Category: Meringue

Nutty Nutella Cake… with a Meringue Topping

Just as we finish a good meal with something sweet, so shall we round out the month of madness with one of the kookiest recipes I’ve seen lately.  And here it is: 

Nutty Nutella Cake
Nutty Nutella Cake

 Looking at that photo, I know what you are thinking.  And you know what? 

Some of you are mean!!!!

Have you been taking lessons from my family?

So these are not the best looking cakes in the world.  There is a definite dip in middle of all of them.  The texture is kind of rough….then again….that rough texture is also kind of crispy and there is a delicious fudgy layer in the middle. And who doesn’t love a fudgy layer?

Nutty Nutella Cake2
Nutty Nutella Cake2

 But remember the Twinkie Defence?  I’m about to launch the Picnic Defence. The Picnic is one of the best chocolate bars ever. Chocolate, caramel, wafer, peanuts.  So good.  The only problem?  It looks like a big old turd.

 But so good to eat.

And the Nutty Nutella Cake is the Picnic bar‘s next door neighbour in “Dammit we taste so much better than we look” Street.

You know what else makes this cake so special?  I’ll tell you in a moment but first, let’s take a walk down Pronunciation Avenue and talk about Nutella.  In Australia ( and I believe England), we call this super delicious chocolate hazelnut spread Nut-ella.  Because it’s made of nuts.  And….ella.  Ella being an Italian euphemism for a shit ton of sugar.

However, definitely on The Splendid Table Podcast and I’m sure a few others I listen to, I have heard Americans call this stuff Noo-tella.

WTF?  I can get over that whole tomato / tomayto thing.  But Noo-tella is a step too far. 
It’s NUT-ella.  End of.

Nutella Cake3
Nutella Cake3

I first found this recipe on the Masterchef site.  However, it has since been taken down.  Only a picture remains. And yep, phew…Matt Preston’s cake is as ugly as mine…

http://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/masterchef/recipes

 Possibly even uglier.

But I was able to find a copy in Matt Preston’s latest book and in the same spirit of adventure in which I made muffins from ice cream and flour a few years back I decided to give it a whirl.  And you know what else….there’s obviously some weird psychic connection between Matty P, and me because in the same book, he has a recipe for “bread” made from you guessed it, ice cream and flour!

 So, you wanna know what’s in these ugly but delicious sweet treats?

Nutella Cake Ingredients
Nutella Cake Ingredients
  • Nutella…or if you’re cheap like me, supermarket brand hazelnut spread. 
  • Eggs
  • Vanillla

That’s all folks.  C’est tout.  Three ingredients.  To get this….

Nutella Cake 4
Nutella Cake 4

And you know what?  That little dip….don’tcha just want to fill it up with all sorts of deliciousness?

I went for a contrast – still warm cake with some of my ancho berry sorbet and a couple of leaves of chocolate mint – direct from the garden!!!

Nutella Cake and Ancho Sorbet 1
Nutella Cake and Ancho Sorbet 1

But you could have any flavour of ice cream, or some salted caramel sauce..or even some normal frosting…

DSC02387Or what if you added a big dollop of nutella into the dip and then made a meringue over it?  OMG.  I am so making that….stay right here.  I”ll be back…..

Just got to fill these cakes….

Filled Nutella Cakes
Filled Nutella Cakes

 Then whip up a meringue….

Meringue top
Meringue top

And bung ’em in the oven for a bit….

And then…..

Meringue Topped Nutella Cake
Meringue Topped Nutella Cake

 I am giggling like a little girl and dancing round my kitchen.  My, face, my hands, my camera are all smeared with chocolate and meringue and am feeling both a little nauseous and like I have died and gone to heaven….

We only had three of the cakes left and I have just eaten two of them….they were that good!!!!

Scuse the fingers….but you’re lucky there are any photo’s I was so busy shoving these into my gob taste-testing to ensure the highest possible quality standards.

Nutella Meringue Cake2
Nutella Meringue Cake2

 And look at that…the light as air toasty on top meringue, the oozy melty nutella and the cakey base….

What a way to end the month!!!!

I am racing to get this out because I am heading up to the sunshiney Gold Coast very early tomorrow morning for a couple of days – sadly mostly work and not much play – but by the time I can post again it will be February….which is as scary as hell.  Where did January go????

Have a great week where ever you are and what ever you get up to.

