Nutella Hazelnut Pots de Creme

Any excuse to make a decadent dessert and I’m in. Valentine’s Day no exception. As much as I love to have someone cook for me, I have to admit I don’t like to venture out for a romantic meal on Valentine’s Day. Why? Because in my experience, restaurants are over-crowded, over-priced and the service is typically slow on the love-iest dove-iest night of the year. Plus I can make a very special meal at home for our whole family for a fraction of the price. THEN we plan on a date night the following week when it’s safe to exit the house again. Win. Win.

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Nutella Banana Marshmallow Creme Panino

I visited Chicago for the first time last month. I have to say I wish I’d had more time to hang around and get to know the windy city (which btw she was) a little better. Outside of working almost non-stop while we were there I did manage to squeeze in time for a lip smacking good meal at The Purple Pig. Ehem, here is where I take a moment to tell you that I (we – actually I dined with the loverly Meredith and Leslie) paid for our meal before I wax poetic about it.

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Nutty Nutella Rolls

Has the baking frenzy begun in your house? It has in mine. I’m giving Ada (no I don’t have a maid, Ada is my KitchenAid stove – don’t you name your appliances? Tell me I’m not the only one.) no rest this month. I’m sure I’ll call Uncle before she does though. I’m impatient. It’s true. Simple is my baking mantra. These little nutty Nutella rolls couldn’t be easier unless you picked them up the bakery. I’ll be serving these as an easy dessert and as a quick and easy breakfast with a side of fruit. Double duty recipes make me happy.

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Nutella Sea Salt Caramels

Soft chewy caramels that have that ribbon of ooey gooey sticky goodness that pulls away when you bite into them. Yes that’s a very good thing. Nutella Sea Salt Caramels I don’t even have words. I’m not sure why exactly it’s taken me so long to try making my own caramels. I honestly thought it was going to be a long drawn out process not to mention the possibility of severe burns. Hello it is candy making after all. Hot bubbling sugar mixture combined with the queen of clumbsy yes it could happen. Guess what? It wasn’t hard at all.

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Flourless Nutella Cake

I have to apologize. I haven’t posted anything Nutella in way too long (covering eyes with hands). The shame. I hope I can make it up to you with this peace offering. Cake. Who doesn’t love cake? Especially one that is a cross between a brownie and a cake and is overflowing with Nutella-liciousness. AND since it’s flour less it’s practically healthy right? If not, please don’t ruin it and tell me. I’m holding onto that one thank you. 

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Nutella Mascarpone Chocolate Tarts

It’s been WAY too long since I’ve posted a Nutella recipe. I know did you just gasp? Don’t worry we’re still eating our fair share. Okay who am I kidding, we’re eating several families fair shares. I was craving something sweet and didn’t want to wait for a traditional cake to bake so we whipped up these almost no bake Nutella mascarpone tarts. Best part, you can be diving into this deliciousness in less than 30 minutes.

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Nutella Shooters

 

You knew it was only a matter of time before we posted a Nutella cocktail/shooter right ; ) We’ve actually made these several times but for some reason they’ve disappeared before I was able to shoot them : D. Even though they taste like a milkshake these are definitely an adult beverage. Don’t be fooled by their innocent taste, they will sneak up on you!

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Nutella Pancakes

 

It’s been a while since our last Nutella posting {gasp I know}. I thought I’d rectify that with a short stack of Nutella deliciousness. While I was in Roma last week I had a Cornetto with a pocket Nutella just about every morning for breakfast along with my cappuccino. It was perfetto but it made me realize that I didn’t have very many Nutella breakfast options for you. So now I give you….Nutella pancakes {& they couldn’t be easier to make}

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No Bake Mini Nutella Cheesecakes with Strawberry Sauce

No bake might be two of my favorite words when it comes to desserts. You know I’m not the best baker in the world, so when something says it’s no bake it’s right up my alley. Then you add in mini spring form pans and Nutella. Well, I’m THERE.

