I slathered the first year of motherhood with nutella. (There’s proof of that right here.) It needed it—for both the protein and the indulgence. If there had been enough time to go to the doctor, they would have diagnosed me with a deficit of both and prescribed a jar of nutella. So a slather a day it was. I’m exaggerating only slightly.
I knew there was only one way to celebrate the Edible Baby Bash for Ashley of Edible Perspective—with a slather of nutella. This time a homemade variety made from toasted hazelnuts, melted chocolate, and plenty of salt and vanilla. Ashley is known for her nut butter recipes, so I’m taking the liberty to add a new indulgent nut butter to the gallery. Because those early days of motherhood need it. (For the protein, of course.)
To Ashley—I hope you’re generous with yourself. You’ll convince yourself that everyone else comes before you. And they will for awhile. You’ll forget to wash your hair, take off your makeup, and eat lunch. It’s just how it goes. But don’t let it last too long. You matter just as much. Pull out the food processor and make a batch of Homemade Nutella. Shmear it over your favorite bread (Dave’s Killer Bread for me). And sprinkle generously with the natural and not so natural sprinkles. To lots of toast and sweet days ahead.
Preheat oven to 350°. Add hazelnuts to a small baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before pouring onto a kitchen towel. Rub the skins off the hazelnuts. They should rub right off. Place the skinned hazelnuts in a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend on low for about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides every so often. It’s ready when smooth with tiny specks of nuts visible.
Meanwhile, melt chocolate in a double boiler being sure not to let any water drop inside. (In the presence of water, chocolate will seize up.) Pour melted chocolate, salt, and vanilla into the blender or food processor and blend on low for another two minutes. Remove to a container with a lid. Mixture will be very loose at first and thicken up as it cools. Store at room temperature. Stir before serving.
To make the toasts, lightly toast bread. Spread with homemade nutella. Sprinkle with natural or not-so-natural sprinkles. Serve!
Bee pollen, buckwheat groats, and coconut shreds can typically be found at your local co-op or natural food stores in the bulk section.