It goes without saying (even though I'm saying it) that I LOVE chocolate. Who doesn't? Don't tell me, I don't want to know!
One thing I'm not crazy about is Nutella. I think it's the hazelnut. I'm not too keen on nuts. But my kids LOVE it. They'd eat it right out of the container if I let them.
I stumbled upon a recipe for homemade Nutella. I can't tell you how nerded out I get when I find a recipe for a store bought/mass produced anything. It's not pretty.
The recipe is ridiculously easy.
Homemade Nutella Recipe
yield: about 1.5 cups
2.5 oz (about 2/3 cups) roasted unsalted hazelnuts
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 oz (about 1/2 cup) unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
3 tbsp honey, agave nectar, or other liquid sweetener **I used agave**
a food processor
I love honey, but I also love to sweeten things with pure agave. While agave (pronounced ah-GAH-vay) is best recognized as the plant from which tequila is made, it has also been used for thousands of years as an ingredient in food. The nectar made from the plant is known in Mexico as aguamiel, or "honey water."
The Aztecs prized the agave as a gift from the gods and used the liquid from its core to flavor foods and drinks. Now, due to increasing awareness of agave nectar's many beneficial properties, it is becoming the preferred sweetener of health conscious consumers, doctors, and natural foods cooks alike.
But, like the recipe says, honey is fine too. Now, before I begin let me tell you my booboo. The only hazelnuts my grocer had was chopped. I recommend you buy the whole stripped ones. The ones I got still had the dark skin on them and in the end it made for a grainy outcome.
This is my cookbook, yall.
Here's the ingredients. (Check UP there ^^ for measurements)
Getting ready to chop the unsweetened chocolate.
Toss them in the chopper
It gets like this at first.
Then the oils start to come out.
Then it's creamy. But notice not AS creamy if I got the
correct nuts. Doh.
Chocolate, agave and milk
Starting to melt
Combine it all!
My Froggie hot pad got dirty...
Give it a whir
*Not too much, it will get doughy*