There is no Holiday season without treats!
Let us then present you with a luxurious recipe to make sure your taste buds can celebrate properly this coming Christmas.The main ingredient of this recipe is an Italian stable: NUTELLA!This fantastic hazelnut and chocolate spread is an ingredient that everyone loves in the Bel Paese, and there is not one kid (or adult for that matter) that would not hesitate one second to praise its taste and history. Nutella was introduced to the Italian Market in 1964 by Michele Ferrero, who further developed one of his father’s recipes, the “Supercrema” (Super-cream); in the past few decades its production has reached the incredible number of 179.000 Tons per year… and that’s only for the Italian Market. Nutella is a spin-off of “Gianduja”, a sweet mixture containing 50% hazelnuts and/or almonds and 50% chocolate, developed in the Piemonte region of Northern Italy in the mid 1800s, and its recipe is closely guarded by the Ferrero company.Every child in Italy has grown older snacking on slices of bread and scoops of Nutella spread, how many fond memories can be traced back to afternoon snacks, birthday parties, family celebrations… how many times our finger dipped into the Nutella Jar, without our mothers knowing it! Well, truth is, it is still happening!
With great pride we always have this ingredient in the house, it is not by any mean something we consume every day (given the caloric bomb that it is) but still, it is with a great sense of adulthood and independence that late a night, when the kids are asleep, Debi and I reach for our favorite spoons and dip into the jar, or simply prepare some toasted bread and pour a couple of glasses of cold milk. Yes, Nutella makes a great breakfast, a great snack, but also cures the worst late night munchies!
Here, for your palate only (and the ones of your family and friends), enjoy this one of a kind recipe that has been developed in our house during the past couple of years… it took several attempts to reach the proper balance of ingredients, but we can now hold our heads up high and be very proud, this cake is fantastic!