Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Makes 3 cups Serving size: 1 tbsp Cooking time: 15 minutes Preparation time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 6 cups water 6 tbsp baking soda 3 cups hazelnuts, blanched, skins removed and toasted 3/4 cup maple syrup 1 tbsp vanilla 3 tbsp dutch pressed cocoa powder Directions: Preheat the oven to 375°F. To remove the hazelnut skins: In a medium stock pot add water and bring to a boil. Once boiling add baking soda. Next, add the hazelnuts and boil for 3-4 minutes. Remove from boiling water and run under cold water. Place the hazelnuts on to a tea towel and manually dry. With the tea towel rub off the skins using your index finger and thumb. Add hazelnuts to a parchment lined baking sheet and place into the oven. Toast until golden brown, about 10 minutes. To make butter: In a high powered blender (or food processor) add the hazelnuts and blend until completely smooth, about 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the equipment as needed. Add the maple syrup and vanilla, and blend for another 3 minutes. Next, add the cocoa powder and blend until completely incorporated, about 3 minutes. Remove from… Read More

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Food of the Month: Heal with Hazelnuts

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Also known as the filbert nut or cobnut, hazelnuts have a rich, bitter, and unique nutty flavour that make any basic dish or dessert seem decadent. Hazelnuts contain beneficial flavanoids which have been shown to support brain health,  improve our circulation, and help keep symptoms associated with allergies at bay. Hazelnuts are also high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. They are specifically high in oleic acid which has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol.  This will help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. But wait, there’s more! They are also rich in Vitamin E, folate, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Use them in salads, pestos, nut cheeses, spreads, granola, and of course your favourite cheesecakes, coffee cakes, cupcakes, trifles or any sweet treat of your choosing!… Read More

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