Find the original recipe here: DeliciouslyElla.com
Nutella is one of those things I buy because… well, the kids make me do it. No, no one is actually forcing me to hand over my cash, but pester power isn’t called a Power for nothing. In fact, I think Pester Power should be one of those Marvel Action Heroes…anyway, I digress. I do feel guilty about the nine ingredients in Nutella even if the TV ad does boast about the real hazelnuts. So any chance of having a go at something more healthy, well, count me in.
Time: About 20 – 30 minutes
Cost of ingredients: £££
Special equipment: A sturdy food processor. Ella recommends the Magimix, but my trusty old Kenwood multi-pro was up to the task.
How did the kids rate it: 7/10
(The recipe says this makes 1 jar. To be specific, this filled one of my 380ml jars.)
For the purposes of this recipe I broke out my son’s Subbuteo mug as it’s probably the only regular size mug I own. One mug takes around 150g of hazelnuts with a bit of a gap at the top.
Having made this a couple of times already, there are a few points I would add to Ella’s instructions.
Once the hazelnuts are roasted their skin turns quite papery and flaky. The recipe says nothing about removing this but but I found on my first attempt that it made the overall taste a little bitter (especially if I’ve left the nuts in the oven too long). So now whenever I make this I give them a good shake in a colander over the sink – that seems to do the trick. I don’t quite get it all off but it’s good enough.
Sometimes Ella’s recipes are a little vague in terms of ingredients and instructions. One such instruction is to chop the hazelnuts in the food until they break down (about 10 minutes). Well, if you’re like me you’ve never seen a nut break down before, so I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for. Well, you’ll know when you see it: when they’re completely broken down they turn from a crushed digestive-like texture to a sticky nut-butter consistency like this:
It’s worth spending time on this bit especially if your child doesn’t like bits in their food (smooth peanut butter all the way in our house). I was slightly worried my Kenwood multi-pro might not be up to the task of grinding nuts for 10 minutes. I had images of explosions and nut butter stuck to my kitchen walls, but I needn’t have worried. Take that, Magimix!