Hazelnut Praline Paste
The only Hazelnut Praline Paste I found in New Zealand was in a specific shop and it was really expensive. Hazelnut Praline Paste is made from a mix of nuts and sugar syrup. French pralines are a combination of almonds and caramelized sugar. In this recipe I used hazelnuts because I need to do an hazelnut butter cream to stuff some my hazelnut macaroon and also to prepare some home made chocolate hazelnut spread for breakfast. You can also use this recipe as a gluten free breakfast spread, in any gluten free baking recipe or to flavour vanilla custard and stuff eclair like in this Hazelnut Eclair recipe.
It is a pretty easy recipe. First, you caramelized nuts in your saucepan which is basically cooking the nuts into the melted sugar. Then, use a food processor to process the mixture into a powder – that is what we call pralin it French. Finally, if you want to reach the Hazelnut Praline Paste simply process more until it turns into a paste ! That is basically the same thing as making hazelnut butter – instead that here you roast the nuts in caramel before processing. It makes a sweeter paste delicious in any recipes or on a French crepe.
Hazelnut Praline Paste - Easy French Recipe
- 2 tablespoon water
- 5.6 oz coconut sugar or Monk fruit Golden for a sugar free option (160 g)
- 8.5 oz raw hazelnut (240 g)
- Pour the water and sugar into a saucepan. Bring to boil.
- When bubbles are forming on the side of the saucepan, add the raw hazelnut. The sugar will form some crystal, that is what you want.
- Reduce to medium heat, stir the nuts to cover them into the sugar. The sugar will dissolve slowly turning into a caramel - golden sugar syrup - after few minutes.
- When the caramel is formed - the sugar syrup is golden brown - remove the saucepan from heat.
- Pour the mixture onto a plate covered with parchment paper.
- Place into the fridge for 10 minutes until the caramel harden.
- Pour the caramelized hazelnuts into a food processor and processor on high speed until it turn into a paste - about 1-2 minutes.
- First you obtain a powder, then crushed nuts and finally it will turn into a paste.
- Store in a mason glass jar in the pantry for up to 1 month.
Nutrition panel is for one serving of 20 g (0.7 oz). This recipe makes 20 servings.