Thursday, April 7, 2011

thursday thrift: chocolate hazelnut spread (soo much better than nutella)

i have to admit, homemade chocolate hazelnut spread may not be the best topic for a thursday thrift. it may end up being a tiny bit more expensive than buying nutella, but i swear it will be worth it.

i also have to apologize for my absence from the interwebs, or specifically this blog, for the last couple weeks. i got really sick a week and a half ago, and became mentally drained as well as physically incapable of much. the flu really knocks you out. i'm still not feeling 100%. i also just started a new job today, so much has been happening, and i'm exhausted, so i'll keep this short. i'm making myself post this blog, even though i want to sleep so very badly.

right, so back to this nutella knock-off. the recipes i've found call for whole hazelnuts, but i cheated a bit and bought a jar of hazelnut butter (which is just from hazelnuts). incidentally, i bought this jar a loooong time ago for the intent and purpose of making chocolate-hazelnut-spreadable-goodness, but i got lazy and forgot. one day, however, i remembered i had it and got to work. and it was super easy. super. easy. you can also do the whole hazelnut thing - probably cheaper than the hazelnut butter, but a bit of extra work too. extra work doesn't hurt you though. that's what they say....

here's what i did:
  • 1 250 gram jar of hazelnut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • up to 1/4 cup nut oil (i used walnut, i'm sure hazelnut oil would be divine, but canola may work if you're in a pinch)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
and i just mixed it all together with a hand-mixer until it was smooth enough for me, and i poured it into pretty jars and refrigerated.

if you want to use whole hazelnuts, you will need a food processor, or a good blender (or be okay with chunkiness). use this recipe here. it looks really well thought out.

do try this at home. its not as sweet as nutella, but it tastes richer, and realer. it is realer, really.


Anonymous said...

that looks amazing - another one to try for sure. sorry to hear you've been very sick; it's never fun to be sick in the spring time. Congrats on the new job and I hope you're doing well.

btw, have you ever tried making home made ginger beer? Not ginger ale or ginger flavoured drink but ginger beer using yeast? we made it last week and used it to make Dark n Stormys - it was fantastic. I posted the recipe we used on before

andrea said...

I concur. It IS so much better than nutella. Make some more Joey! :)

Sharon said...

I wouldn't be opposed to you making some of that yumminess and giving it away...hint hint