Praline Paste Recipe

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Praline paste is a sweet caramel, nutty paste you can make using a few simple ingredients.

Praline paste is one component that is used to make hazelnut sauce, or is combined to make a crispy bottom in an entremet cake.

What is praline paste made of

Praline paste is made of caramel (sugar and water) and roasted hazelnuts, then it’s blended into a paste.

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Can you freeze praline paste

Yes, you can freeze praline paste and thaw it in a couple of hours at room temperature.

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How do you use hazelnut praline paste

Hazelnut paste can be used as is for your recipes.

You can use hazelnut paste as the base for making hazelnut sauce.

Another options is using it as a base for creating the bottom of a cake.

You can combine it with melted chocolate, and puffed rice for a delicious, crispy hazelnut and chocolate cake base.

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Praline Paste Recipe

How to make praline paste
Prep Time30 minutes
Active Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: sauce
Yield: 200 g


  • 35 g water
  • 100 g sugar granulated
  • 100 g hazelnuts
  • pinch salt


  • Roasted ~100 g of hazelnuts at 360 °F for 15 minutes. Let the nuts cool to room temperature. Remove the skins by rubbing the cooled down nuts in your hands until most of the skins have come off. Remove as much of the skins as possible off of the hazelnuts.
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  • In a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar over low – medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves and begins boiling. Stop stirring the saucepan and let it boil on its own. Turn down the heat and let it boil on low (1-2).
  • The sugar will go through transformations as it becomes caramel. The sugar will begin to form crystals and be completely dry in the saucepan.
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  • The sugar crystals will begin to melt and become a golden brown color. When it's turning a bit darker of a color, it's time to take it off the heat. You don't want to burn the caramel sauce.
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  • Get a baking pan ready with a silicone baking mat lining it. Once your caramel sauce is finished, remove it from heat. Mix the sauce to make the crystals melt all the way through if there's any left in the pot. Pour the hazelnuts and salt into your caramel sauce and mix until they are fully covered.
  • Pour the hazelnut and caramel sauce onto the silicone baking mat. Let it cool to room temperature, it will solidify.
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  • Break the caramel into smaller pieces. Place them into a food processor. It will be LOUD. Prepare yourself! It's best to do this step with ear protection. Blend on low, then on high. Scrape the sides down and blend until it becomes a paste (a couple of minutes).
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