"Nutella" Pudding

February 24, 2011

Author Notes: Sometimes (actually pretty often) I eat Nutella out of the jar for breakfast. I'll eat it in pretty much any form. I've seen recipes for Nutella panna cotta, but I generally like pudding better than panna cotta, so I thought I'd try to come up with a pudding recipe. After two recent failed attempts at Nutella fudge, I know that Nutella scorches easily and loses its taste when heated too much. So I thought I'd try with good bittersweet chocolate and hazelnuts instead -- a little more adult than Nutella, and less easy to scorch.Arathi

Food52 Review: Arathi had us at Nutella. Of course, when we read past the recipe title and saw how she steeped the milk with freshly roasted hazelnuts and vanilla before making the base, and that she used Dorie Greenspan's blender method to ensure a velvety mouthfeel, we knew we were in the hands of a pudding expert. This is nursery food with a twist, and it truly tastes like Nutella -- only better. We couldn't resist stealing pinches of the vanilla milk-soaked hazelnuts after we strained them from the base, and we highly suggest you do the same. -A&MThe Editors

Serves: 8


  • 1 1/2 cups whole hazelnuts
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 extra-large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch, sifted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large pinch salt
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
In This Recipe


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes. Let cool. When cool, put in a clean towel and rub vigorously to remove skins (you can also just use your fingers). It's okay if some skin is left on -- you're going to strain later.
  2. Chop the cooled hazelnuts to a coarse crumb in a food processor.
  3. Make the hazelnut-infused cream: Put the milk and half and half in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape out the seeds and add both the bean and seeds to the milk. Add the hazelnuts and heat to scalding over medium-low heat. Remove from the heat and set aside to infuse for 20 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks, cornstarch, sugar and salt together in a large bowl until thick and pale yellow.
  5. In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  6. Strain the milk-hazelnut mixture into the egg yolk mixture, half a cup at a time, whisking after each addition until you've added about a cup and a half. Then strain and whisk in the rest of the milk. Return to the saucepan over medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the custard is thick and starts to bubble, about 3 minutes.
  7. Strain the thickened custard into a clean bowl. Stir in the melted chocolate-butter mixture.
  8. Optional, but highly recommended: Scrape the entire pudding into a blender or food processor and process for about 30 seconds, until silky-smooth. I learned this from Dorie Greenspan's pudding recipes, and it really gives the pudding a wonderful lightness.
  9. Spoon the pudding into small ramekins or dessert cups, cover with plastic wrap and chill, overnight if possible. DO NOT eat it unchilled -- right after you make it the flavors will not have blended and will taste a little off.

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Reviews (70) Questions (1)

