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HEAVENLY NUTELLA PIZZA

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones. For me, it was about spending quality time with my family and close friends, and enjoy the deliciousness of life. Not only, did I host Christmas Day dinner, but, I also cooked a Prime Rib dinner for my son’s birthday on New Year’s Day. As you can imagine, I have been busy in the kitchen,  That’s not all,  I also made a very easy and delicious treat, a Nutella Pizza to start 2016 on a sweet note.  If you are like me, and don’t have a knack for baking, this dessert is for you. It’s so easy, a 5-year-old can make it, (with an adult’s supervision.)  I bought freshly made store-bought pizza dough, and Nutella, a scrumptious hazelnut spread with cocoa. It is the star ingredient in this recipe. I use raspberries and hazelnuts as toppings, but you can use any toppings of your choice, just like you would do in a regular pizza.

Servings: 6-8  Level of difficulty: Easy

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb.  pizza dough*
  •  Flour to sprinkle on cutting board
  • Pam – spray
  • 1 – 13 ounce jar of Nutella
  • Confectioners sugar for garnish*
  • Raspberries, or any fruits of your choice
  • Roasted hazelnuts, or any nuts

    Preparation:

    1) Pre-heat oven to 500 degree F.
    2) In the meanwhile, put dough out to reach room temperature. Sprinkle some flour on a wood board, and use a rolling-pin to roll the dough. Stretch it as if you are making a pizza.
    3) Spray Pam on the bottom of a round 13-inch pizza pan,  place the dough and press it down around the edges. Take a fork, and poke a few holes on pizza to avoid bubbles during baking.4) Place on the middle rack, and bake for exactly 6 minutes, depending on your oven.  To check for doneness, lift the bottom of pizza with a fork or knife, and if it has a nice golden brown color, then it’s done. Remove it, and put it on a board.
    5)  Using a spatula, spread the Nutella all over the pizza while it’s hot.  Sprinkle the sugar, and garnish with fruits and nuts. Cut in triangles like a pizza. It gets a little messy but that’s all part of the fun! There will be lots of finger-licking!

    I love the idea of hazelnuts because that is one of the ingredients in the Nutella, but you can use any other nuts.

    My family told me that I was trying to kill them, in a good way, of course. It was mouth-watering, and devilishly scrumptious.

    Tips: 1) You can make a homemade pizza dough
    2) Serve it at once, while nutella is hot.
    3) Confectioners sugar is the white powder sugar

    WARNING: Highly addicting!

    Wishing all of you, a Happy and Sweet New Year in The Kitchen!

     

    Updated – 10/27/2016 Dedicated to my beloved dad in heaven.  RIP July 2016

    Nutella Pizza

    Nutella Pizza

    Nutella Pizza

    Nutella Pizza

    Nutella Pizza

    Nutella Pizza

    Gina, Foodiewinelover
    My Food, Wine, & Travel Lifestyles 

    Photo: by Gina for Foodiewinelover
    Recipe: by Gina for Foodiewinelover

Strawberries, Chocolate & Cannoli Cream

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Strawberries, Chocolate & Cannoli Cream

I am friends with a lot of foodies, chefs and homecooks on Facebook. Every day, I see tons of wonderful dishes on my news feed. Once in a while, a recipe catches my attention like this one did. My friend Michael Salvatore Gottuso recently posted a delicious dessert with strawberries, chocolate & cannoli cream on his profile. I could not wait to try it, since there was no baking involved.  The next day, I went to the grocery store, and picked up the ingredients. It is such an easy and scrumptious dessert, you will wow your loved ones.

Serves 3-4 Level of difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 15 oz. container whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 capful of vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped chocolate (I used 70% cocoa)
  • 1/2 lb. of sliced strawberries.

Preparation:  

In a medium-sized bowl, blend the ricotta and sugar together with a spoon. Add the vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate. Mix well. Chill in the fridge for a few hours to let the flavor “ripen”. When it’s chilled enough, and almost ready to be served, slice the strawberries and set aside.

Place the cannoli cream in cups or small bowls, arrange the strawberries on top to make a beautiful presentation. Voila! The dessert is ready to be relished. My family loved it, and I hope yours will too.

Recipe: Courtesy of Michael Salvatore Gottuso

Stay tuned! Happy Tuesday!

 

Affogato

 

Gelato

Espresso

I prefer making savory dishes over sweet ones, because I don’t like to measure the ingredients. (well, all that changed, until I started blogging). However, when making desserts, you have to measure every ingredient and be precise, otherwise, you may end up with a “leaning tower” cake. That’s why I never took a liking to baking, it’s too complicated for me. Today, a friend of mine inspired me, when she posted an article on Facebook from Tasting Table about Affogato.  It is an Italian dessert that requires two simple ingredients. I made it tonight , and my family couldn’t get enough of its deliciousness.

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of very cold gelato, Vanilla flavored
  • 1 shot of hot espresso (no sugar, added)

    Preparation:

    Place gelato in a bowl or cup, pour the hot espresso over it, and serve immediately. The gelato will be drowning in the coffee, and the taste will be amazingly scrumptious. This is a last-minute dessert, that is sure to please your loved ones. You can add some liqueur such as Amaretto, if you want to.

I hope you will try this easy and delicious treat.

Enjoy!

Affogato

 

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