Here’s an easy recipe on How To Make Praline Paste. It works for hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, etc. And is the base for Gianduja and Homemade Nutella
How To Make Praline Paste
Doesn’t this spread look amazing? Not only it is delicious and easy to make. It is the base for TONS of high-end pastry recipes. Think buttercreams, ice cream, filled chocolates, entremets, mousses, etc.
Usually, pastry chefs buy this product already canned (you can find it HERE at Amazon). But in my opinion, hazelnut praline paste is easy to make at home and it can be frozen and defrosted when needed.
You can make praline paste with blanched almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, etc. You can also combine half almonds and half hazelnuts.
Praline paste is basically caramelized nuts that have been ground. It is originally from France although here in the States it has been adapted and some ingredients have been added like brown sugar, corn syrup, etc.
Here’s the original version.
Ready? Let’s get started!
First, we toast our Hazelnuts in order to release their full flavor and to make their skins easier to remove. 350 degrees F. for 15-20 minutes.
After baking, we place the hazelnuts on a clean kitchen towel and rub them together to help peel their skin off. This process does not need to be perfect, it’s ok if some of the skins remain.
Now we cook our sugar with a little water on medium-low heat
When the sugar mixture melts and becomes amber in color we add our peeled and toasted hazelnuts
Whirl the pan around so all the nuts get coated in the caramel
Place this mixture on a sheet pan lined with either a silicone liner or parchment paper. Let the praline cool and harden for 2-3 hours.
After the mixture has cooled, break off into smaller pieces using your hand or a knife.
Place the pieces in a food processor or high-speed blender. If the mixture does not come together add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. This will help you achieve a creamy paste.
Use, refrigerate, or freeze until ready to use.
See how easy that was?
I will keep updating this post by adding recipes that require praline paste as an ingredient.
Like this AMAZING Hazelnut Chocolate Ice Cream – does not require an ice cream machine. It is made with hazelnut praline and bittersweet chocolate and topped with candied hazelnuts. Perfect for any ocassion.
Homemade Hazelnut Gianduja Squares – Melt in your mouth Homemade Hazelnut Gianduja Squares are made w/ tempered chocolate & praline paste.
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Here's an easy recipe on How To Make Praline Paste. It works for hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, etc. And is the base for Gianduja and Homemade Nutella
- 3 cups Raw Hazelnuts
- 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Water
- 1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil optional
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Place hazelnuts on a sheet pan
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until hazelnuts becomes aromatic and skin begins to break
Remove from oven and place the hazelnuts on a clean kitchen towel. Rub the hazelnuts together to remove the skin off them. Set aside
Place sugar and water in a pan over medium-low heat. Do not stir. When sugar starts turning an amber color and turns into caramel, add the hazelnuts and whirl the pan around so hazelnuts get coated in the caramel. DO NOT OVERCOOK CARAMEL
Place this mixture on a silicon or a parchment lined sheet pan. Spread it with a spoon until hazelnuts are all in a single layer and cool for 2-3 hours
When mixture hardens and cools, break it into little pieces using your hands, mallet, or knife
Place pieces in a food processor or high-speed blender. Process until the mixture turns into a paste. If the mixture does not come together, add the vegetable oil
Pour this mixture into a bottle. If can be used right away, frozen or refrigerated.