Sometimes the best things in life are free, or at least less than if you bought them already made. Nutella has always been one of life's little treats and now I've learned how to make it at home.
I love smearing my toast with this chocolaty goodness in the morning and the little specks of salt from the real hazelnuts make the extra amount of work to make it from scratch worth it.
Come on, you know want you want a bite. Read on for the recipe!
Homemade Nutella - makes 4 cups
2 cups hazelnuts
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup whipping cream
3/4 teaspoon salt
1. Roast hazelnuts in an oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Rub nuts with a dish towel to remove skins. Let cool.
2. Grind nuts and sugar in a processor until a paste forms, about 1 minute.
3. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, stir in butter, followed by cream, salt, and hazelnut paste. Stir to combine.
4. Pour into jars and enjoy!
Nutella should be stored in the fridge if not eaten within four days. It will harden as it cools in the fridge but will soften when smeared on hot toast or within four hours at room temperature.