Chocolate Spread

A delicious homemade chocolate spread that is perfect on pancakes and toast…or straight from the jar

Preparation Time – 20 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes

Makes  – 1 x 350ml jar

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Ingredients

  • 140g hazelnuts, blanched
  • 225g Homecook Dark 72% Cocoa
  • 25-50g sugar of your choice
  • 3 tbsp powdered whole milk
  • 350ml whole milk
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 180C and spread out the hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for about 12-15 minutes until golden, then allow to cool.
  2. Once cooled, grind into a smooth paste in a food processor, scooping out and reserving a couple of spoonfuls early on if you’d prefer a crunchy texture. Depending on your machine, this will take about 10 minutes and you’ll need to keep scraping down the sides; be careful the motor doesn’t overheat.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over, but not touching a pan of simmering water, or in the microwave. Stir together the milk, milk powder and 25g sugar in a small pan, and heat to a bare simmer.
  4. With the processor still running, pour the hot chocolate into the hazelnut paste, followed by the hot milk, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Taste, and add as much of the remaining sugar as you wish, then when you’re happy, stir in any reserved part-ground nuts.
  5. Pour into a clean container, allow to cool, then chill until set.
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