Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Hazelnut & Chocolate Butter

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I only recently discovered that you could make butter from nuts very easily and quickly and although I am probably really late jumping on the bandwagon I thought it would be worth sharing it anyway. The first time around I made peanut butter using just a mixture of salted and dry roasted peanuts and the result was delicious. Because you don't need to add anything else to the mixture it ends up being a lot better for you than the shop bought equivalent. All you need to make a nut butter is a small food processor with a blade and your chosen nuts.

You will need-
  • Whole hazelnuts
  • Mix of dark and milk chocolate chips- the amount depends on how many nuts you are using so do it to your taste
Pre-heat your oven to around 120C then place your hazelnuts on a baking tray and bake for around 20 minutes. Keep a close eye on them as you don't want them to burn. Once they are baked remove them from the oven and wrap them in a tea towel straight away. Leave for a few minutes so they steam as this should help you to remove the skins. Grab the bundle of nuts and rub them vigorously together to remove the skins. They will not all come off so you may need to keep going for a while. Don't worry about getting them 100% clean but its good to not have too much skin left as it will effect the flavour.

Pour the nuts into your food processor and get grinding.
Keep going, make sure you scrape the sides down regularly
Thats about it.
Add your chocolate chips and mix for another 30seconds or so till incorporated.

Move to a sterilized jar and keep in the fridge. I love to eat it spread on apple slices but it would be great used in cakes, mixed into ice-cream or just eaten on toast.

Enjoy x

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