Chocolate Hazelnut Spread: Edible Holiday Gifts

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chocolate hazelnut spread recipe
Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Adapted from Epicurious.com. Yields 4 cups.

Ingredients:

2 cups hazelnuts, skinned
1/4 cup sugar
1 pound semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, room temperature
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread out nuts on a rimmed baking sheet or in an ovenproof skillet. Roast, shaking sheet once for even toasting, until deep brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely.

Grind hazelnuts and sugar in a food processor until a fairly smooth, buttery paste forms, about 1 minute.

Place chocolate in a medium metal bowl. Set bowl over a large saucepan of simmering water; stir often until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove bowl from over saucepan; add butter and whisk until completely incorporated. Whisk in cream and salt, then hazelnut paste. Store for up to 4 weeks chilled. Allow to sit at room temperature to soften.

Note: If hazelnuts have skins, rub them in a kitchen towel after toasting to easily remove.

This recipe is one of our five ideas for edible homemade gifts. Click here to read the full story on lohud.com. 

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Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

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