Culinary Expert Zoe Rogers gives Nutella fans a gift: a DIY Nutella recipe!
Nutella® (pronounced new-tell-uh) is an Italian Gianduja-inspired, silky-smooth, rich chocolate-hazelnut spread sold around the globe.
In Italy it is often served on toasted bread slices for part of a morning meal, but Nutella is such a mainstay that there is even a Nutelleria in Bologna, a café which serves Nutella exclusively, dishes such as "Nutella Cornflakes," or desserts like "Nutella Ice Cream" and more, while in Paris, you often see Nutella hugged in Crêpes or with Croissant. Do You Love Shamrock Shakes?
This photographer's Flickr photostream captures some fun shots of Nutella culture, not only a Nutelleria in Frankfurt, Germany, but Nutella Art too, and his Flickr photostream brings us this and other treasures.
Nutella-centric global citizens don't stop there. Nutella has also taken the United States by storm, no longer just a fad, now Nutella is sold in supermarkets, typically next to peanut butter, and like peanut butter, it's here to stay.
Online popularity is soaring. In Facebooksphere the official Nutella Facebook Page shows a wealth of international denizens — flags all waving proud as Nutella spooners and spreaders grow — and Nutella becomes top ranked: number 16 in the 2011 Top 20 Brands on Facebook.
The Nutella fan base is very loyal, and there is even a World Nutella Day — NutellaDay.com — celebrated the 5th of February each year! You can get updates via @NutellaDay on Twitter. Nutella holds not only a product enjoyed on its own straight-from-the-jar, spoon-to-mouth, but fans use it imaginatively in a wide range of recipes as well. Top 5 Aphrodisiacs To Ignite Lust In Your Man!
When used in a recipe, Nutella takes many unique forms, not only as the traditional spread, but to flavor a dish too as a recipe ingredient, and also as a topping, filling, frosting, dip, or drizzle.
Since Social Media and Nutella walk, rather run, hand-in-hand, you will find many voices echoing Nutella's praise from the Twitter stream to Pinterest boards, and other Social Media in between, sharing their favorite recipes which showcase Nutella, edibles such as Cheesecake, Hot Chocolate, Brownies, Cookies, French Macarons, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Fudge, Doughnuts, Cake, Cupcakes, Mousse, and Waffles, and that's just a snapshot.
I set out to duplicate Nutella so you can make it at home — a DIY (do-it-yourself) Nutella! You'll find the recipe I created has a fuller toasted hazelnut flavor, and an altogether rounder flavor of chocolate to hazelnut ratio, like its Italian pedigree and what you can currently buy in Italy, rather than the version in the United States which leans into chocolate more with less of a flavor play with the hazelnuts. For The Love of Caesar: 10 New Ways
DIY Nutella® Recipe (Homemade Chocolate-Toasted Hazelnut Spread)
Make my fabulous copycat recipe of the famous commercial spread! Makes 3 cups
— 2 cups raw, unsalted hazelnuts, Available at gourmet shops, health food stores, and select supermarkets
— 1 (14-ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
— 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups) Note: it is important that you purchase high-quality semisweet chocolate chips for optimal flavor results
Preheat the oven to 350◦ degrees F.
Spread the hazelnuts on a baking sheet, and bake the nuts, for about 10 minutes, or until the hazelnuts are toasted a light golden brown and are aromatic. Stir halfway through the baking time so that the hazelnuts toast evenly.
Lay open a clean kitchen towel on a work surface, and using a spatula, transfer the hot hazelnuts to the towel. Fold the towel over onto the hazelnuts so the hazelnuts are completely enclosed.
Being careful, (the hazelnuts will be hot) rub them vigorously to remove the papery skins. Try to remove as much of the skins as possible, but if there are a few remaining that is alright. Discard the skins.
Transfer hazelnuts to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade and cover. Process the hazelnuts for 5 minutes or until a very smooth, butter-like paste is formed and reserve. 4 Delicious Ways To Seduce Your Man Using Edible Aphrodisiacs
Note: If your food processor blade is not sharp, you may not achieve a butter-like nut paste, instead a paste with flecks of toasted hazelnuts — your DIY Nutella® will not be as silky smooth as my recipe version — but don't be discouraged, though the texture will be different, the superb flavor results are the same.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a medium-sized, heavy saucepan, add the chocolate chips, and set the saucepan over medium-low heat. Yum! 20 DELICIOUS Quotes About Food From Your Favorite Female Celebs
Cook, about 4 minutes, stirring constantly, until the chocolate just melts and the mixture is well blended and smooth and remains glossy. (If necessary, if the mixture is getting too hot, remove the saucepan from the heat during the cooking time to prevent the chocolate from scorching, while continuing to stir constantly.)
Transfer to a heatproof, serving bowl, stir in the reserved toasted hazelnut paste, and stir until well blended and smooth; then serve. Store DIY Nutella® in an airtight glass container in refrigerator for up to 1 month. To serve, bring the DIY Nutella® to room temperature. S'mores For Girl Scouts' 100th Birthday
By Zoe Rogers, a leading Culinary and Home Entertaining Expert, Friendship Authority, Author of 9 Cookbooks, and Culinary Judge of Cooking and Baking Contests. Zoe Rogers is an Award-Winning Author of Food and Beverage Articles and Writes about the Connections Between Food, Drink, Love, and Friendship.
Zoe has a Professional Culinary and Baking Degree, a degree in commercial photography and communication design, and she has studied writing and film.
Zoe Rogers is Founder of GalPalGreet.com — Your Home to the Power of Friendship — Where You Can Find Articles, Videos, Crafts, DIY Projects, Food and Beverage Recipes, Party Ideas and Party Themes, Entertainment and More! Zoe Rogers is on Twitter @ZoeInspiresYou
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