14 March 2012

'Nutty' Nutella Melting Moments...

...I had an unexpected bit of time to kill earlier, and remembered this recipe I had copied down from a friend's copy of Fay Ripley's 'What's For Dinner?'...this recipe had literally jumped off the pages, hurled itself at me, squared up to me and faced me down...daring me to go home and make some...that was last week...and after a quick trip to the shops to stock up on ingredients, I've finally had the time to make them...so here I am ready to share the gorgeous recipe that is...

...Nutty Nuggets of Deliciousness...
(via Fay Ripley, and now known in our house as 'Nutty' Nutella Melting Moments...)

These have to be one of the easiest biscuits ever...you need: 100g roasted hazelnuts, ground...can 'do it yourself' but I bought chopped roasted and then whizzed in processor until ground up...
Then add into the ground hazelnuts, 100g ground almonds, 150g plain flour, 60g caster sugar, 150g softened butter and whizzzzzzzzzz!!
You'll know when to stop, as the whole lot comes together as a soft pliable dough...time to get your hands stuck in!!
Using your hands, you have to roll the dough into "large marble sized" balls...spread them out on your cookie trays and press down lightly (I found the end of a glass great for this) the recipe is meant to make 25-30 (once sandwiched) but I only got 20 (once sandwiched) I guess my marbles were a bit larger than Fay's!!
Bake them in the oven at Gas 6/180-200c for about 15-20 mins (they only took 15 mins in my Circotherm oven)...leave them on the trays for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Don't they look great!
I made an extra one as a tester...cooks perks!!! I spooned a teeny tiny bit of Nutella onto it and have to say it was delish...
When they are completely cool, you just have to sandwich them together with a blob (very technical cooking term there!) of Nutella...The recipe says you need about 1/3 of a 400g jar, but I didn't use anywhere as much as that!
Then it's time to enjoy...Fay says she serves these after dinner when friends are around...and I agree they would be great with coffee after dinner, however with my two smallish people around...they won't last long enough!! Although, the 10 year old has asked if they could be made with no hazelnuts, only almonds, and possibly smaller...so that is one to think about next time...they are not very sweet little nibbles which is why they would go so well with coffee after a dinner...and I do believe the adults may prefer these...The recipe also says to store in the fridge and take out just before serving...I'm not sure they will last long enough to even get into the fridge!! (because of the adults!!) Oh and by the way...one just isn't enough...or two...or three...you get the picture...these will quickly become a firm favourite in your house...and a word of advice...they're crumbly, very crumbly...so use a plate!!


  1. This little bites are just so good! In Italy we called them "baci di dama" and they look very similar. Well done on this post!

  2. Thanks Alida, just looked Baci di Dama up...they really do look the same, but with no ground hazelnuts, just almonds...which is just how my daughter has asked for them!!! Sx


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