I have the house to myself for the weekend. I’ve caught up on some youtube videos, baked a coffee cake (KAF Coffee Crumb Cake recipe; really just to use up some self rising flour we have that needs used; the recipe is just ok – it needs some changes/tweaks in my opinion but good enough and it serves the purpose), swept and vacuumed the floors, and am waiting on a second load of laundry to finish up in the dryer so I can fold that stuff and get a load of towels in to dry. I’ve still got some other things I’d like to tackle as far as cleaning up goes, but decided to take a break for a little while to try to catch up on some blogs and such.
On the subject of sweet treats, I recently discovered a new favorite dessert that is super quick and easy to make. It initially LOOKS like a grilled cheese sandwich…
But it’s actually marshmallow and Nutella.
Yep. Ooey, gooey, yumminess. You just spread some Nutella on a slice of bread (less is more here, though this is going to be a little messy to eat regardless but keep it in mind and don’t go heavy on the Nutella though you may be tempted to!) then place a few mini marshmallows on top of the Nutella. You can do more or less, depending on how much marshmallow you want. Place another slice of bread on top, lightly butter both sides of the sandwich and cook in a hot skillet for a couple minutes on each side till it’s nice and golden brown. Just like making grilled cheese – but it’s dessert. 😀
Another yummy and super quick treat I have made recently, which I did not get a picture of, is Nutella magic shell ice cream topping. Magic shell ice cream topping is awesome stuff, but I never buy the store-bought varieties. If you’re not familiar with what it is, it’s a syrup-like product that when poured over ice cream hardens to form a chocolate “shell” over the ice cream. It comes in a variety of flavors, with chocolate being the most common. You may be familiar with this product from local soft serve ice cream places; many of them offer a “dip” in chocolate or cherry flavor. That “dip” is simply magic shell topping. It’s one of those things that is so stupidly simple to make, it’s silly to buy because you can save money making it yourself and it takes mere minutes. Though with any magic shell recipe you will want to plan in advance so it has time to cool down before serving, because if it’s still too warm when you use it, it’ll just melt your ice cream and that’s not what you want.
Magic shell, of any flavor, is simply a mixture of chocolate (milk, semi sweet, white chocolate, in this case we’re using Nutella) and oil, and depending on the flavor you’re making candy flavoring oil. Wilton Candy Melts (and other such products) work well here, too. You have to make sure the flavor oil you use is meant to be used with chocolate, otherwise it will not work and your melted chocolate will seize. I have several recipes I have made over the years for different flavors of magic shell ice cream topping but that will be for another day as today Nutella is my sweet tooth’s focus.
To make Nutella magic shell ice cream topping, all you have to do is place 13 oz of Nutella in a microwave safe dish, add 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil, and microwave for about 20-30 seconds till the oil melts (it’ll only take a few seconds; coconut oil has a low melting point, and depending on the temperature your oil may already be liquid when you measure anyway) and the Nutella is slightly warmed. Stir together till well mixed and smooth, and let cool to room temperature before pouring over ice cream. It should be a very liquidy consistency. Store leftovers at room temperature in an air tight jar. It will keep for about a month. Shake well before using. Remember, do NOT store this in the fridge!
If you don’t want to make such a large batch, here are the amounts for a couple smaller batches. The coconut oil amounts don’t have to be too precise so don’t worry about fussing too much with that; I do weigh out the amount of Nutella with a digital kitchen scale though. The process will be the same regardless of what size batch you make, just adjust heating time in the microwave accordingly. You just need the nutella to warm slightly; it should not take long even for the full batch.
4 oz Nutella + 1 Tablespoon (scant) coconut oil
2 oz Nutella + 1/2 Tablespoon (scant) coconut oil
1 oz Nutella + 3/4 teaspoon (scant) coconut oil
I am very much a fan of Nutella, and love finding new ways to enjoy it. I’ve made Nutella cakes and icings, I spread it on toast, I have made Nutella cookies and brownies etc… I admit sometimes I just sit down with a jar and a spoon and dig in. I’m a hardcore Nutella addict like that. LOL What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy Nutella?