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We were able to purchase fresh hazelnuts while in Portland last fall. This is one of the many ways to enjoy them. Hoping for a 'healthier' version of the store-bought variety, dark chocolate is used here with great results (for dark chocolate lovers) or it may be made with milk chocolate for the more traditional flavor.


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20 mins
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2 cups


Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Spread hazelnuts onto a baking sheet and roast in preheated oven until slightly browned and the skins are slightly blistered, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Spread a kitchen towel onto a flat work surface. Put the hazelnuts in the middle of the towel and wrap the towel around the nuts. Roll towel vigorously to strip the nuts from as much of the skins as you can remove. Discard skins and set nuts aside to cool completely.

  • Put hazelnuts in a food processor and grind into a paste; add sugar, canola oil, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. Continue to process the mixture until it is as smooth as you can get it.

  • Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Pour chocolate into the food processor and blend into the hazelnut mixture. Use a spatula to transfer into a container with a tight-fitting lid, but cool completely at room temperature before sealing tightly.

Cook's Note:

Having purchased a pair of 'potato scrubbing gloves' from a kitchen store, discovered these are quite handy for removing the skins from the little roasted hazelnuts!

Heat for 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave, covered, to soften end product to spreadable consistency.

You can use other types of vegetable oil, but you'll want it to have a mild flavor so as to not impose on the others.

Nutrition Facts

88 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 8.6g; fat 6.2g; sodium 39.1mg. Full Nutrition