephchows said...

Yeahhh!!! I'm so excited you gave it a try :) Thanks for the shout out :D

Kristin said...

It's begging for crepes!

Federica said...

Ohhh I love Nutella! But I can't eat it...

Happy 4th of July!!

Sunshine said...

Megs - As long as you've got a good food processor, you'll have better reults than I did.

Stephchows - It's an awesome recipe. I can't wait to make it again.

Krisitn - That was the original plan, but it got late really fast before I actually got around to making the Nutella. Next time though...

Federica - Thanks so much. I wish you could eat some. It was really yummy.

Peanut Butter Swirl said...

you know I have never had nutella but this sounds really good and will probably save me some mula :)

Gaia said...

nutella once in a while it's a nice panacea and eated with moderation is ok!
I have to wait for fall to make it . this is not good period for nuts. Now at home we are making marmelade and jam and everything with fruits for winer!