Hazelnut is probably one of your favourite coffee flavours if you enjoy smooth, nutty drinks. Across the world, cafes and coffee shops sell this well-liked flavour. You have a range of ordering options, like hot coffee, iced coffee, cappuccino, and more. Hazelnut is an excellent choice for blending with non-traditional components like almond milk.
Currently, an increasing number of consumers prefer to enjoy their favourite brews at home rather than waiting in line at Starbucks. But what if you enjoy a flavored coffees like hazelnut? We have four really simple recipes as your solution!
A hazelnut brew is simpler to make than you would imagine. Depending on whether you prefer your brew to be sweet or a little stronger, there are a few different ways to make it. We will outline the simple procedures for preparing a tasty cup of hazelnut coffee at home in the article that follows.
Making a Traditional Hazelnut Coffee
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The majority of coffee shops provide hazelnut coffee that has been "flavoured" with hazelnuts. Although it is tasty, it can significantly increase the sugar, fat, and calories in your morning coffee. Also, it differs from how a hazelnut brew is typically made.
It's not difficult to make coffee that truly tastes like hazelnuts. You probably already have the majority of the materials and supplies on hand.
- Coffee Beans of your choice (light roast is usually preferred)
- Shelled, unsalted hazelnuts OR hazelnut Coffee powder from dramallama
- Milk of choice
- Sweetener of choice
- Optional: Hazelnut extract
- Coffee grinder, spice grinder, or food processor
- French press (or other brewer)
Assemble the components
Get your chosen whole bean coffee as your first step. A mild roast is advised because it will enhance the flavour. Moreover, you'll need unsalted hazelnuts because salt can change how your coffee tastes. Moreover, you want to make sure the nuts are whole because most of the taste is found in the shells. You won't detect any skin in your beverage, so don't be concerned. Both your beans and your nuts should be measured out. Two parts beans and one part nuts are what we advise using. But, you might need to experiment with the ratio to find the flavour that suits you best.
Grind the coffee and hazelnuts.
To grind the beans and hazelnuts together, add them both to your grinder. Remember that when you grind hazelnuts, oil will come out, thus you might prefer to use a separate spice grinder or food processor rather than your coffee grinder. The end product should ideally be on the coarse side to help bring out the flavour of the nuts in the beans. After using your grinder or processor, make sure to give it a thorough cleaning.
Brew some coffee.
Whatever brewer you have on hand can be used for this recipe. But, if you have a choice, we advise choosing a French press because it enhances the hazelnut flavour. Put the grinds in the machine and make your coffee as usual.
Add milk or sugar (optional).
The final step is entirely optional. Hazelnut coffee is frequently consumed black, without any other additions. Having said that, it can be made lighter by adding milk and sweetness. Add coffee to a mug after adding one or both.
A tasty tip: Use almond milk instead of dairy milk to make your beverage as healthy as possible. In addition to reducing the calories and fat, it also provides another deliciously nutty component. The almond milk must be heated before being added to the hot coffee or it will separate.
Try adding a few drops of hazelnut extract to your coffee for a stronger, more overt hazelnut flavour. It can also be made sweeter without being overly sweet by adding half a tablespoon of maple syrup. Additionally, the combination of the two flavours is pleasant and smooth.
Making a Coffee House Hazelnut Brew
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Stick with the coffee shop version if you like your hazelnut coffee to be sweeter and more akin to a desert beverage. It is a straightforward procedure that will have you sipping the brew in no time, just as the recipe above.
So that you can experiment with several iterations of your favourite coffee flavour, gather all of your ingredients as well as some of the optional ones.
- Preferred coffee (whole beans or ground)
- Hazelnut syrup (natural if possible)
- Cream or milk
- Sweetener of choice
- Ground cinnamon, whipped cream, Nutella (optional)
- Drip coffee maker or other brewers
Make the Coffee - Making the coffee is the first step. Any type of coffee will do, although we've found that a medium roast works best. Also, we advise using a conventional drip coffee maker. To determine which coffee works best, you might have to experiment with a few different brands, but in this case, you can make plenty for everyone.
