It’s the start of the long weekend in Perth and it is HOT… and with no air con at my house it means anything that requires baking is out of the question. Last weekend I woke up at 6am so I could turn the oven on to bake a cake I have been dreaming of for weeks. After 5 minutes of having it on I was so hot and bothered I turned it off and gave up on the cake… just until either the house becomes bearable or I locate an air conditioned kitchen…
Instead I turned to my trusty food processor and my other trusty friends – hazelnuts and cacao. If you follow me on Instagram you might have already seen this little creation, but I made it again and I made it even better this time.
That is right…I FINALLY made homemade Nutella. This has been on my “to do” list for a while now but it somehow keeps slipping down the list of priorities, but no longer and boy am I glad, this stuff is divine!
And I have a little surprise for. You get two recipes for the price of one today. Because after I made the Nutella and ate about half of it from the jar, I decided I better make something else with it, so I made Nutella popsicles.
Both are super-duper quick and easy recipes (I know all my recipes lately seem to be quick and easy… and they might be for the next month because I have jammed 5 weeks’ worth of cooking into 1 so that I can still post a few recipes while I am away in Mexico for 4 weeks!… but really, there is nothing wrong with quick and easy when it tastes this good).
That brings me to my next point. I am off to LA and Mexico on Wednesday this week and I will be there until the 4th of April… tough life I know. Hopefully I will get enough time to stay on top of things but just in case, I would like to apologise in advance if I seem like I am absent / ignoring comments, etc.
I will still be posting recipes while I am away so check back every Saturday morning, as per usual, for something new (and no doubt quick and easy)… and I would love to know if you would prefer me to post during the week. I don’t know why I started posting on Saturdays but I did and it just kind of stuck.
Homemade Nutella (recipe from America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook)
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook time: NA
Makes: 1.5 cups
- 2 cups hazelnuts, roasted and skins removed
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup icing (powdered) sugar
- 2 tbs hazelnut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/4 tsp salt
Process the hazelnuts until the oils have been released and they form a smooth paste (2-5mins)
Add the cacao, icing sugar, vanilla and salt and process until you have the desired consistency – Try 2 minutes, if still too dry process for another minute
Transfer to a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to one month…. or make Nutella Popsicles!!
Prep time: 5 mins
Freezing time: overnight
Makes: 4 popsicles
- 1/2 cup Homemade Nutella – recipe above (or of course you can use store bought if you want to)
- 1 cup milk
Whisk the Nutella and milk together
Pour into popsicle mould and freeze overnight
Tips and Tricks:
- You can use hilo milk for the popsicles, though whole milk will be creamier
- If you are using wooden popsicle sticks, place some baking paper or aluminium foil over your popsicle mould and create holes where the sticks should sit to stop them falling to the side