Ever notice how confections and condiments taste better when you make them at home? And you have the bonus of knowing exactly what is included in the ingredients without all the additives and preservatives. I encourage all of you to try your hand at the condiments you use most – I guarantee you’ll find they are even better than the store bought variety. This home-made version of the classic Nutella is made with only the finest, top quality ingredients and is sooo much more delicious than the commercially crafted one. I use baker’s confection sugar here as it dissolves more quickly and leaves the spread without the grit of other sugars, but feel free to experiment and create your own version. We’re lucky here to have hazelnuts as one of our local crops here in BC, but if they’re an imported item for you, just try to ensure that they are as fresh as possible, and toasting them will enrich their flavour as well, making the spread that much yummier. Spread will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Try this on grilled slices of artisan bread, as a decadent replacement for your favourite nut spread, or as a filling in your next celebratory cake – any way you serve it, it’s guaranteed to be delicious! Stay tuned here for a gluten-free Chocolate Hazelnut Cake made using this recipe coming later this week.
Makes 1 jar
- 1 cup of hazelnuts, peeled and toasted
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened high quality cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
Place hazelnuts in the food processor and blend continuously until a smooth butter forms (around 3 minutes). Add the rest of the ingredients and continue blending until the mixture is smooth and creamy.