(Optional) Add Hazelnut Syrup - You can buy hazelnut syrup online, at grocers, and in coffee shops. You might need to test out a few before you locate the best one because they are not all created equal. When your coffee is ready, take a mug and fill the bottom with two tablespoons of hazelnut syrup. Coffee should be added and thoroughly mixed.
Add Milk and Sugar – Depending on your taste, add cream or milk to give your brew a smooth creamy texture. You can use sweetener, as well. You want to add the sweetener slowly, however. Syrups, even all-natural ones, can be sweet. Try adding half a teaspoon at a time until the desired sweetness is achieved.
Foodie Tip: Since organic syrup contains less sugar and is suitable for many other dishes, we prefer to use it in our hazelnut coffee recipes. You can check out some of our favourite products or try making your own.
Try a Nutella hazelnut coffee if you want to amp up your coffee. Make four cups of your preferred coffee. Then, cook the coffee, 1/4 cup of hazelnut syrup, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and a dash of ground cinnamon in a sizable saucepan over medium heat.
In a separate bowl, add ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream and 1 tablespoon of Nutella. It will thicken to the consistency of whipped cream if you whisk it quickly.Divide coffee into four mugs and add whipped Nutella to the top.
Hazelnut Iced Coffee
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Iced coffee is great during the warmer months, though it can be enjoyed throughout the year. While a hazelnut ice coffee is tasty on its own, we like this mocha version that adds a little something special to the recipe.
Hazelnuts or hazelnut syrup
Milk (or half and a half)
Heavy whipping cream
Brew coffee. For this recipe, brew 4 cups of coffee in either way outlined above. Once done, transfer to a container with a tight lid and allow to cool to room temperature. Note: If you prefer the syrup, brew your coffee and add the syrup before allowing it to cool.
Add syrup, milk, and vanilla. Once cool, add ¼ cup chocolate syrup (or 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder), 1 ½ cups of milk, and about 4 drops of vanilla extract to the container. Replace lid and shake rapidly until all of the ingredients are mixed well.
Make the chocolate whipped topping. In another small bowl, add two teaspoons of sugar or sweetener and a tablespoon of hot water. Mix until sugar is turned into a liquid. Add ¼ cup heavy whipping cream and 1 ½ teaspoon of cocoa to liquid sugar. Whisk briskly until mixtures start to thicken. Place to the side.
Put it all together. Fill four cups halfway with ice. Pour coffee mixture over ice ¾ full. Add chocolate whipped topping and sprinkle with cocoa powder to garnish.
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If a sweet, fancy coffee such as the one above is not to your liking, a hazelnut cappuccino may be more your speed. For this recipe, we will be making it traditionally, though you can swap out ingredients and steps to suit your needs.
Light roast coffee beans
Unsalted, shelled hazelnuts
Milk of choice
Coffee grinder, spice grinder, or food processor
Milk steamer or saucepan
Grind the beans and brew espresso. The first step is to grind your coffee beans and nuts together as shown above. Keep in mind that hazelnuts are oily when ground, so you may not want to use your coffee grinder for this. A strong blender, food processor, or dedicated spice grinder should do the trick! For a cappuccino, you should have one part espresso and one part milk, though you can choose whether you want a single or double shot. Brew the espresso into a mug and set it aside.
Steam milk. Next, you will need to create both steamed and frothed milk. Using about a ½ cup of the milk of your choice, you can heat your milk if you have a steamer on hand. Otherwise, in a medium saucepan slowly heat milk on medium stirring often. You don’t want to let the milk come to a boil. Once it’s hot, add half the contents to your espresso.
Froth milk. With the remaining milk, turn the heat up slightly and use a hand mixer on low to beat milk. Increase the speed slowly as you go until you see a foam-like texture appear. Add the remaining foamed milk to your cup.
Benefits of Hazelnuts
Today, hazelnuts are primarily grown in the United States, Turkey, Poland, and China. While it’s still eaten in its raw form, it’s also popular as an ingredient in candy, butter spread, baked goods, and coffee syrup. That is not the only reason why its popularity has grown, however.
These nuts have a lot of nutritional value that the early Scottish clans were not aware of. Take a look at the benefits that go along with eating this nut:
- Promotes heart health
- Prevents several forms of cancer
- Strengthens muscles
- Nourishes skin
- Good for bone health
- Regulates blood pressure
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves blood sugar levels
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