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(recipe, Jan Roberts-Dominguez)
For a richly flavored butter, give the hazelnuts a longer roast than you might for some recipes. Let the nuts cool thoroughly before using. There's a honey option (see Note below) that's not to be missed by all you honey fans. How to use hazelnut butter? Well, any way you'd use peanut butter is a start. If you're going to pair it with jams, my choice is raspberry, which goes so well with hazelnuts. Hazelnut butter is also delicious smeared on chunks of apple. Hazelnut butter can be stored for weeks at a time in your refrigerator, unless everyone else discovers your secret. Then all bets are off. So you'd better have a back-up jar hidden on another shelf!
Hazelnut-Cocoa Butter: Stir ¼ cup of good-quality cocoa powder into the 2 cups of hazelnut butter. If you didn't add the ¼ cup of granulated sugar, then you will need to stir that in also. Honey-Hazelnut Butter: Honey is an amazingly complimentary flavor to hazelnut butter. Instead of the ¼ cup of granulated sugar, blend in 2 to 3 tablespoons of honey; omit cocoa powder. Delicious!