If you scratched your head at the words "chocolate hazelnut spread" let me turn it into a phrase that you'll understand: homemade Nutella! This rich, addictive spread that's wildly popular in Europe makes for a luxurious and slightly rustic edible gift. It's absolutely delicious to eat and surprisingly uncomplicated to make. To turn the hazelnuts into a butter, you will need a food processor, but other than that the ingredients are common and the technique easy. Although the recipe calls for hazelnut oil, I didn't feel like buying a whole bottle of the specialty item, so I used canola oil instead. And my Nutella came out scrumptious! Look at the recipe after the break.
From the LA Times Ingredients 2 cups raw hazelnuts Directions Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons hazelnut oil, more as needed
From the LA Times
2 cups raw hazelnuts
Makes about 1 1/2 cups.