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Nutella Macarons

11 Jun

I promise I don’t have a problem.

Nope.

Okay, I admit it… if there was rehab for Nutella addiction, my friends would probably check me in.

Who cares if I’m addicted, it has resulted in Nutella Macarons!

With that being said, macroons are a PAIN IN THE BUTT. Besides being time consuming, they are frustratingly fickle….the weirdest things can go wrong! Thankfully mine worked out, more or less, although I must admit that they are not the roundest or fattest. Oh well, they taste amazing! Any now without further ado, I give you Nutella Macarons adapted from this amazing recipe (check it out for step by step pictures) and with much help from these awesome macaron tips.

Makes about 20 medium sized macarons

Nutella ganache:
½ cup of heavy cream
2 oz bittersweet chocolate
1/4 C Nutella

  • In a small saucepan, heat heavy cream over low-medium heat. Meanwhile, place chocolate and Nutella in a medium heat-proof bowl. When heavy cream reaches a simmer, remove from heat and pour over chocolate and Nutella. Let sit for 20 seconds, then whisk until ganache is smooth
  • Place ganache in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes (I kept it in there longer as I was making the shells, but it didn’t seem to affect it negatively at all), until it has thickened
  • When ready to fill cookies, take out and beat the ganache until it lightens in color and becomes more fluffy like a mousse
  • Pair up macarons of the same size. Pipe or spoon a little Nutella mousse onto one cookie. Place the other cookie on top and press down gently.

Chocolate macarons:
110g almond meal
200 grams minus 2 tbsp powdered sugar
30g cocoa powder
100g egg whites (3-3 1/2 large eggs), (I placed them in a small bowl covered with plastic wrap and left them on the counter for 36 hours)
1/8 tsp salt
50g granulated sugar

  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mats.
  • Run almond meal through a sifter. Place in food processor (I don’t have a food processor, so I used my blender and then whisked by hand a little)
  • Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder to food processor and pulse a few times until everything is incorporated. Set aside
  • In a large bowl, beat the egg whites for a few minutes until they are foamy. Immediately, place mixer on low and slowly add the granulated sugar to the foamy egg whites. Continue beating until egg whites have stiff peaks (Consistency of shaving cream)
  • The egg white beating is one of the hardest steps to nail. Even though I was happy with my macaroons, I think they were a bit under-beaten, as some of mine split in too. However, also beware of over-beating. This just takes some practice and trial and error.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the egg whites and fold them in with a spatula. Place a clip above the open end of your piping bag (i just cut a hole in my plastic one, but from my experience I would recommend a metal tip) so batter won’t flow out while you fill the bag. Place the bag on a tall glass to hold it up and fill it with the batter. Twist the top shut and remove the clip. Pipe small circles onto the prepared baking sheets
  • Let batter rest for around 10-30 minutes, until it feels dry (and not sticky) to the touch. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 300°F.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Check to see if macarons are done by grabbing the top of one macaron and trying to shake it. They are done when the top barely slides against the skirt. If they are not done, extend baking time by two minutes intervals, checking after each extension. Remove from oven and let cool completely before adding filling.

Taste: 

Healthiness: 

Would I make it again? Um, YES PLEASE. These have been my favorite thing I have baked in a very long time, taste wise. Macaroons are can be semi-healthy in moderation (132 cal, 13g sugar each), but unfortunately these are addicting as all get out!

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Nutella-Banana French Toast

6 Jun

Sometimes we all need a little pick me up. I take that in the form of Nutella! While this french toast is most definetly sweet and utterly delicious, it is healthy…kinda. The egg/egg whites and whole grain bread provide a good amount of protein, espeically if devoured with half a glass of skim milk. Admitedly, it is a bit high in sugar, but most of it comes from the banana (if you really want to cut down on the sugar from the Nutella, maybe try a low-sugar chocolate hazelnut spread)

Serves one, but easily multiplied for more people.

Nutella and Banana French Toast
Crisco or small pat of butter
1 large brown egg
1~3 tbsp egg white substitute (if you need more liquid to dip the bread in)
1/8 C almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
2 pieces of whole wheat bread (I use Nature’s Own)
1 banana, about  80g
1/2 tbsp Nutella
1/2 tbsp cashew butter (you can use any nut butter you like)
Powdered sugar for sprinkling

  • Spray large pan with crisco and heat pan on medium high
  • Combine egg through nutmeg in a small bowl. Whisk thoroughly
  • Dip each piece of bread in bowl and coat each side. Place carefully in hot pan
  • Cook each side until done to your liking
  • Meanwhile, slice banana and combine nutella and nut butter
  • Place cooked bread on plate, spread on nutella/nut butter and top with banana slices and second piece of bread
  • Slice in half and garnish with powdered sugar if desired

Taste: 

Healthiness: 

Would I make it again? Most certainly, but I’ve got to work on my cooking time for the bread and maybe trying it out with homemade Nutella.