Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dessert Day: World Nutella Day edition

In case you've missed all my squealing about it over the past few weeks (and if you follow me on Pinterest, I apologise heartily for for the entire board dedicated to it), today is World Nutella Day. (You're welcome - there's still enough time to celebrate.)

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

Obviously, World Nutella Day was far too good an opportunity for Deidre and I to pass up, and we promptly scheduled a Dessert Day in honour of it. After much dithering and "OHMYGODLOOKATTHISRECIPEWEHAVETOMAKETHIS!!!!-ing, we decided upon two recipes: Nigella Lawson's Nutella cake, and a Nutella pound cake.

You really can't go wrong when you start with ingredients like these:

Yes, TWO jars of Nutella. And yes, it was entirely necessary.

Both the cakes were remarkably easy to make. Although roasting the hazelnuts for the top of Nigella's Nutella cake was a) a learning experience (because we had to Google "how to get the skins off hazelnuts") and b) rather painful - turns out hazelnuts that have been heating in a cast iron skillet for 15 minutes are really rather hot when you pick them up with your bare hands to peel the skins off! #whoknew
Hazelnut skin massacre

In hindsight, we may have gotten ever so slightly carried away with the number of hazelnuts we added to the top of the cake:

But it was pretty delicious. (Although I think if I were to make it again, I'd ditch the hazelnuts on the top and replace them with strawberries to cut through some of the richness. There's enough hazelnut flavour in it already, between the hazelnut meal and the entire jar of Nutella...) It's a really moist cake, almost like mousse. A small piece is definitely enough, despite Nigella's claims that it serves 8 people!!

When making the pound cake, we made a slightly fatal error, and didn't read the recipe properly. Which resulted in us not flouring the tin as well as greasing it. Which is how it ended up looking like this:

Despite appearances, it was quite possibly one of the most delicious cakes I've ever eaten. You basically make a standard pound cake, and then swirl an entire jar of Nutella through it. Uh, EPIC NOMS. I'm definitely going to have to make it again as soon as possible. But I might try lining the tin to avoid any "oh crap, it's stuck and falling apart at the same time" dramas!

So there you have it. World Nutella Day 2012. Who else is baking up a Nutella-y storm? Or, you know, just eating it off a spoon straight out of the jar? You can tell me - I won't judge! ;)

K xx

16 comments:

  1. Kat's nutella eating technique on this auspicious day:
    1. Scoop a small, dainty and restrained amount onto a piece of toast - eat and tell myself that is adequate.
    2. Fail at self restraint and take said spoon straight to the jar
    3. Eat.

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    1. This is an excellent technique, and I approve of it heartily. (But seriously, the pound cake is INCREDIBLE and you should totally try it)

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  2. Looks delicious! I'm just going to eat an entire jar of straight Nutella to celebrate this holiday :)

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  3. I LOVE Nutella so much. I used to eat it on rice cakes when I was a kid growing up in South America. :) It's kind of expensive in the states but this cake looks aaamazing, so I may have to indulge soon. :)

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    1. My 6 year old niece eats it on pretty much anything. My sister-in-law made me promise not to tell my niece that it was World Nutella Day! And you should definitely indulge :)

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  4. The pound cake was soooo ridiculously easy and SOOOO delicious definitely one of the EASIEST and TASTIEST gluten free desserts I've made :) you know, minus the whole pan/sticking problem.

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    1. See, I think the pan/sticking problem was actually a good thing. Because that way, you feel less guilty about eating the entire cake yourself. It was FAR too messy and sad to share with others! ;)

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  5. Now that is nutella day done right. Better than my nutella on an English muffin. That wasn't horrible though. Yum!

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    1. You really can't go wrong with Nutella in any form!

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  6. Oh Yum! I wish my 7yo wasn't nut allergic. I miss Nutella.

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    1. Oh, that's so sad!! For all of you... Hypothetically, you could try recreating the pound cake with melted chocolate in place of the Nutella? I'm not sure how well it would work, but it would taste good regardless of the outcome! :)

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  7. Wow and yummm! I am so trying that ! You got me at "nutella". Buying ingredients now.

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  8. There was a world nutella day and I missed it? NOOOOOOOOOOOO!! I'll just have to make up for it by celebrating doubly hard next year. Or tomorrow. Probably tomorrow.

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    1. Have your own in place of the official one! And write "WORLD NUTELLA DAY" on February 5th in your calendar for next year! ;)

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