I have a chocolate hazelnut spread addiction. So much so that I cannot have it in the house. This is because I will find any excuse to eat it and if I can’t, then I’ll go at it with a spoon until it’s all gone. So when I came across this recipe on Minimalist Baker, I knew that I had to make it.
Armed with plenty of hazelnuts and high hopes, I set about making Easy Vegan Nutella with four ingredients. It was surprisingly easy. (Okay, I know it’s called ‘Easy Vegan Nutella’ but this is me making it and I can ruin oven pizza!) I slightly overdid roasting the hazelnuts, so when it was first made, it did have a bit of a burnt tinge, but that passed over time (not that it was around for long!) I used raw cacao for my chocolate, instead of melted chocolate, as we always have that in the house and it was easier. Removing the skin from the hazelnuts was pretty straightforward too, it just took a little time. The nutella works well on croissants, in wraps, on toast and straight from the jar!
I will definitely make this again, as it was so easy and I’ve since seen skinless hazelnuts in Holland & Barrett so might try those next time, just to save a little time (‘cos this recipe isn’t easy enough, right?!) And I thought this might make a great Christmas gift next year. Fyi, I tried the JusRol make at home croissants and I’m not sure whether it was our oven or if I did something wrong, but they weren’t great. They didn’t really rise and for me, they weren’t worth it. I’ll stick to eating my nutella from a spoon thanks!
I love Pinterest. If you haven’t discovered it yet, be warned: You will get hooked on pictures of pretty things. One of my boards is called ‘Temptations’ and contains pictures of cakes & all things chocolaty! So when I pinned a picture of some Nutella Brownies I was keen to see where it came from & if there was a recipe. This is one of the things I love about Pinterest. Behind every picture is the original source. It led me to Savoury Sweet Life, which is a fantastic blog containing tons of recipes.
As it was my turn to host book group, I decided to bake them for when we’d finished our lengthy literary discussions about our latest book.
I printed the instructions off from the blog & set to work. They were the quickest cakes I’ve ever made (They’re not called 4 ingredient cakes for nothing!) I didn’t have a large egg & I think this affected the recipe. My batter wasn’t as shiny as the batter in the pictures. I was worried they might be a bit dry & I think they could do with being a bit more goey. I think if I’d used a large egg, like the recipe instructed, they would’ve been goey. I added hazelnuts to some but not all.
They went down pretty well & I’d certainly make them again but I would make sure I used a large egg next time. But they went down a treat at bookgroup & there’s even some left for guests visiting this weekend! x
Browsing blogs is a great way to get recipes & ideas, as is looking through Twitter. One of the people I follow is The List Writer and a few weeks ago she tweeted about Nutella cupcakes. Naturally I asked for the recipe so when she blogged about it I knew that I had to make them!
The recipe was very straightforward and can be found on Nancy's blog The Philosophy of Lists. I didn't put any frosting on them as they were so chocolatey already that I didn't think they needed it. The only mistake I made was not trusting my oven and cooking them for a few minutes more than Nancy instructed. It didn't ruin them but the Nutella wasn't as liquid as it should have been.
There are no pictures as I was busy baking both for work & for my OH's birthday. And I was probably too busy eating the Nutella to pick up my camera! Needless to say they were delicious and I will be making them again. Fact x