Monday, August 20, 2012

SRC: Homemade Nutella

It's that time of the month again!  This month for Secret Recipe Club (SRC) I received Heidi's blog, Heidi's World.  She is Danish and so it was my first adventure with a foreign blog.  I was excited!

Since most of the world other than the US cooks by weight, I was grateful to have my food scale.  But, since I realize not all of you may have one (highly recommend to get, though!), I did my best to translate the recipe into volumetric cups based on the ingredients that I used.  Please realize though that depending on the particle size of what you're measuring, you could actually end up with more or less of the item than intended because of packing, though.

I was intrigued by her recipes which included many unfamiliar things (such as these Moink Balls - Meatballs wrapped in bacon, grilled and then brushed with BBQ sauce...sounds like a Summer cookout winner to me and almost made those!).  Ultimately, I went with a homemade version of Nutella.  If you don't know what Nutella is, surely you've been living under a rock all of these years.  It is chocolate hazelnut spread and somehow passes as dessert for breakfast when you smear it on your toast.  Every time I think of Nutella now I think of the woman that sued them because she was "deceived" into thinking it was a healthy breakfast food for her child.  Really, it's quite laughable to think this given it's CHOCOLATE but hey, that's how Nutella markets themselves with their "breakfast never tasted this good!" slogan.  I'm not sure if this is necessarily healthier than the real stuff but at least you know exactly what is going into it.

I haven't had Nutella in a long while but from what I can remember, this is good!  I mean really, can you go wrong with chocolate and nuts?  I think not.  When it was hot, it was quite soupy and I thought surely I must have read something wrong (it wouldn't be the first time).  But, it does get nice and thick as it cools and sets so don't fret!  I personally would like a thicker spread and more hazelnut flavor so have adjusted those ingredients, accordingly.  This recipe made a lot and is supposed to last 2 weeks in the fridge (if it lasts that long).  I think mine might become ingredients for other things...possibly more recipes to come?

As usual a special thank you to April of the blog Angel's Homestead, SRC ring leader and Debbi of the blog Debbi Does Dinner, our new Group C Hostess!

Homemade Nutella

Homemade Nutella

  • 75g (3/4 cup) pre-chopped hazelnuts
  • 150g (~1 cup) good chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 30g (2 Tbsp) butter
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  1. In a microwave safe dish, toast hazelnuts in the microwave for about 1 minute.  Ground them up finely using a food processor.  For a chunkier spread, process for less time but keep it going longer until the oils are released and it forms a nut butter if you want it nice and smooth like real Nutella.
  2. Heat the cream in a small saucepan on the stove.  Pour in the chopped chocolate pieces and stir until the chocolate has melted.  Add the butter and stir until melted.  Add the nuts, powdered sugar, and salt.  Stir until well combined.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a glass jar and close immediately.  Put in the refrigerator and allow to set.  Can be stored for 14 days in the refrigerator.  You may need to allow it to come to room temperature a bit before becoming spreadable again.
Source: Re-written from Heidi's World


Melissa said...

What a fantastic recipe! I love Nutella, but I have not made it at home...yet :)

Chelsy Ethridge said...

I need to get on this homemade nutella train asap! Looks delish!

Anonymous said...

Wow, would my kids ever be happy if I made homemade Nutella!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

My kids just ate nutella on their waffles this morning! I'll so have to get a big bag of hazelnuts and make this.

I misread recipes all the time and mess up. I'm glad that you told me that it was soupy when it was hot!

Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos said...

I need to definitely make some nutella this year,especially after the recent article about Nutella quality that I stumbled upon - made me really start to think about what's in the products we by. Love this recipe :)

Gloria Baker said...

Ah look delicious!

Debra Eliotseats said...

How decadent is this???

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Oooh, I love this idea! And I look forward to seeing what you bake up with your leftover Nutella...if there's any :)

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

PS...yeah, that container in my SRC post is a porcelain "Farmers Market Basket" from Anthropologie. I need to stay out of that store...I always come out with a shopping bag :/

Lisa~~ said...

LOVE Nutella and how wonderful to have a recipe now.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC entry: Chicken Satay Noodle Salad.

Cook Lisa Cook

heidi said...

I am so happy you liked the Nutella - makes me want to make it again soon, and maybe make it even healthier!
I have to make one correction, though - I am not Dutch, but Danish - not quite the same thing, although the Netherlands is not that far from Denmark :-)

Teri said...

Oh, my, this looks sinfully delish! I will definitely be making this at home from now on. Great recipe!

Feast on the Cheap said...

looks so delish - i'd probably eat the whole pot by myself!

Unknown said...

um, this is kind of amazing. and by kind of, i mean totally is.

nutella is good but it's just so processed - this is lovely and excellent.

happy src reveal from a group D member :)

Tandy said...

I really have to try and make this!

Janie said...

I just bought my first container of Nutella today - definitely want to try making at home! :)

Anonymous said...

There are a TON of Nutella recipes on the web. One of my favorites - but very rich - is an Ooey Gooey Butter Cake using Nutella.