Thursday, February 2, 2012

Red Velvet Nutella

Leave it to the Mad Hausfrau to mess with the perfection that is Nutella. Forgive me. But once I got this idea in my head I could not let it go.

The trick was finding a recipe to adapt where I could add buttermilk. I went with David Lebovitz's version.

It's a unique tasting spread for sure. Tangy, chocolatey, nutty flavor and a fun food for Valentine's Day.

Red Velvet Nutella
(Very slightly adapted from Chocolate Hazelnut Spread from David Lebovitz)

  • 1/3 cup blanched almonds (I cheated and used almond flour)
  • 1+1/3 cup blanched hazelnuts
  • 1+3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 7/8 cup powdered milk
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Red food coloring
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spread Almonds and hazelnuts out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Place in oven and toast until golden.
  • Heat buttermilk and powdered milk in a saucepan. Whisk over a medium heat. The buttermilk will curdle. Do not boil. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Place roasted nuts in food processor and blitz it to get the mixture as fine as possible.
  • Place milk and dark chocolate in the microwave and melt. Mix together until smooth and add to the nuts in the food processor. Blitz until combined.
  • Add the teaspoon of vinegar and combine.
  • Add the milk mixture to the other ingredients in the food processor through a strainer. Discard the milk solids.
  • Process until smooth.  Add the food coloring and process until the color is uniform. The mixture will be liquid. It will firm up in the fridge.
  • Fill jars with the mixture and refrigerate a few hours before serving.
Makes about 2 cups. I filled four 4oz jars.


  1. I think you need to start marketing this! Crazy good idea that yes, only you could have come up with!

  2. So fun! Are you baking up a recipe with it?

    1. Hi Barbara: Not sure yet. Now you have me thinking....

  3. Oooh, this would be a good mac filling!

  4. This nutella is really special!

  5. I think I need to unfriend you - you're endangering my diet!!! :-o

  6. How did you know I love all things red velvet and all things nutella? This is my drug of choice.

  7. You've got me thinking I need to make this for my dad's birthday. He's a big Nutella fan.

  8. Very clever! Absolutely perfect for Valentine's day!

  9. Now you have my attention. We like all things red velvet down here.

  10. I thought just about everything 'red velvet' had been covered throughout the blogosphere, from pancakes to crepes to cookies, you name it. BUT, you, so creative, have created the grande dame of red velvet! Red Velvet nutella is brilliant!! I LOVE it! I can't wait to try it!

  11. Looks fabulous and the texture is so good .. wish I can lick from that spoon.


  12. Whoa! This is absolutely amazing Lora. Slightly bonkers but oh so beautiful :)

  13. Anything red velvet makes my husband eyes light up, and he saw this post over my shoulder and his eyes nearly popped out of his head. So awesome.

  14. I have made homemade Nutella before, but you've taken it to anther sphere! AMAZING!
    P.S. I love the glittery meringue lips too:)

  15. What a good looking spread! Sounds like a delicious & clever idea! I love Red Velvet desserts! :)


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