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Nutella and Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Party Dip

Who doesn’t love a party? Especially when it’s a NUTELLA party! Yes, you read correctly, a NUTELLA Party. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to host a MommyParties Nutella party sponsored by Nutella. Could this be any more perfect for a self proclaimed Nutella-holic ; ) I think not LOL

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Nutella Turnovers

Nutella Turnover

Breakfast anyone? How about breakfast in under 15 minutes ; ) And with just 5 ingredients! That’s right, there are just FIVE simple ingredients needed to make these beauties, and in less than 15 minutes you can be enjoying one {or two because they’re pretty irresistible} of these flaky, buttery, warm, choco-hazelnutty delights!

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Pumpkin Cakes with Nutella Glaze

 

I’m not sure if this should be called a muffin, a cake, a cake-ette, or a cupcake. Nor am I sure if it should be considered a dessert or breakfast item. What I do know is that it’s incredibly tasty and I’d be happy to eat one morning, noon or night and under whatever name you’d like to give it ; 0

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Sweet & Spicy Bacon Coated with Nutella

 

Sweet and Spicy Nutella Coated Bacon www.bellalimento.com

It’s that time again, one of my favorite days of the year, WORLD NUTELLA DAY! WND is the brainchild of Sara & Michelle who ask Nutella lovers to unite every February 5 creating a world blanket of Nutella love. How awesome it that ; ) To celebrate I’ve created a doozy of a Nutella recipe. Yes, I did. I covered bacon in Nutella. And guess what? It’s off the charts AMAZING. I know it might be a stretch for some, but if you take that leap of faith and try it, you just might find you like it. I’ll even go as far as say that you’ll LURVE it.

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Food for Thought…

Today’s post interrupted by some important reminders okay teasers ; ) We will be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow ; )

Dont’ stare directly into the photo. She’s an evil temptress. Oh yes, I did that. I went there. Go ahead and catch your breath ; ) I’m going to let it sink in a day before I show you anymore {what, you have to wait for World Nutella Day just like me} I told you it’d be bigger than last year’s entry ; ) 

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Nutella Milk

Got milk? Got Nutella Milk, you can now ; ) This is a great way to use up the last bit of Nutella from your jar. There is NO wasting of Nutella in our house, otherwise you risk getting your hand slapped {just kidding, well kind of LOL}

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Nutella filled Cinnamon Rolls drizzled with Cherry Glaze

These are pure evil. Don’t say I didn’t warn you ; ) If you’re on any kind of diet, please I implore you, click away now. Save yourselves from these Nutella filled Cinnamon Rolls drizzled with cherry glaze. They look so innocent, but they’re NOT ; ) They are soft, pillowy homemade cinnamon rolls, oozing with a bubbly warm Nutella center and capped with a beautiful blush colored beanie of cherry glaze. Yep, put a fork in it, I’m done! It’s useless for me to even try to resist their charms. 

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Top 10 Tastiest Treats of 2010

The ball is about to drop on 2010. That’s right Ryan {you know the one that you can’t turn the tv on without seeing everywhere. Do you think he sleeps? I mean how many jobs can one possibly have?} with his perfectly coiffed hair and freshly crest whitened teeth will be plastered on the tube counting down the minutes and reminiscing for HOURS about 2010 memories.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Roll with Mascarpone and Nutella Filling

 

The holidays are HERE! *squeeeeee* Yes, it’s that time again! Thanksgiving will be here in less than TWO weeks! Okay, now I’m slightly freaked out LOL. With that comes family gatherings and of course FOOD! Lots of food. Lots of delicious glutenous foods {yes I eat gluten no shocker there, but guess what my son can’t} I know I’ve mentioned before that our middle son is, as of this year, gluten free.

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Chocolate Cheesecake with Nutella Mocha Affogato

In case you didn’t realize, I’ve been moving for the past week{ish}. Yes, I’m exhausted LOL but I’m REALLY lucky to be blessed with some amazingly talented blogging friends who have been so gracious as to whip up some tantalizing recipes to share with you all here while I’m away from my stove/oven ; ) Today you’re in for another treat. The loverly Josie from Daydreamer Desserts is here with {what else} a dessert! Not just any dessert mind you, oh no! *grinning like a Cheshire cat* A chocolate cheesecake with Nutella Mocha Affogato…I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in. Swoon!

