Nutella Hazelnut Cupcakes – chocolate cupcakes with a generous filling of Nutella and topped with ganache made of more Nutella and chopped hazelnuts. Price available upon request.
crazy over nutella
Nutella (“new-tell-uh”) is a creamy spread made from ground hazelnuts, skim milk and cocoa. It is traditionally spread on bread but it is just as good (maybe even better) eaten out of the jar.
This chocolate cupcake is generously filled with Nutella (two teaspoonsfull!) and the topping is a chunky ganache made with cream, Nutella and chopped hazelnuts. This is my cupcake version of a well-known small chocolate confection with wafer and hazelnut center, enrobed in chocolate mixed with chopped hazelnuts and wrapped in gold foil. I was also tempted to name this cupcake after that confection but I might be sued by the Italian chocolatier who manufactures these!
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Nutella was produced in the 1940s in Italy by Pietro Ferrero. It was World War II and cocoa was scarce so Mr. Ferrero used hazelnuts to extend the chocolate supply. Called pasta gianduja, it was first made in loaf form and wrapped in tin foil to be sliced and placed in between bread slices to make sandwiches. A spreadable version packaged in a jar was soon made and this later on came to be known as Nutella. Nutella became so popular that it led to “The Smearing”. Children could go to their local food stores with a slice of bread for a “smear” of this “supercrema gianduja.”
Nutella can now be found in 75 countries and is reported to outsell all brands of peanut butter combined worldwide.
source: Nutella USA
1 comment May 15th, 2009