I have this little book for 2 years now, "200 Chocolate Recipes" by Felicity Barnum-Bobb. I use it for food photography purpose and never tried any recipes in it. Until one night I was thinking it's time for the book to fulfill its destiny in my hand.
How I wished we grow hazelnuts locally in this country, coz a jar of homemade Nutella won't hurt at all. But I love peanuts just the same. I can finish a jar of Skippy crunchy peanut butter by myself and not feel guilty at all :). So when I poured the shiny chocolate spread into 2 half-pint mason jars, I couldn't help but feeling gleeful inside, almost could feel the dancing of two most delightful food in the world on my tongue already.
It was that good I felt like spooning all night. Literally :)
Original recipe by Felicity Barnum-Bobb
Modified by Riana
Makes 500 g
2 Tbsp vegetable oil (I use rice bran oil)
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
- Grind the peanuts into a paste in a food processor. Add the oil, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract, and whiz again to combine.
- Pour in the melted chocolate and blend until the mixture is very smooth, warm and runny. Pour it into a clean jar (sterilized is better) and cover. Leave to cool and thicken slightly before using. It will keep for up to 1 month covered, at room temperature. You know, if you don't finish it all already :)
- Use real chocolate for best result. The ones with cocoa butter, not palm oil. The coverture ones, not the compound.
- Do not worry that the spread turns out runny. It is at first, but it will thickened after 1-2 days, achieving a true spread consistency.
- Because it uses caster sugar, the texture is a little bit gritty. It is still creamy and good, but I'll try using powdered sugar next time for extra smoothness.
I bought the mason jars at Ace Hardware. They're cheap and good, available in various sizes. I lined the cover with the pretty fabrics I bought at BagusBagus scrapbook counter of Ria Nirwana, my scrapbook yoda, sent one jar along with a loaf of wholewheat bread to my best friend and keep another for my indulgence.
Hope you like it like I do :)