As a diehard Nutella fan, you may be wondering who created this godly spread and you may even want to thank him for it! Nutella was created in the 1940s by Italian pastry maker Pietro Ferrero as a way to make his chocolate supply last longer. During World War II, chocolate was rationed and in short supply, so he decided to mix it with hazelnuts from the Piedmont region in order to stretch it out. This simple story thus created the long legacy of Nutella fans the world over.
Nutella is one of those foods that can be eaten in near countless ways. Many people simply enjoy eating it with a spoon straight out of the jar, but there are so many other moutheatering things to do with this dessert spread. You can slather it on a warm baguette or soft butter croissant for breakfast, tuck it into freshly made crepes as they do in Paris, bake it into cookies, cakes, or brownies, or dip cookies, cakes or brownies into it. Nutella also pairs well with all types of fruit, can be used in a Nutella and jelly sandwich, is yummy mixed into hot cocoa or simply drizzled over ice cream. Nutella even has a savory side; turn it into a sauce to spoon over chicken, seafood or pasta.
And if you have never had Nutella, what are you waiting for? Go out and buy a jar for World Nutella Day. There is no question you will love it!
Makes 8 servings
1 roll refrigerated croissant dough
8 tablespoons Nutella
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Roll out dough and arrange on a baking sheet. Spoon 1 tablespoon of Nutella onto each croissant and sprinkle with hazelnuts. Roll croissants.
3. Whisk egg with water and brush onto outside of croissants.
4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.
Makes 1 serving
2 to 4 tablespoons Nutella
2 slices thick ciabatta bread
1 banana, sliced
1. Preheat a grill pan over medium heat.
2. Spread Nutella onto both slices of bread. Top one side with bananas then with other piece of bread.
3. Place sandwich on hot grill pan and press down with a spatula or panini press. Grill until heated through and Nutella is gooey.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
1 refrigerated pizza dough
2 tablespoons butter (1/4 stick), melted
1/2 cup Nutella
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons mini marshmallows
2 tablespoons chopped toasted hazelnuts
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and grease a baking sheet with butter.
2. Roll out dough and place on prepared baking sheet. Brush butter on dough and bake 15 to 20 minutes or until just baked.
3. Spread Nutella onto dough and top with chocolate chips, marshmallows and hazelnuts.
4. Bake another 3 to 4 minutes or until chocolate and marshmallows begin to melt.
Note: To toast hazelnuts, preheat oven to 325 degrees F, spread nuts on a baking sheet and toast for 7 to 8 minutes or until just golden (they will toast more when they bake later on the pizza). Shake pan occasionally. Be careful to watch hazelnuts because they can burn easily.
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