 

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Nutella Meringue Cake
Yields 10
A delicious chocolate cake with a base of three ingredients. Good by itself or topped with your favourite flavours for a super delicious treat!
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For the Cake
  1. 4 large eggs
  2. 240g Nutella or chocolate hazelnut spread of your choice
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
For the topping
  1. Additional Nutella - 1 tsp per cake
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 1 1/2cup of sugar
For the cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C.
  2. Lightly grease your cupcake liners and place in a tray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs on top speed until they have tripled in size (approx 6 minutes but this will depend on the power of your mixer).
  4. Place the Nutella in a metal bowl with the vanilla extract and stir over a pan of boiling water until the Nutella softens. (You can also do this in a microwave - use a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds).
  5. Turn the mixer down to low and drop spoonfuls of Nutella into the egg mixture. Repeat until all the nutella has been added and the Nutella is completely mixed in.
  6. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl with a spatula to ensure there is no Nutella sticking to them and stir a few times by hand.
  7. Pour the Nutella mixture into the prepared cases, filling them about 3/4 full.
  8. Bake for approx 15-20 minutes until a skewer inserted into a cake comes out clean.
  9. The cakes will look lovely and round when they come out of the oven but they will collapse as they cool.
  10. Once cool, add a spoonful of Nutella into each dip.
For the Meringue
  1. Separate the eggs and place the whites in a clean, dry bowl.
  2. Beat until the mixture forms stiff peaks.
  3. Gradually add the sugar and beat until the mixture is thick and glossy.
  4. Spoon or pipe this mixture onto the cakes.
  5. Place under preheated grill for 1-2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Alternatively, use a culinary blow torch to lightly grill the meringue
Notes
  1. This cake is also great topped with a scoop of your favourite icecream, would be awesome with a salted caramel, berries and cream etc.
  2. I used a coconut oil spray to grease the cupcake liners which added the slightest hint of coconut to my cakes.
  3. The meringue quantities above will cover an entire batch of cupcakes.
Adapted from Matt Preston's Idiot Cake
Adapted from Matt Preston's Idiot Cake
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/

 

 

 

Retro Food For Modern Times: Three Sweet Treats inspired by a Luscious Liqueur

I was recently strolling around my local purveyor of fine alcoholic beverages (or as we like to call  it, our second home) when a retro looking bottle caught my eye.   A very glamorous  Elke Sommer looking woman is being draped in a fur coat by a man who looks like a  1970’s tennis player or a porn star (possibly both).  The label promised  “an experience of elegance and lingering pleasure” which only further reinforced the boom chicka wah wah soundtrack that was going through my head.  The name: Kellermeister Sable.  According to the back of the bottle, Sable is a

“base of  ruby tawny into which we have steeped dark German Chocolate, special spices and three year old brandy”

You know those moments when Homer Simpson goes into the donut fugue state?  I think I lapsed into something very similar.  Standing there mumbling to myself  “Ruby Tawny…dark chocolate….special spices….brandy…ruby tawny…..”  Ruby Tawny may well become the name of my first-born child.  I hope it’s a girl.

The bottle, in all it’s gorgeous  retroness did give me pause though.  I honestly wasn’t sure if it was meant to be retro chic.  Or it just came from South Australia.  If anyone from South Australia wants to dispute the implication of this statement  I suggest they first go and count the people with mullets walking down Rundle Mall.  They can lodge their complaints when they have a number less than ten.  

Ok, we may have lost South Australia forever so the rest of us might as well get on with it.    Sable is meant to be retro chic and forms part of the Kellermeister Retro Range which includes this and two Moscatos which I am very keen to try.  One is called Pink Minx.  This may become the name of my second born child. Again, a girl would be good.

The Sable is great on it’s own as a little tipple – rich, silky, porty, chocolatey loveliness in a glass.  If I was prone to swooning I would.  However, as I do not live in a Jane Austen novel  I will remain upright and advise that this is utterly delicious and is likely to become a staple on my drinks trolley for some time to come!  This will be my go to product for those days when you just want a little something sweet and lovely after dinner! Or mid afternoon….or…you know…whenever….

The loveliness of the Sable does not stop with drinking though.  It is equally good in food.

I’ve now made three recipes with it and they were all gorgeous (even if I do say so myself).  If you cannot get Sable, your liqueur of choice can be substituted in all of these.

First up was a Raspberry Meringue Roulade  which I adapted from a Bill Granger recipe.

Raspberry Meringue Roulade

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Raspberry Roulade and a glass of Sable – a lovely afternoon tea tipple

I then made a Strawberry and Mango Zagablione where I used the Sable instead of marsala.   This tasted divine!   The zabaglione was also lovely swirled into some plain yoghurt the following day.

Finally, I used some Sable  in my version of the Australian Gourmet Traveller Chocolate and Caramel Tart. I adapted the original recipe as I am not that good with pastry and I used a bought caramel.  This is a truly decadent recipe and tastes like heaven!  My only word of caution is give yourself plenty of time to make this.  I started mid afternoon.  I added the final layer at midnight.  This takes a LONG time to make as you have to let each layer chill before adding  the next one.  It is worth it though as this is absolutely delicious!

I love the ombre effect of the four layers!

If you really want to make your own pastry and caramel, the original recipe can be found here:

http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/chocolate_and_caramel_tart.htm

Enjoy!

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