I was an exchange student (ah how many times I've said this sentence...) 5 years ago in the US. I'm not gonna talk about how it was (AMAZING) but then and there I gained sisters! Now I have one living in the States and one living in Germany. And next week we are gonna be reunited! I can't wait, I am so excited! So this week I am going to Germany and was thinking what I should bring. Because basically Germany has everything that Hungary has, if not more. So what to give what to give? I was thinking really hard when a completely random thing came to my mind. I should make some nutella. She loves nutella. Frankly, who doesn't, right? I love it, too although it's been years since I ate any. I can't really explain why because I always think that if I eat just one spoon, I will gain a 100 pounds immediately. But with this thought, I shouldn't be eating any brownies, cookies...etc.
BUT today I tried my homemade Nutella. OH MY GOD. I wouldn't have thought that it really will actually taste like the original Nutella. But it does! And to tell the truth, it tastes even better! But homemade is always better. Right? :) It is made with love and natural ingredients. And real chocolate...hmmm...Sounds heavenly, doesn't it?
If that hasn't convinced you to make some now, then I will tell you, it is SO easy to make! I am not saying it is mess-free. Nah, I made a huge mess in my kitchen but it's due to my very small food processor and my wish to make an enormous amount of lovely hazelnut-chocolate spread :)
makes for 3 jars
200 g Hazelnuts
1 can Condensed Milk
255 g Chocolate - the darker the better
1/2 cup hot Milk
Roast the hazelnuts for about 10-15 minutes either in the oven or in a dry pan over the heat.
When the nuts are ready put them on a tray or a magazine and let them cool down a little.
Once they are not hot anymore, place them in the food processor and start processing them.
It will be quite a while, if you don't have a very professional machine, like me. The hazelnuts will become Hazelnut butter and will look like this.
When you're done with this, start bringing water to a boil. Place a big bowl over the water and melt the chocolate.
When the chocolate has melted, pour the condensed milk in.
Mix them together.
Love the chocolate swirls :) Then get ready to add the mixture to the hazelnut butter and process it some more. Add the hot milk if you find it too dense, I did. But if you like it thick, then you can leave the milk out.
When it is creamy enough, Nutella has been created! Congrats! Brace yourself for some battle with yourself, it will be VERY hard not to eat a lot :)