Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hazelnut Creamer

I came on here to post this and then got all interested in everyone else's blogs and almost forgot. Anyway, hazelnut creamer is what I put in my coffee every day (unless I have honey). I love the stuff so I run out of it a lot. It was time to try making my own. The recipe I saw said one can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup of milk and hazelnuts. I didn't have sweetened condensed milk but I have evaporated milk and if you add a cup and a quarter of sugar to it, you have sweetened condensed milk (yes, that is a LOT of sugar). The recipe was a big vague. It said to take the hazelnuts (a half pound, I hate it when things are measured in pounds- so just used the as many as I felt like cracking) and put them in the milks and let it set for 6 hours. It did not say if the hazelnuts should be chopped so I didn't know but I chopped mine some. I also didn't have 6 hours to wait around. So I went on to the second step where you heat the milk and hazelnuts and keep it cooking for about a half hour without boiling it. It smells pretty good while you are cooking but not like hazelnuts.
So since it didn't get to soak for 6 hours, I though that since I didn't need it until morning that I would just cook it and let the hazelnuts sit in it until morning.
This morning came and I tried it in my coffee and while it tastes like a good creamer (how could it not with all that sugar in it?) it did not have any hazelnut flavor to it as far as I could tell. I will try it again tomorrow and see if it improves any. If not, I'll keep trying. I probably didn't have enough hazelnuts or it really does need to soak first and then get cooked. We'll see.


  1. What about grinding the hazelnuts first?

  2. What about toasting the nuts; then grinding. Toasting bring out the flavor in the nuts. Sounds yummy.

  3. Similar thoughts here...I was thinking you could put the whole batch into a blender and puree, then let it sit overnight, strain and add to your coffee...maybe you wouldn't need to strain. Yes, toasting sounds like a good idea!

  4. Becky, if anyone can perfect it, you can.