Posts tagged ‘nutella’

April 16, 2012

for the love of nutella

Seriously folks I would NOT recommend you make this if you are PMS’ing like me… because I could seriously sit down right now and eat the whole pint of home-made nutella accompanied of course by a bottle of red wine. HOME MADE NUTELLA… did you catch that?! ┬áInside 1 hour you could make 2 pint jars full of deep dark nutty, and way better for you that the store bought stuff, chocolate hazelnut spread.

Enough said right! everyone loves nutella so get cracking (literally)

Last fall our friend gave us a huge bag of local hazelnuts and I all but forgot about them until today. What a great stress reliever bashing open nuts with an old hammer is!

Start by toasting 1 1/2 cups of nuts in a cast iron pan in a 400┬░ oven for 10-15 minutes, then toss nuts in a tea towel and rub vigourously to remove as much of the skin as possible. If your impatient like me… leave some of the skins on.

Put nuts in your processor and blend on high until a nut butter starts to form.

meanwhile in a large pot warm:

1 1/2 cups whole farm fresh milk

3/4 cup coconut milk powder

1 Tbsp. local honey

1 Tbsp real vanilla

a pinch sea salt

Once combined and just bubbling, add in 2 cups of chocolate chunks (I used a blend of dark and milk chocolate), reduce heat to low and stir continuously until the chocolate is melted in nicely, remove from heat.

Then pour warm chocolate mix into processor and combine with nut butter until silky smooth.

This yields just shy of 2 full pint jars of spread. Keep refrigerated and make sure your jars are sterilized.
And don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Oh and now that you are flush with nutella try my go to all time best ever no flour torta made with nutella

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October 24, 2011

no flour hemp chocolate torte

This is my all time favourite go-to fancy looking (by sinfully simple) dessert favourite!

I have been making this hazelnut nutella tort for about 3 years, and have made some really yummy variations… but this hemp seed version takes the cake!

The original recipe comes from Nigella’s “how to be a domestic goddess” but I have tweaked it enough to make it my own and whip it up often with no recipe and no fear.. as it always turns out perfect!

In a double boiler melt:

150 g of butter

100 g of the best quality dark chocolate

once melted remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

In a stand mixer whip to soft peaks:

6 egg whites

In a large bowl combine:

6 egg yokes

a splash of vanilla or liquor of your choice

350 g Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) or Almond butter for a less sweet variation

100 g finely ground organic hemp seeds

pinch of salt

and cooled melted chocolate

mix well, then gently fold in egg whites.

 

grease shallow tart pan with a hearty slather of butter (I have had mixed results using oil to prepare the pan in this recipe)

a 12″ round tart pan is perfect, however I recently used a 12 x 8″ rectangle tart pan (with a push through bottom, those are my favourites)

bake at 350 for 25 minutes, at which point the torte should be starting to crack in the centre, and will feel firm to the touch.

allow torte to cool for about 10 minutes before removing the outer pan (if using a push through) glaze with a lovely chocolate gnache which I make by melting in a double boiler roughly 150 g of chocolate with a dollop of butter, once melted add about 1/3 cup heavy cream or whipping cream and mix well, pour and slather the gnache and sprinkle with more hemp seeds, allow to set for at least 30 minutes before cutting.

I promise you will LOVE this as much as I do!