Homemade chocolate spread

Nutella – the loveable chocolate spread – has been a longtime favourite of kids and adults alike; if you want to enjoy a bit of a chocolate treat make your own version of this popular chocolate spread at home with your oven and food processor from Metro Karges.

Homemade chocolate spread

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup whole hazelnuts

1 1/2 cups whole milk (or, ¾ cup skim and ¾ cup cream)

3/4 cup powdered milk

1 tbsp. honey

pinch salt

1 heaping cup semisweet chocolate (chopped squares or chips will work)

1 scant cup milk chocolate (chopped squares or chips will work)

Directions:

  1. On a rimmed baking sheet, toast the nuts at 400ºF for 10 minutes or until fragrant and their skins begin to crack.
  2. Transfer nuts to a tea towel, gather into a bundle and rub together to remove as much of the skins as possible. While still warm, transfer nuts to a food processor and blend until they are finely ground with the texture of natural peanut butter.
  3. Meanwhile, warm the milk, powdered milk, honey and salt in a small saucepan until it starts to boil. Remove from heat.
  4. In a double boiler on the stove (or a bowl in the microwave), melt the two kinds of chocolate, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  5. Add the melted chocolate to the ground nuts in the food processor and continue to process the mixture, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  6. Add the warm milk mixture and process until everything is well blended and as smooth as you can get it.

Makes about 2 cups. You have the option of straining the chocolate spread of the small nut pieces; but feel free to leave as is for added texture and fibre. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.

For more tips and recipes for your home appliances, visit www.scratchanddent.ca or stop by the store at 407 Gage Avenue, Unit #4 in Kitchener. A friendly staff member would be happy to help you or take your questions at 519-743-3623.