Earlier this week, I popped my head into the DH’s man-cave and shook a jar of Nutella in his face.
Me: Sweetie, don’t eat any more Nutella! Because I need it for a recipe.
DH: I haven’t had any.
Me: But it’s half gone!
DH: I haven’t had any, I swear.
Me: Really? Um…never mind!
Later that week:
Me: Sweetheart, can you buy some Nutella when you go shopping?
DH: But I bought some!
Me: *sheepishly and in a small voice* I ate it all.
Shopping together a few days ago:
Me: Oh, here’s the Nutella! Let’s get this jar, it’s on sale.
DH: *takes small jar out of my hands and puts it back on the shelf* *reaches for biggest jar* We need this one. Actually, we should get two.
Me: No, it’s not healthy for me.
DH: *looks at me pointedly*
So yeah. I ate an entire jar of Nutella. By myself. In the space of a week. But it was just so goooood! And…confession time…I’m eating some more as I type this.
My on-line bake-a-long group is making Nutella Buttons from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi cookbook this week, which is why I had Nutella in the house to begin with. The Nutella Buttons are these cute little mini cupcakes with Nutella in the centre and ganache on top. Although in my case, because you know I had to change something in the recipe, I used homemade Magic Shell as a topping.
It’s surprising easy to make them, although you do have to whip the egg whites separately and then fold them in. But aside from that bit of fiddly-ness, you just make a vanilla batter, dollop a bit in a muffin liner in a mini muffin tray, dollop a teeny bit of Nutella on top of the batter dollop, and finish it off with another dollop of batter. (And yes, dollop is my new favourite word.)
Once you’re done dolloping, you just bake them as you would any cupcake, and then let cool. Dorie suggests icing with a chocolate ganache, but I think a chocolate frosting would be nice too. I had some homemade magic shell in the fridge (chocolate mixed with coconut oil, basically) so I melted some in a container, and dipped the buttons in that. They turned out pretty well, and I can totally see serving these with tea for the chocoholic in your life. Or in my case, sending them into work with the DH so that I don’t eat them all.
Because you know that I totally would. (Along with another dollop of Nutella!)
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