So originally this was supposed to be a post on home made nutella, but sadly, as you can see, it didn't get that far. My mother effing food processor over heated and went KAPUT! So I had to just roll with it and I hummed and hawed for a minute and then decided, since the hazelnut dough tasted so darn good, that I would turn it into a dessert. And the hubby would be happy!
Picture above - The hazelnuts before and after they were roasted.
You can tell when they are done in the oven because all of a sudden you'll notice an AMAZING GLORIOUS smell in the kitchen. You'll open your oven and notice all the skins are cracked and that means DING! Finished! Just let them cool a bit and then roll the hazelnuts in your hands until the skins fall off. I'm a tab bit allergic to hazelnut skins. They make my throat scratchy. The same thing happens to my daughter Chloe, but with almonds. Do any nuts do that to you?
Guess what else happened! I cut my middle finger on the blade. The stupid food processor deserves the middle finger for breaking on me and then cutting me... I'm not upset....
Add all your cooled skinned hazelnuts to your food processor and blend on high until it has become a fine flour texture, then add cacao powder, pure vanilla extract and unpasteurized (raw) honey and blend again until the dough becomes like cookie dough.
Grab a 6 X 6 baking dish and line it with parchment paper, cutting the corners so it fits in nicely. Separate the hazelnut dough in half. Pour one half into the baking dish and pat down so it's even and put in the freezer.
Make the cream! Use soaked cashews, sweetener, coconut oil, pure vanilla extract and celtic sea salt and blend until creamy. Pour that onto your base and let freeze.
Once the cream layer is frozen, add the second half of your hazelnut dough to the top and pat out evenly and freeze again until firm.
Make raspberry sauce.
Cut hazelnut squares into 9 equal pieces 30 minutes before serving and top with raspberry sauce.
Make sure you close your eyes when you take your first bite!
This dessert screams creamy and with the raspberry, it just gives it that extra sweetness that everyones looking for in a perfect dessert.
My super sweet lovable sister babysat for us so we could go to the business awards here in town. My husbands business was nominated. We had a great time and my sister was paid in dessert. Love you Mary!
CACAO HAZELNUT CREAM SQUARE WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE
Prepare ahead - Soak 1 1/4 cup raw cashews, covered in filtered water, for 4 hours
- 4 cups raw hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup cacao powder (or cocoa)
- 1/4 cup unpasteurized (raw) honey (do not use pasteurized honey) or pure maple syrup #2
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed
- 4 tsp. coconut oil
- 5 tsp. pure maple syrup #2
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. celtic sea salt, ground
- 4 tsp. filtered water
- 1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen - thawed
- 1/2 - 1 tsp. unpasteurized honey or other sweetener of your choice
1. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C). Soak raw cashews, covered in filtered water. Add 4 cups of raw hazelnuts to a cookie sheet. Bake on middle rack for 5-10 minutes or until you can smell the hazelnuts and the skins are cracked. Take out and let cool.
2. Roll hazelnuts in your hands until the skins fall off. Add to food processor and blend until hazelnuts turn into a fine flour.
3. Add cacao powder, vanilla and sweetener. Blend again until it becomes a cookie dough texture.
4. Separate the hazelnut dough into two equal parts. Line a 6 X 6 baking dish with parchment paper and pour in the one half of the dough. Pat down evenly. Freeze.
5. Make the cream layer. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour on top of hazelnut layer and freeze until hard.
6. Add second half of hazelnut dough to the cream layer, once it is frozen, and pat down evenly. Freeze until it is firm.
7. Make the raspberry sauce by blending ingredients. Set aside.
8. Cut the hazelnut square into 9 equal pieces. Let thaw for half an hour and top with raspberry sauce and dig in! Enjoy every bite!!!
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