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Tortine alla Nutella {Cupcakes filled with Nutella}

We’re celebrating! No it’s not my birthday {that was last month in case you missed it ; ) } It’s not our blogaversary {that’s in January} but you’re getting closer. We’re celebrating our BRAND SPANKING NEW SHINY LOOK! Yes bell’alimento has a brand new look but don’t worry – even though we have  a brand new outside we’re still the same on the inside ;  )

What better way to celebrate than with Nutella! You knew that was coming. I just can’t help myself. I’m weak when it comes to Nutella. I’m just weak. It’s my kryptonite. Always will be. And I’m on a mission to make it everyone else’s kryptonite too ; ) This cupcake will satisfy the choco-holic and nutella-holic in you all at once! It’s so moist and airy! And as you’re biting into it just when you think it can’t get any better you get this ooey crunchy surprise. Nutella and Bacio chocolates come together and *fireworks* *champagne corks popping*

And I didn’t even mention the icing. Oh my sweet mamma the icing. And yes, it’s my Mamma’s icing. I am fully aware this isn’t something that’s going to make  it onto any low calorie or healthy menus. But it’s sooooooooo good that I just block that out ; ) Sweet goodness, it’s almost too much for me to handle. Almost ; )

Light and fluffy chocolate cake…Nutella… Bacio chocolates {my second favorite Italian chocolate} and icing so good I could just pipe it directly into my mouth. It’s definitely perfect for a celebration!

This celebration wouldn’t be possible without COOKIELICOUS! She is the mastermind behind the brand spanking new look, and although I’m totally biased I think  it’s ah-mazing and I just love her  to pieces! She’s so gracious that she’s going to GIVEAWAY a new HEADER DESIGN to one of you lucky readers OR a CUSTOM TWITTER BACKGROUND. Winner’s Choice!  *and the crowd goes wild*

Edited to add: Thank you for your entries. Contest is closed. Winner announced HERE:

  • And now for the GIVEAWAY…
    To enter simply:1. leave a comment telling us what you love best about our makeover or what features you’d like to see added to bell’alimento.
    {bonus entries}
    2. Follow bell’alimento on
    TWITTERand RT the following & let us know you did so! {NOTE: you have to be following bell’alimento for this entry to count}
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That’s 5 chances to win!

Legal Schmegal: Contest is open to EVERYONE {hooray} and is open until Monday August 23rd at 12:00 pm EST. One winner will be drawn by a magic eight ball, ehem random.org. NOTE: Winner will be responsible for installation of design.

Baci e In bocca al lupo {Good Luck}!

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What you’ll need: {makes 18 large cupcakes}

{cupcakes}
2 sticks of unsalted butter – softened
5 eggs -separated
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups cake flour sifted twice
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
9 teaspoons Nutella
10 Bacio Chocolates – crushed

{icing}
1 pound confectioner’s sugar
1 cup shortening
7 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 Bacio Chocolates – crushed

What to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In your mixer, cream butter & sugar together until pale in color & very creamy. Add egg yolks one at a time mixing well after each one.

2. Into a large bowl add cake flour, cocoa powder, salt & baking soda. Gently whisk together to combine. Add the vanilla extract to the buttermilk. Set aside.

3. Alternate the flour mixture with buttermilk (end with flour) and add to butter/sugar mixture. Continue mixing until well combined. Set aside.

3. Into a separate mixing bowl, beat egg whites with your whisk attachment until stiff. Gently fold into cake mixture.

4. Line your cupcake pans with cupcake liners and fill 1/2 of the way up with batter.

5. Add the nutella and crushed bacio chocolates into a small bowl. Mix well to combine. Take 1 teaspoon of the Nutella mixture and add it to the center of each cupcake. Finish topping off cupcakes with 1/4 more batter each. Cupcakes should be 3/4 way filled when you’re finished. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before icing.

6. WHILE cupcakes are cooling make icing: into your mixer add: confectioner’s sugar, shortening, milk, cocoa powder and vanilla extract. With your paddle attachment, mix until well combined.

7. Place icing into a pastry bag {or zip lock bag} and pipe onto cupcakes. Garnish with additional crushed Bacio chocolates.

Buon Appetito!

And Psst.

COOKIELICIOUS is available if you’re in the market for a brand new look for your blog/site. Get to her before she has a waiting list longer than Rapunzel’s hair ; )

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