What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
Happy World Nutella Day! It’s another one of those unofficial official holidays that I just love. And yesterday the stars aligned for Bakemasters to celebrate. Everybody brought something either made with Nutella or to dip into Nutella. And so we ate and chatted and showed off our creations and chatted. It was practically perfect. Here’s my plate, chockfull of goodness =D
On the plate: fruit for dipping, Nutella banana swirl bread with nuts and coconut, Nutella cheesecake, Nutella banana muffin, and well, Nutella. There was also a Nutella tiramisu cookie creation rolled in coconut – don’t know how that missed the plate – yum yum! Go Bakemasters!
I got into Nutella when I studied abroad in France. It was magical tasting and for a poor student, it was an excellent calorie dense meal supplement. I mean it’s healthy, really =p It has low fat milk powder and healthy fat from hazelnuts (or at least that was my excuse). Nutella and baguette became one of my favourite “meals”. Then I tried Nutella and banana – wow. And then I tried Nutella and peanut butter and banana (yes, I had my mom send me a giant jar of peanut butter!).
Then came the disappointment. I went home and discovered that the American version of Nutella was not so good. At the time they used a different recipe for the States that included hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. The taste was compromised and worse almost, the consistency was way off. So I pined after my cherished european Nutella, but largely forgot about it. (I think they’ve harmonised the recipes now…)
And then I moved to Brussels. Oh Nutella! It was maybe even better than I remembered. One day I had to make dessert for some student gathering and I had a brainstorm. I emptied a jar of Nutella and a jar of peanut butter into a bowl. Then I dumped in cornflakes. I scooped them out into little clusters. They didn’t quite hold their shape, so I melted chocolate and poured it on top to hold it together. It was mind blowing goodness. But Nutella is a dangerous substance to have around the house and the clusters were messy to eat, so I didn’t make it all that much.
Then a couple of weeks ago I was looking for a treat to make for a fellow chocolate-peanut butter lover and it hit me- PRETZELS… and more chocolate!I knew exactly what to do…Dump peanut butter and Nutella in a bowl…
Swirl it all around and add pretzels… Scoop, freeze… Cover in chocolate, and voila – Wanna make some too? Just don’t say I didn’t warn you. Eating just one is NOT easy =)
What’s your favourite Nutella-based treat? Happy World Nutella Day everybody!! =)