I discovered the idea to make your own Nutella while browsing Pinterest. I had just gone to the grocery store and saw that a jar of Nutella was selling for around $6.99 and I just could not buy it. Not when I had the components at home ready to go. Part of being economical with food when going through a time financial time is using what you already have.
Preparing the hazelnuts
You need 7 ounces of hazelnuts. The recipe just toasts them on the stovetop but does not mentioning de-skinning the hazelnuts. It appears that they already have mostly de-skinned hazelnuts but I didn’t. I toasted them for a while and then put them in a 275F for around half an hour.
I put them in a fine sieve and used my silicon oven glove to roll them around to get a lot of the skins off. Then I moved to using my fingertips and did a pretty good job. It is laborious so if you can get hazelnuts without the skins, do it!
I put the hazelnuts in the food process and processed… and processed… until it looked like peanut butter. OMG, so loud and long! But it did eventually break down.
Preparing the chocolate
Melt 9 ounces of dark chocolate in a double boiler. I used as much as I had but had to add in some regular chocolate chips so I would have enough. I should have finely chopped the chocolate I suppose but it did all mostly melt.
Bringing it all together
Add 1 can of sweetened condensed milk into melted chocolate.
Mix thoroughly. Yes, so pretty!
Combine chocolate and hazelnuts in the food processor. That was my idea actually, I did not just want to fold everything together. I wanted this as smooth as possible.
Have 1/2 cup of warm milk handy and then slowly add a little at a time until you reach the consistency you want.
For me, this was perfect. Sticky but still kind of liquidy.
This makes a generous amount of homemade Nutella and so cool, it really does taste like the original.
The only difference is the consistency. It is a little grainy which for a spread is not a big deal but I probably will not be using it for my Nutella hot chocolate.
I used it to stuff my waffled cinnamon French toast for brunch yesterday and it rocked! I was absolutely impressed.
Now I am out of condensed milk, dark chocolate and hazelnuts but I will make it to payday with lots of Nutella to indulge in. I have had those hazelnuts in my freezer for months so in the end, I am glad I did not let them go to waste.
Plus, making something that is mass produced in your own kitchen is subversive for this foodie, not to mention fun. I just had to know if it was possible and worthwhile to make it yourself and I have to say, it is!