Ode to Nutella

Nutella = Love

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Who doesn’t love Nutella? | c. Pusheen

Nutella… More like hell yeah. Am I right or am I right?

A jar full of absolute mesmerization, that brings the feeling of jumping over a rainbow while riding a unicorn. Scratch that, two unicorns. That, my friend, would be Nutella. Ever since it was introduced to the market in 1964, Nutella has been – and to this day still – a very much appreciated chocolate spread. The perfect combination of hazelnut with a hint of cocoa and milk is like, the best thing ever on this planet. With just about nine weeks left of school, we find ourselves already thinking about summer break, procrastinating our work to the last minute. And, it’s been scientifically proven that chocolate is good for your mind and body. Add those two together and you have a happy brain, mind, and attitude about school! (and a fulfilled stomach). To satisfy your needs, I’ve got some Nutella recipes! Of course, everybody goes through the eating-directly-from-the-jar-with-a-huge-spoon kind of days. But check out these recipes and try some because honestly, they’re life changing.

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But before you get to the cooking, take a moment to appreciate Nutella itself and it’s past.  Nutella’s history goes all the way back to the end of the Second World War. Pietro Ferrero, a confectioner was inspired to make cocoa and hazelnuts affordable for the people of Italy, as those ingredients were considered quite the luxury. This was when the Gianduja, the very combination of chocolate and hazelnuts, was invented (or rather, the prototype of our modern day Nutella).The new sensation captured everybody’s attention, ending up as an immense success. Chocolate treats were no longer inaccessible; both the cheap price and appetizing taste called for awareness, causing the Gianduja to become a huge hit. But it wasn’t until Michele Ferrero, the inventor of Nutella, created his new secret recipe that the actual Nutella was born. The Italian  – perhaps even worldwide  – success continues to be consumed all year long, because of its simplicity, functionality, and price.

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RIP Michele Ferrero | c. The Guardian

Here are three tasty Nutella-mazing recipes to celebrate our universal love for the chocolatey treat.

1. Nutella Banana Smoothie

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Ingredients:

Frozen bananas (70 g)

Milk (100 ml)

Ice (50 g)

Nutella (1 tablespoon)

 

Step 1) Stick the frozen banana slices on to the inner surface of your cup.

Step 2) Using a mixer, mix the milk, ice, and Nutella until the mixture becomes smooth.

Step 3) Pour the mixture into the cup, and top it off with whatever you like! (I recommend whipping cream and granola!)

 

2. Nutella French Toast

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Ingredients:

Bread (1 piece)

Egg (1)

Milk (150 ml)

Sugar (1 tablespoon)

Nutella (AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE!)

 

Step 1) Get your slice of bread, cut it in half, and cut a pocket in the bread for the Nutella to go inside.

Step 2) Scoop as much Nutella as you like inside the cut.

Step 3) Mix the egg, milk, and sugar and place the bread slices in the mixture. (Tip: Use a ziplock bag to the dipping)

Step 4) Warm up your frying pan, and cook the bread until it becomes a golden-yellowish color.

Step 5) Optional, but you can top the french toast off with chocolate sauce, fruits, or just anything you like!

 

3. Nutella Brownie

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Ingredients:

Nutella (1 jar)

Egg (2)

Milk (4 tablespoons)

Salt (2 sprinkles)

Cake flour (80 g)

 

Step 1) Get a cake tray, and inside the tray, lay aluminum foil. Preheat the oven to 175 celsius. Lightly sprinkle cake flour on the tray.

Step 2) Mix Nutella, eggs, and milk inside a bowl.

Step 3) Add the salt and the rest of the cake flour inside the bowl, and mix until smooth.

Step 4) Pour the mixture into the tray and leave in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

Step 5) Take out, cut it into small squares, and decorate however you like!

 

TREAT YO’ SELF with Nutella! Grab your smoothie mixer, cake tray, and start cooking!

 

– Leona Maruyama (’17)

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Cures For Your Sweet Tooth

The #TREATYOSELF saga continues.

Cake, cookies, ice cream. YUM. Every once in a while, you need to #TREATYOSELF to a sweet snack. We asked some students for their favorite sweet treats and found recipes so you can make it yourself!

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“Brownies!” (Ji Sun Jeon, ‘17)

Simple brownies are rich, decadent, and full of chocolate. A perfect snack for when you’re running low on energy and happiness.

You will need:

½ cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

¼ tsp baking powder

⅓ cup cocoa powder

¼ tsp salt

½ cup flour

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC)
  2. Blend the oil and sugar until they are well mixed
  3. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients (baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, flour) together separately.
  5. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients and blend until the batter comes together.
  6. Pour the mixture into a greased 9×9 pan (if you double the recipe, use 9×13 pan and bake for longer)
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, cool the brownies, and enjoy!

 

(recipe by food.com)

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“Chocolate sea salt caramel cookies.” (Faith Choi, ‘16)

Mmmm, now that sounds good. What is this delectable treat? Warm, chewy, rich cookies that are all gooey with caramel, with a surprise of salt for extra flavor.

 

You will need:

1 ¼  cup all-purpose flour

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

5 tbsp butter

7 tbsp cocoa

⅔ cup sugar

⅓ cup brown sugar

⅓ cup plain yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

Soft caramels (rolled into little balls)

Sea salt

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC) and prepare 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  2. Sift and mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Separately, melt butter over a saucepan. Removing it from the heat, stir in cocoa and sugars until it looks kind of like wet sand.
  4. Mix in the yogurt and vanilla until well blended.
  5. Stir in dry ingredients and continue to mix
  6. Wrap the cookie dough around the balls of caramel and sprinkle sea salt over each one.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, cool cookies, and enjoy!

 

(recipe by twopeasandtheirpod.com)

 

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“Umm peppermint cookie thing. Oh wait, it’s.. ahh peppermint bark!” (Lina Oh, 11)

What is peppermint bark? Only the easiest, but most delicious snack for lovers of the chocolate-peppermint pairing! A layer of bittersweet dark chocolate, a layer of buttery white chocolate, and a layer of crunchy zingy peppermint. The perfect combination.

 

You will need:

12 oz plain white chocolate

12 oz plain dark chocolate

½ cup crushed peppermint candy

 

  1. First, line a 9×12 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the dark chocolate. You can use the double boiler for this, where you boil a pot of water and place a heat-proof bowl over it, constantly stirring until the chocolate is smooth. Or, you could microwave the chocolate 15-20 seconds and a time, stirring in between.
  3. Spread a layer of the dark chocolate in the pan.
  4. Now, melt the white chocolate using whichever method you prefer.
  5. Quickly, while the chocolate is still hot, pour the mixture over the dark chocolate.
  6. Put peppermints into a ziploc bag, and crush with a rolling pin or a hammer.
  7. Sprinkle the crushed peppermints over the chocolate
  8. Put in the refrigerator to harden. Once it’s ready, break them apart and enjoy!

(recipe by food.com)

Whatever the case, remember to take a break once in a while from vigorous studying, and indulge your sweet tooth! All these recipes await you! YUM.
– Sarah Chin (’16)

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