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More Nutella

6 Feb

As promised, as part of World Nutella Day, here is another Nutella recipe (return to healthier eats tomorrow, I promise)! I made these yesterday for the Super Bowl party I was supposed to be co-hosting today. But, sadly it was canceled as my friend’s grandmother passed away unexpectedly. Since the party wasn’t happening, I took them over to my friend and her family (I am not good at offering words of comfort, but I’ve got the food part covered)…when all else fails, bring chocolate….plus, these things are AMAZING and dangerous to have around, so I was eager to get them out of the house!

If you are a Paula Deen fan, you’ve likely heard of her gooey butter cakes. I have made them a couple of times, I like to add skor bits and chocolate chips. As I was trying to find a suitable Nutella recipe for the party, nothing was jumping out at me. But then I remembered that there was a peanut butter variation to the basic gooey butter cake recipe and I thought, why not substitute Nutella? And these babies were born….and they are gooooood!

As with the Nutella Brownies, I *technically* didn’t have any. But there were some that had uneven edges, some were just a little too big, and, let’s get serious people, I had never made these before, I couldn’t let them leave my kitchen without a little taste, could I? (Confession: this is why I like to make squares/bars – there are always edges you can cut off and feel less guilty because you didn’t eat a whole one…with cookies, it’s all or nothing 😛 ). They were YUMMY! You have to try gooey butter cakes yourself to experience the texture….when they come out of the oven they look under-baked (that’s a good thing). They truly are gooey and fudgy and like nothing else. As with the brownies, I wish the Nutella flavour had been a little stronger (maybe that’s just the way it is with Nutella baked goods?), but no complaints. Thank you Paula Deen, for helping me celebrate World Nutella Day (and bringing comfort to my friend and her family) in my own unique way.

Here is the recipe how I made it:

Nutella Gooey Butter Cakes – adapted from Paula Deen

Cake:
1 18 1/4-ounce package yellow cake mix (you could use either chocolate or yellow…I actually used a mix because I had partial cake mixes left over from other recipes)
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, melted

Filling:
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 16-ounce box powdered sugar (This is an American recipe, I had to get out my kitchen scale to measure, but I think it’s about one 500 g package here in Canada)

1 cup Nutella

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer.  Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan (I did my standard parchment paper and cooking spray trick).  Prepare Filling

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the eggs and vanilla and beat together. Add Nutella, beat until incorporated. Add butter and beat together.

Next, add the powdered sugar and mix well.  Spread over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes (it took me more like an hour, but I was using a stoneware pan).  Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey.

Once  mostly cooled, melt chocolate chips in the microwave and drizzle over the bars. Let chocolate set, then cut into squares (they are super-rich, so keep them small)!

So…funny story about the chocolate I used to drizzle over these. In December, I received a while chocolate snowman from one of my students as a Christmas gift. I am not a white chocolate person (it’s not even technically chocolate!)…I consider it a waste of time and calories (no offense meant if you’re a white chocolate fan). I should have just given it to someone else, but I never got around to it, and Christmas came and went. So when I decided to give these squares the ol’ drizzle treatment, Frosty came to mind. I melted him down with some semi-sweet chocolate chips, and no one was the wiser (except for all of you now…but I know you won’t tell…will you?). The semi-sweet even disguised the white chocolate taste, so that licking the leftover chocolate off of the bowl was a pleasant experience. 🙂 Sorry Frosty!

I hope you have enjoyed my Nutella experiences, and will try them (or some other Nutella recipes) for yourself. Happy Super Bowl Sunday as well…hope you are enjoying some tasty game day grub!

 

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Happy World Nutella Day!

5 Feb

Happy World Nutella Day everyone! Here is the first of the treats I made: Nutella Brownies that I found on this page. I made these brownies for two 30th birthdays that are 5 months apart…allow me to explain.

My brother-in-law Tim turned 30 last September. Like me, he has an insatiable sweet tooth. So I gave him a “sweet a month” for a year. This weekend, my sister and brother-in-law’s friend Jen is turning 30. To celebrate, her husband rented a cottage in Collingwood for several couples, including Catherine (my sister) and Tim. Back in August, my sister had me over for a delicious birthday lunch. Jen happened to be over that day, and did a lot to help prepare, including picking up some absolutely gorgeous flowers (picture at left), and giving me some of her homemade fig preserves (the ones I used to make this sandwich). So I suggested to Catherine that for Tim’s bday treat this month, I combine it with Jen’s birthday as sort of a thank you for the help she was in my birthday. Cat thought it was a good idea, and given that the weekend falls on World Nutella Day, I pretty much had to go with something Nutellicious (don’t you love that new word I just made up? 😛 ).

I made this recipe as directed, except for: I *very* slightly reduced the sugar, I melted the butter in the microwave instead of over the stove, I sprinkled the brownies with chopped toasted hazelnuts before baking, and instead of simply baking in a greased pan, I baked in a greased and parchment lined pan. This is one of my FAVOURITE tricks for baking squares – it makes cutting and cooling squares so much easier. You just spray the pan with nonstick spray (essential to do this before lining with parchment paper so it has something to adhere to), line the pan with parchment paper, making sure that you have a generous overhang so you have “handles” to lift the squares out with, and then spray the paper with more nonstick spray. After the squares are baked and have cooled slightly, you can lift them out using the paper handles, and they will cool faster. They are also much easier to cut and separate, since you don’t have to worry about wedging out those pesky corner pieces and cutting all the way to the edge of the pan.

The result? Well, *technically* I didn’t eat any. Why do I say “technically”? Of course, I made sure to eat copious amounts of batter (as I’ve confessed before, it is a HUGE weakness for me – tasting as I bake). And then, of course, as I was cutting them, there are those corner pieces that don’t look quite right (I AM giving these as a gift here people) so I had to trim them up a bit, and some pieces were just too large, so I had to cut off the excess….and I couldn’t let those pieces go to waste, could I? 😉 So from the pieces I “didn’t” eat (don’t you just love my rationalizations – anyone else do “food math” like this?)  – I thought the brownies were deliciously rich and fudgy. I thought they could have stood for a bit more Nutella flavour, but I’m not complaining – they were still amazing!

Hope you are celebrating WND with some delicious treats! Another Nutella post (or 2) are coming up…including the recipe I am making for the Super Bowl Party I am co-hosting (you heard that right)…neither me or my friend who I’m hosting with are football fans…we’re just in it for the food!

Happy WND everyone…and Happy 3-0 Jen (and Tim too)! 🙂

WND is coming!

4 Feb

Have you ever had Nutella? Do you love it? (If the answer to number one is yes, the second answer better be yes too…and if the answer to number one is no…get on it!!!). Well, I recently discovered that February 5th is World Nutella Day! Of course I am doing some Nutella baking to celebrate (posts to follow this weekend or next week). But I wanted to give you time to celebrate too. Here’s a link to literally HUNDREDS of Nutella recipes. If you give one (or more of them) a try, let me know how it turned out.

On a somewhat related note (as Nutella can be considered a guilty pleasure), I wanted to share with you a great article I read about Food Guilt, written by one of my favourite bloggers, Tina of Carrots ‘n Cake. It is something I struggle with all the time, and can definitely relate to. I have to admit, after last Saturday’s decadent meal, I was feeling some guilt, even though I seriously enjoyed every bite.

I am trying my best to not assign moral values to foods, as Tina talks about, but it’s certainly a struggle. What about you…is food guilt something you relate to, and how do you overcome it?

Happy (early) World Nutella Day (enjoy your Nutella without any food guilt)….I’ll be back to share on the weekend!