“Happiness is homemade!”.
I follow a lot of food bloggers and many of them have amazing DIY recipes or make their own ingredients from scratch. I love how spiffy and innovative they all are. Truth be told, I am quite the opposite . I will use most shortcuts that life offers (in the kitchen or otherwise) and if there is an easier way out, chances are I WILL be cruising along it!
But there are times when even I go the homemade route rather the store bought. When I would rather eat something made with real ingredients than spoon it out of a tub with a label of unpronounceable and unknown chemicals !
Nutella is almost a baking pantry staple for me – I put it in cookies , bars , frostings , cakes and more ! There are umpteen number of homemade Nutella recipes or Nutella inspired recipes made with all kinds of nuts. I used Almonds , because they are much more easily found here than hazelnuts , much easier on the pocket and because I like almonds! Remember these almond brownies ? Yum!
I followed a method that I had come across in the cookbook by Flour bakery. The process is not much more complicated than making a ganache. I steeped some cream ( 20 % , yay!) with ground almonds to infuse the nutty flavour . To this , I added a molten mixture of both dark and milk chocolate . You could use either or both in proportions that appeal to your taste buds. I kept my almond chocolate spread chunky by swirling in some coarsely chopped toasted almonds , but if you like things smooth , you could just mix in almond paste.
Creamy , rich , chunky Almond-ella!
If you ask me , not sure whats the difference between an almond chocolate ganache or chocolate almond spread. Ganache is meant to be spread right. So its just semantics ?
One thing I WILL tell you…. its YUM ! Use it in any recipe that would ask for Nutella. Or spread it on your toast on that Monday morning when you would do anything not to go to work at 8 am. Or sneak a spoonful when you open the refrigerator to get out the veggies to prep for dinner (We all know we have done it !).
Will I never buy Nutella again ? I probably will.
Will I make this Almond-ella again ? I surely will.
Should you make this Almond-ella ? You definitely should !