70 Reviews

Michele H. July 7, 2016
Besides being less easy to scorch, Nutella is actually vile stuff - I did a project where I figured out the recipe using algebra. It is like 1/3 sugar, 1/3 Palm oil, and the rest is a whiff of cocoa, hazelnuts and dried milk.<br /><br />I know it isn't supposed to be health food, but when you can easily get hazelnuts and good chocolate yourself, why not use them!
Imran R. March 9, 2016
I just made this and it was delicious; great chocolate flavor and fantastic texture. BUT -- the hazelnut flavor was almost totally lacking. Think I followed the directions correctly -- toasted them and had them in the cream for a little over 20 minutes. Any ideas on what I might have done wrong? Perhaps I needed to chop them much more finely than I did? Otherwise I'll keep making this but completely skip the hazelnuts, since they made the recipe about 2x as complicated.
Chris V. July 25, 2014
This is absolutely wonderful! One of my favorite recipes I've found on this site. Everyone I shared this with loved it. Thank you so much for sharing, Arathi!
martini July 10, 2013
1 cup half and half, of what
fiveandspice July 10, 2013
Half-and-half is a product you can buy in the US, it's basically half cream and half milk mixed together, often used for putting in coffee.
Mishie March 8, 2013
So excited to try this! Could the same result be achieved by replacing the last blender step with a hand mixer? I don't have a blender but silky smooth pudding sounds like something to strive for :)
marynn October 22, 2011
Oh drat, cookiecakes! I just read your suggestion after having shoved the poached hazelnuts down the disposal. Hmmm...guess I'll just have to make this unbelievable pudding again. Sarah, this is divine. I could not get my husband out of the kitchen (which was OK 'cause that way, he could clean up).
cookiecakes October 21, 2011
This is the second time in a month I am making this! It is absolutely heavenly. If you don't want to waste those delicious cream-cooked nuts, chop them up with graham crakers in the food processor, press into a square baking dish and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. When the crust is cool, pour the pudding over and top with whip cream!!! Nutella Pudding Pie!
Author Comment
Arathi October 26, 2011
Oh wow! I'm so glad you liked it! The chopped but crust is an AWESOME idea! I will definitely try that out the next time I make this. Thanks!
Minimally I. September 24, 2011
Arathi - I just made a batch of Nutella Pudding and I'm lucky it made it to the fridge. If it tastes this good warm (when the flavors are off), I'm in real trouble tomorrow! Can't wait to dig in. Thanks for submitting this recipe.
Author Comment
Arathi September 25, 2011
Oooh! I'm so glad you liked it, and excited that you tried it out. Let me know how it tastes cold - it's just my preference to eat it cold because I feel it tastes more Nutella-y that way. Let me know what you think, and thanks so much for letting me know!
Minimally I. September 26, 2011
Hi Arathi, I can't reply to your reply, but just wanted you to know that it. was. incredible. I'll have to sample it again and often to determine the ideal serving temperature, but I don't think there's a wrong one. :)
LocalSavour March 8, 2011
Nutella. Pudding. Um, there's really nothing more to say then that. Congrats on being a finalist!
Author Comment
Arathi March 10, 2011
Thank you!
LittleRobinRed March 6, 2011
I made this and the flavor was amazing! Better than Nutella, if that's possible. Hard to believe the nuts aren't even in there when it's all said and done because there's so much hazelnut flavor. The texture of my pudding was a little lumpy, I did skip the last straining and didn't do the food processor step, so I would recommend that others be less lazy. My pudding was also a little runny, I'm thinking I should have cooked it a little longer. I just took it right off the heat as soon at it started to boil.
Author Comment
Arathi March 7, 2011
So glad you liked it! I think the last straining is what would chiefly reduce lumpiness. But I hear you on skipping those steps - I'm always tempted to do it so I don't have to clean even more dishes.
monkeymom March 4, 2011
Nutella is a favorite at our house. This recipe looks great! Congrats on making the finals.
Author Comment
Arathi March 7, 2011
Thanks monkeymom!
TiggyBee March 4, 2011
What a cool recipe! Congrats on this!!
Author Comment
Arathi March 7, 2011
Thank you TiggyBee!
singing_baker March 4, 2011
Congrats on being a finalist! I loooove nutella. I can't wait to try this!
Author Comment
Arathi March 7, 2011
Thank you singing_baker! I made your roasted fennel and white bean dip for a party last weekend and everyone loved it. Thank you so much!
gwennw March 4, 2011
I have the dessert course for my next dinner party! I absolutely cannot keep a jar of Nutella in my house anymore. Between my daughter and I, it will last just a few days....a spoon here, and spoon there... Next thing you know, we have finished off an entire jar in two days!
Author Comment
Arathi March 7, 2011
Thank you gwennw! Do let me know if you try it out! I love this Nutella-jar-eaters club :)
mjlandry March 3, 2011
I just ate a heaping tablespoon of Nutella from the jar and then i come to this website and see this pudding recipe! You have got to be kidding. I am making this ASAP! Sounds like a delicious pudding:-)
Author Comment
Arathi March 7, 2011
Thank you! Please let me know how it turnd out if you do try it!
Sagegreen March 3, 2011
Congrats, Arathi, on being a finalist. Nutella sure can hit a soft spot with a lot of folks!
lapadia March 3, 2011
I second this comment!!
Author Comment
