Posted by Bee & John on July 6, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Inspired by my Razzella success - (raspberry version of a Nutella equivalent) I experimented some more - but trying to think of a slightly healthier way to go with the chocolate spread.
I wanted to include Chia seeds. What are Chia seeds? They are amazing really and useful because they taste of NOTHING - but because they swell up, I needed to add another ingredient - I decided on orange zest and orange juice.
Follow the ingredient list for the Chocolate Hazelnut Spread in the Everyday cookbook - except do not get the hazelnuts, but you will need 2 unwaxed oranges and 40g of chia seeds.
- grind the chia seeds with the sugar. You don't need to grind the sugar but as the chia seeds are light, grinding them together helps. Grind on speed 8 for 20 seconds
- Peel the zest off the oranges and add to the bowl. Grind on speed 8 for 10 seconds.
- you may need to stir the mixture slightly if it has formed a paste at the bottom.
- Scrape down the sides and grind for another 10 seconds on speed 8
- add the chocolate - grind for 6 seconds on 6
- add the milk and butter AND the juice of the 2 oranges
- cook at 50oC for 7 minutes on speed 4 (to better mix the liquid and the sugar)
- The mixture will be quite thick still, remember the chia seeds swell up. If you think it is still too thick add some more orange juice and cook again for another minute on 50oC, speed 4
- this spread is a little gritty unless you scrape/grind the chia seeds and zest several times.
- in case you are doing a larger/double batch OR doing 2 above, REMEMBER not to let the mixture get too gluggy, you don't want to lock the blades in place while the engine is trying to turn them - buying new blades is not fun. Just keep checking and stirring the paste down the bottom and blending for 5-10 seconds at a time and you'll be fine.
- I cut down the sugar to 50g, but because I added the orange juice I didn't feel that it was enough - keep to the 90g of sugar stated in the recipe