Nutella is one of my favourite snacks so I was really excited when I was asked if I wanted to review a book of Nutella recipes. The book is by Jacqui Small and is called Nutella : The 30 Best recipes. It's in the form of a 3D nutella jar and is filled with a delicious collection of Nutella recipes. The recipes range from simple no bake recipes to more complicated desserts. There are 62 pages in total with a helpful conversion chart at the back.
The book is divided into the following chapters. I've included a selection of recipes from each section but there are a lot more in the book.
- Little Nutella Treats - nutella financiers, nutella souffles, mini nutella croissants
- Melt in the Mouth Nutella - nutella mousse, nutella creme brulee, nutella panna cotta
- Nutella for Sharing - nutella mini swiss rolls, nutella and chocolate terrine, nutella charlotte
- Amazing Nutella - nutella clusters, nutella macarons, nutella cigars
Each recipe is clearly laid out on one page and has an accompanying photo. There is a 1 line introduction to the recipe followed by information such as serving size and preparation time. The ingredients are listed in metric and cup measurements. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
It was difficult to choose to recipe to make as I wanted to make all of them but in the end decided on the Nutella and Orange whoopie pies. The whoopies pies were great - moist and crumbly with the chocolate hazelnut taste of nutella. The filling that I made was a little watery but it tasted good. The orange flavour was definitely there and it went well with the chocolate.
My verdict - a cute little book perfect as a gift particularly for nutella lovers like me. The main plus points for me are the presentation (3D nutella jar) and that there is a photo for each recipe.
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Recipe from Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes published by Jacqui Small - reproduced with publishers permission
Makes 15 Whoopie pies (I made 12 large ones)
• preparation time : 30 min • cooking time : 10–15 min • chilling time : 1 hr
For the cream filling
75 g (5 tbsp) unsalted butter
50 g (¼ cup) caster/superfine sugar
75 g (¹/3 cup) philadelphia-style cheese
For the whoopie pies
125 g (1¼ cups) plain/all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
40 g (3 tbsp) unsalted butter
40 g (scant ¼ cup) caster/superfine sugar • 1 egg
100 g (scant ½ cup) nUTELLA®
20 g (2 tbsp) cocoa powder
100 ml (scant ½ cup) semi-skimmed milk
a pinch of salt
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).
2. Make the cream filling. Finely grate the orange zest and squeeze the juice.
Melt the butter in a bain-marie or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Add
the sugar, egg and the juice and zest of the orange. Beat continuously until the
mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Beat in the cheese
then chill for 1 hour.
3. Make the whoopie pies. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. In
a separate bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. Add the egg, NUTELLA®,
cocoa powder and milk. Mix well then add the flour and baking powder mixture.
4. Place 30 small spoonfuls of the mixture on a baking sheet covered with baking
parchment. Bake for 10–15 minutes. Remove from the oven, leave to cool on a
cooling rack, then sandwich together with the cream filling.
Disclaimer: I received a free review copy from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.