Arathi March 7, 2011
I know! I'm so happy to find more people share my love of Nutella.
Waverly March 3, 2011
Author Comment
Arathi March 7, 2011
Ha :) This summarizes my thought process :)
violist March 3, 2011
AH, Nutella. I was introduced to something like it in Italy, but it then took another 20 years before I discovered it here with that name! To section an apple, and spread it with Nutella, is one of lives great culinary pleasures. Elvis, if he would have known about Nutella, would have NEVER used peanut butter. I can't wait to make this pudding. Thanks, Arathi
Author Comment
Arathi March 7, 2011
Thank you! The Nutella-apple combo sounds great, I will definitely be trying it out.
fiveandspice March 3, 2011
Wow, this sounds absolutely lovely. Love the idea of hazelnut infused milk!
Author Comment
Arathi March 7, 2011
Thank you fiveandspice. I have been eyeing your Suspiciously Delicious Cabbage for some time now, it looks amazing.
Midge March 3, 2011
Congrats Arathi! I might just have to lift my Nutella ban and make this. Sounds and looks really wonderful.
Author Comment
Arathi March 7, 2011
Thanks Midge!
alamesa March 3, 2011
I can't get half and half here in Spain.So many recipes I read from the U.S. require it. Any suggestions as to what I could use instead would be much appreciated.
hardlikearmour March 3, 2011
A close enough approximation is to mix 3/4 whole milk to 1/4 heavy whipping cream.
katiegirl March 3, 2011
This looks amazing and my husband loves nutella so I'm definitely going to make this one.
Anatole March 3, 2011
Mon Dieu! Congratulations.
Cipriani March 3, 2011
I made this yesterday and it was truly spectacular. Very inventive. Congrats, Arathi!
Author Comment
Arathi March 4, 2011
I am SO thrilled that you tried it and it worked out for you! Thanks so much for letting me know.
abbiew March 3, 2011
Yay, Arathi! I can't wait to try this and am excited that you're finally sharing your secrets with Food52...yummmmmmm
Author Comment
Arathi March 4, 2011
Thanks Abbie! Hopefully I can make it for you next time you visit :)
Author Comment
Arathi March 3, 2011
Wow! Thanks everyone - this is such a nice surprise! I just had Nutella again for breakfast this morning :) Thanks for all the nice comments and the wonderful photos - I don't have a camera and use my cell phone for pictures, but ate the pudding before taking any! This is really exciting!
healthierkitchen March 3, 2011
Great recipe, Arathi!
Author Comment
Arathi March 5, 2011
Thanks healthierkitchen :) It is not at all healthy, I'm afraid, but your recipes are very inspiring. I'm definitely cooking with a lot more whole grains since finding this site.
healthierkitchen March 5, 2011
Very sweet of you to say, Arathi! My family would kill me if I didn't allow them an occasional dessert! And, this is much healthier than the jarred Nutella which my daughter loooooves.
Panfusine March 3, 2011
Congratulations! Awesome comfort food... I eat nutella straight out of the jar with a spoon!
Author Comment
Arathi March 5, 2011
Thank you! It is even nicer to see all these kind comments than to be a finalist!
cheese1227 March 3, 2011
My very own Nutella jar was speaking to me all morning!! Lovely pudding!
Author Comment
Arathi March 5, 2011
Thank you cheese1227! My Nutella jar and I are in constant communication too :)
drbabs March 3, 2011
Congratulations on being a finalist!
Author Comment
Arathi March 5, 2011
Thank you! I saw your shrimp gumbo win and put it on the menu for this week, it looks amazing.
mrslarkin March 3, 2011
Congrats on the EP Arathi, and on being a finalist!!
Author Comment
Arathi March 5, 2011
Thanks MrsLarkin! I am in awe of your baking skills.
gingerroot March 3, 2011
Congrats on being a finalist! Can't wait to try this.
Author Comment
Arathi March 5, 2011
Thanks gingerroot! Your Chocolate Haupia pudding looks fantastic, I'm definitely going to make it soon. I'm jealous you live in Hawaii - went to Kauai recently and it was absolutely the best vacation I ever had!
gingerroot February 25, 2011
Oh yum! This sounds really good...I bet it would make delicious ice cream too!
Sagegreen February 25, 2011
I keep my nutella under lock and key! This sounds wonderful.
mrslarkin February 24, 2011
Nutella is a staple in our house. Thank goodness Costco sells it for less in big ginormous jars. This pudding goes above and beyond Nutella! Thanks for the recipe!
Author Comment
Arathi February 25, 2011
Interestingly enough, while I have a history of going to Costco and emerging with a carload of stuff I don't need but thought was such a good deal, I have never bought Nutella there! Must start now!
wanderash February 24, 2011
You had me at Nutella! I make milkshakes with it..... so naughty.....so good!
Author Comment
Arathi February 24, 2011
I'm glad I'm not the only one with a Nutella addiction!
Midge February 24, 2011
I hear you on the Nutella. I really can't have it in the house. The pudding sounds equally addictive.
Author Comment
Arathi February 24, 2011
Thanks! This is the first recipe I've submitted, it's so nice that people are so supportive! I made your grown-up birthday cake with homemade sour cherry preserves a few weeks ago and it was outstanding!
Midge February 24, 2011
Homemade sour cherry preserves? Yum! So happy you liked the cake!
hardlikearmour February 24, 2011
Love nutella, too. In fact I love it so much I never buy it, lest I eat an entire jar! This pudding sounds A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!
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Arathi February 24, 2011
Thank you! Your cajeta fondue looks amazing as well, I'm definitely going to try it. I love caramel just as much as Nutella :)