Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread (Homemade Nutella)

Chocolate and hazelnut spread, also known as Nutella, is a beloved treat enjoyed by people of all ages. This creamy and indulgent spread can be used in a variety of ways, from spreading it on toast to using it as a filling for cakes and pastries. While store-bought Nutella is readily available, making your own homemade version allows you to control the ingredients and customize the flavor to your liking. In this article, we will guide you through the process of making your own delicious chocolate and hazelnut spread at home.

Gather Your Ingredients

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients on hand:

  • 1 cup of hazelnuts
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Roast and Skin the Hazelnuts

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spread the hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast them for about 10-12 minutes, or until the skins start to crack. Remove the hazelnuts from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Once they are cool enough to handle, rub the hazelnuts between your hands or in a clean kitchen towel to remove the skins.

Blend the Hazelnuts

Transfer the skinned hazelnuts to a food processor or blender. Process them for a few minutes until they form a smooth and creamy paste. You may need to scrape down the sides of the processor or blender occasionally to ensure even blending.

Add the Remaining Ingredients

Once the hazelnuts have reached a creamy consistency, add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to the food processor or blender. Blend everything together until all the ingredients are well combined and the mixture is smooth and glossy.

Store and Enjoy

Transfer the homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread to a clean jar or airtight container. It can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks. Spread it on toast, use it as a dip for fruit, or get creative and incorporate it into your favorite recipes. Enjoy the rich and decadent flavors of your homemade Nutella!

By making your own chocolate and hazelnut spread, you can savor the deliciousness while knowing exactly what goes into it. This homemade version allows you to adjust the sweetness and intensity of the flavors to suit your preferences. So why not give it a try and elevate your snacking experience with this delightful treat?

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