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How to Make Homemade Nutella

By Molly Durham in Food on Dec 23, 2011 4:15PM

If you thought your love affair with Nutella couldn't go any further, you were wrong. Sure, maybe it takes a truly Nutella-obsessed person to take the time to do this rather than going to the store and buying it, but when Nutella is your form of crack, it's so satisfying to make your own drug!

All it takes is 6 ingredients, and you'll have an uber-hazelnuty version of this Italian spread.

2 cups raw hazelnuts
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 tablespoons hazelnut oil (start with 3, and add more as needed)

Spread the hazelnuts evenly over a cookie sheet and roast at 400 degrees until they darken and you can smell them, about 10 minutes. Transfer them to a damp towel and rub them to remove the skins.

Put the hazelnuts in a food processor and grind them to a smooth butter, scraping the sides every minute or two. Do this for 5 minutes, or until it looks like the consistency of a nut butter.

Add the cocoa, sugar, vanilla, salt and hazelnut oil to the food processor and continue to process until well blended, about 1 minute. It should now have the consistency of a creamy peanut butter. Add a little extra hazelnut oil until if the mixture is too dry. Remove to a container, cover and refrigerate until you use it.