1 April 2011

Fat Fridays...

I have a confession.

I think I have a borderline-obsessive relationship with Nutella.

And no, I don't mean this in the 'yeah, I like to eat it off a spoon occasionally' [and please god tell me you do that] kind of way, I'm talking every-time-I-go-into-the-kitchen-the-jar-is-opened kind of way. And you can forget the spoon for a start.

Whatever. I'm sure me and Nutella can work out our troubles. Well, that is if it doesn't get slightly green-faced at the fact that I now have a new favourite.

Homemade Nutella.

I know! Homemade means good for you, right? Well my dears, it certainly does in my book, and it's for this reason that I feel no shame in practising aforementioned addictive behaviours where this version is concerned. It's finger-lickin' good. And so, so darn edible. You know how regular, shop-bought Nutella has that sickly sweetness that eventually forces you to stop? Well, this recipe takes away that cloying-ness [it's totally a word] and replaces it with good, wholesome temptation.

I found the recipe at Poires Au Chocolat; a proper foodie's blog with some stunning photography. YUM.

INGREDIENTS
and just because I forgot it deserves a picture of its own...


Ok, I know the gigantic bottle of vegetable oil isn't selling it, but promise me you'll give this a go if you have even a slight liking for Nutella? It might turn you all into raving chocolate-spread freaks too. And that would make me very happy indeed.

Spread the hazelnuts onto a baking tray and roast in a pre-heated oven at Gas Mark 4 // 180°C // 350°F for 5 - 10 minutes until they're slightly golden and fragrant. Mmmmmm... eau de Nutella.


Put the roasted hazelnuts into a blender and blitz. And blitz and blitz, and then when you think it's done blitz a little bit more. The hazelnuts should turn into a nutty paste eventually, and that's your cue to stop :)


Now, just add all of the other ingredients and carry on blending until you get something that looks like Nutella. Simple! The amount of oil you add is totally down to you, I'd say I put in about a teaspoon, and that made for a fairly liquid spread, so just add it in a few drops at a time and let it mix.


I found that my mixture became denser after a few days in the cupboard, but it's nothing that a few seconds in the microwave doesn't sort out. Be sure to test it when you've heated it though...just to err...make sure it hasn't gone off [work with me here].

Oh, and just a note as I ended up checking this detail about ten times in disbelief, you add the chocolate in it's usual solid form. No need for melting etc, it just gets blended up with everything else. Genius!


So there you have it. Homemade Nutella. Or should I say chocolate-hazelnut spread?


Go ahead and spread it on some toast. Maybe dunk in a biscuit. A spoon. Your face.


32 comments:

Emily Anne said...

im obsessed with nutella too.
i used to be sooo bad. but now i'm better.

i will have to try the homemade nutella! nothin like homemade things :)

thanks for sharing this!

kate louise. said...

Hehe, this made me smile. :)

I have a shop-bought Nutella phobia as when I was really young, I made my own nutella sandwiches using faaar too much and spent all night throwing it back up. :/ Not touched it since, but I may try the homemade nutella instead now. :) x

DizzyTea said...

this.is. AMAZING.
I love nutella too, but homemade nutella sounds much more fun and yummy than the other one. I will definately try this, fantastic!

Mo said...

I love this, such a great idea. I am going to try this one for sure. I love your 'Fat Friday' posts.
Aw, thanks so much for sending that link through. I'm going to get some thread at the weekend.

xx

Kate said...

Oh man, you're going to make me chunky! Hahaha! That being said, I very much work on the same lines as you: I made it myself, so it must be healthy, right? Anyway, whatever, I've earned it, sweating over that blender for five minutes! Definitely going to give this recipe a go very soon.

Lauren said...

This is one sexy beast of a recipe right here!

I am off chocolate for Lent - nooo!! But after Lent this will definitely be getting my attention.

Beth-Charlotte said...

oh.my.word. I definitely need to try this out!! Thank-you for sharing, and as always your style makes me chortle :)
Beth @ Baking and Brogues
xx

Louder than Silence said...

YUM!!! Sally x

Haute World said...

Oh wow, this looks so good! Thank goodness I don't have a blender, but that probably won't stop me from getting more Nutella. When I lived in Germany, Nutella actually owned a cafe, which sold everything from Nutella muffins to Nutella paninis (they unfortunately shut down a year later). Good times.

liza said...

Yummm. I love nutella but this looks even better. Homemade is always better.

xx

daisychain said...

I am sad to say I have an un-opened jar of nutella in my cupboard...it just cannot compare to my beloved peanut butter. Please dont hate me now.

lilmisskaty said...

I'm so in love with this post! You write really well, made me smile lots.

I'd probably have to test the nuts and the chocolate before blitzing them to be fair, the last thing you want is to have BAD chocolate spread because you didn't check your ingredients!

Belle&Alexa said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
s'all i can say!

Rachel said...

One word - YUM!x

Jazzabelle said...

oh my, amazing! my mum and i are always eating nutella, i'll definitely be showing her this recipe! xx

Cherry Pullinger said...

I couldn't think of anything worse than Nutella!! Forgive me!

Elise said...

this looks SO good! x

Jen said...

W.O.W. I am SO making this!

I adore Nutella. On toast, with banana, from a spoon, off my finger(s)...

Reckless Rekha. said...

You is a genius! hahaa i'd love to bathe in that :)

thankyou so much for your idea never thought of that lovely <3

vered said...

This is good.
x

A Cuppa Jo said...

I'm a quadbury's chocolate spread girl myself and I always have to have just a little taste if I'm in the cupboard:) I'm terrible for lathering digestive biscuits with it.

Hayley said...

!!!!! This is AMAZING. I'm totally going to have to make it now

Fashion Cappuccino said...

OMG, you're so brilliant! It's all your fault if I keep doing this in my kitchen and won't stop eating it! And your definitely of lady is spot-on! I know you're one! :-) xoxoxoo

Sarah said...

Basically: holy crap. *drool*

I Live For It said...

OMG> I love this post!!! Nutella is the best. I really want to try and make this! :)


I Live For It

Xx. Jewls and Liza

Danielle Rose said...

Wow, it looks amazing!
xx

Sonia said...

Mmmm... nutella.
I want to try this recipe, I can't cook but aagh it looks so tasty! I feel hungry just looking at the photos x

Dilan Dilir said...

ohhhh :D love this!!

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Liya said...

ah yummy, now i need it too ;) thx for sharing there!

chloe said...

oh my god i love nutella too but im not friends with cooking, im so impressed with your efforts!
how did it taste?

Lauren Ellingham said...

don't even get me started on nutella. My mum buys a jar and it's gone by the morning. hasn't even touched a piece of toast ..just straight off the spoon! XX