Nutella is a weakness of mine. However, the palm oil in each pot threatens the environment so I try not to buy it very often. Here is an easy recipe to make some for you or friends over the holidays. ‘Spread’ cheer at every meal with homemade chocolate nut spread on the table
You will need:
- 200g chopped and toasted nuts (the more hazelnuts you use, the more it will taste like Nutella)
- 200g chocolate (I prefer dark chocolate)
- 500ml condensed milk
- Roll of paper towels as it can get messy!
- Honey, salt and/or cinnamon to taste
This recipe has a lot of room to improvise, so don’t be afraid to try something a little different.
1. Place nuts in food processor and cream until smooth. (I tried it in a blender and it was too much work for the poor thing)
2. Set up a double-boiler on the hob to melt the chocolate. You can put a heat proof bowl in a pot that has a little bit of water on the bottom if you don’t have a double-boiler.
3. Add condensed milk as the chocolate melts.
4. Pour melted chocolate/milk mixture into the food processor with the creamy nuts and continue to blend. As I was using a blender, I had to split the mix into 2 parts and add more milk so the blender could work properly.
5. You might need to occasionally stop the food processor to scrape down the sides.
6. The mixture will get ‘stiff’ the longer you mix it. I recommend stopping once it looks smooth.
7. Depending on your preferences, you might want to add salt, honey, or even cinnamon to give the spread a little kick.
8. Keep in the fridge for up to 7 days (although I am sure it will be long gone before then!)
9. If gifting, invest in mason jars and place a small piece of cloth on the top with a ribbon.