Nutella® (Recipe: apples with Nutella and walnuts)
Free of charge, here's a marketing suggestion for the manufacturers in Italy and Canada who between them make all of the world's supply of Nutella®:
Attach a spoon to every jar you sell.
You'll be heroes to folks everywhere who eat it straight from the jar. (Are you one of those people?)
Nutella, the chocolate-hazelnut spread that goes on like peanut butter and tastes like heaven, brings out the child in all of us. It's the snack many Italian moms gave their kids after school, the snack the rest of us wish our moms had known about.
I love Nutella for quick and easy party desserts, but I'm not a very creative dessert maker. One of these days, I'll just serve each of my guests his or her own little jar of Nutella. With a spoon.
What is Nutella®?
A spread made of chocolate, hazelnuts and skim milk, with the consistency of peanut butter.
How/where to store:
At room temperature, even after it's opened.
More facts about Nutella, and ingredient photos, in The Perfect Pantry:
Nutella (Recipe: banana or strawberry quesadillas)
Apples with Nutella and walnuts
This could just as easily be apples with pistachios, pears with hazelnuts, or pears with pecans. In other words, use a sturdy, sliceable fruit with whatever nuts you have on hand. Nutella is, literally, the glue that holds this easy dessert together. Unlike chocolate, it doesn't harden, so these fruit slices can be a bit slippery and messy, but that didn't stop a table full of friends from eating every last piece and licking Nutella off the plate! Serves 6.
2 apples, skin on, sliced 1/4-inch thick (on a mandoline, if you have one)
Juice of 2 oranges, divided
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Place the apple slices in a mixing bowl, and toss with all but 2 teaspoons of the orange juice to keep the apples from discoloring. In a smaller bowl, combine the remaining orange juice with the Nutella.
Remove the apples from the orange juice and dry with a paper towel. Spread the Nutella on the lower half of one side of the apple slices, and sprinkle with nuts. Place the slices flat on a platter in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Can be made hours ahead of time.
Other recipes that use Nutella:
Nutella and mascarpone cream chocolate tarts, from Ms. Adventures in Italy
Mini chocolate whoopie pies with Nutella, from Andrea Meyers
Nutella pop tarts, from Chez Pim
Rose scented Nutella brioche pudding, from No Recipes
Self frosting Nutella cupcakes, from Baking Bites