A long-term dream of mine has been to come up with a less guilty pleasure and just a few real ingredients, no junk and additives. I was lucky to learn the basics when I studied with Ramon Morato in May, but in spite of his version's yummy taste, I felt there were not enough hazelnuts. So ever since, I have been changing the basic recipe to contain more and more hazelnuts. Now on version 7.0 and 8.0, the total hovers between 48% and 50%, with the addition of chocolate as the second largest ingredient, then sugar, butter, vanilla bean and fleur de sel.
I am excited to report that it is yummy, really yummy! I will make it available right after Labor Day along with our fall offerings. In the meantime, the little video I recently posted on Instagram takes you through the steps. And I should mention that the hazelnuts come from the fabulous Freddy Guys Hazelnuts in Oregon. I order 16 lbs at a time, but you can get them in much smaller quantities. And get them roasted, they are out of this world!