Monday, November 9, 2009

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

We love making our own Christmas presents. It is our thought that by taking the time and effort to make something for our family members, we are giving much more than just buying something at the store.

Here is one of the items our family members might be receiving in the annual Christmas goodie bags. I just ordered the jars for these and several other items that will be discussed in future posts.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread (just like Nutella)
(this is for 4 servings)
1/3 cup hazelnuts, with the skin on
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place nuts in a single layer on a shallow baking pan. Toast until the skins are almost black, about 15 minutes. Wrap the nuts in a kitchen towel and rub until most of the skins have come off.
Process nuts in food processor scraping down sides of bowl occasionally for about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Combine milk, chocolate and honey in heatproof bowl or top of double boiler and set over a pan of simmering water. Stirring occasionally, heat until chocolate has melted.
Add the chocolate mixture to the liquefied nuts and process until mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes.
Transfer to airtight container and store refrigerated up to 1 month.

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