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I'll always have a good piece of cake (or two) over a healthy meal. I am not one to count calories, eat only salads, and not touch a cake because "I'm trying to watch my weight." No, sir! The sweeter the better. I know I'm lucky like this, as if my weight would reflect my eating more, I would weigh much, much more than now... about 200 pounds more. :D
I always knew on some level that I like to cook but only in the last couple of years, I discovered that cooking (baking in particular, as you can see on my Instagram—fresh from the oven as well—@giosmess) has become more like a way to relax after a busy day either at work or with my daughter.
I've always been that kind of person that likes to try all kinds of hobbies and always thought I was able to do them well. I have tried knitting, needlepoint Gobelins, crafting, candle making and whatever came to mind but nothing has done the trick like baking. I try to always be prepared just in case I decide to quickly bake something as my partner has really become addicted to my baking. Almost every night he has a different request for sweets. The same happened a couple of weeks ago when he asked for something, anything with Nutella. I had just put our daughter to sleep, it was late, and I was actually feeling pretty tired but I didn't say no. So I decided to look in my special cupboard and see what I could crop up with the ingredients I had, but surprise: there was only Nutella and flour there. I told him I had no ingredients so no sweets for him tonight, but he looked so disappointed, like a child that first hears there's no Santa Clause, so I decided to try at least.
It takes about 20 minutes to make and another 15 to bake so they're really easy and quick and they taste great!
- 250g Nutella + 100g for decorating
- 2 eggs
- roughly 220g flour
Step by step directions:
- Put the Nutella with the eggs in a bowl and stir until a paste is formed.
- Add the flour and stir until you have a dough that doesn't stick and can be formed in little balls. You might need more or less flour for that; this is a rough estimate of how much I used.
- Put a bit of oil on your hands and on a baking tray, form little balls from the Nutella dough.
- Once you've used all the dough, push the middle of the balls with the tip of the finger to create a hole in the middle. This is where the rest of the Nutella will need to be put.
- Put the baking tray in the preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 mins.
I guarantee they'll be a success and they look great.
Until a few days ago I was under the impression that this was a recipe invented on the spot by me. It isn't though, as apparently, it is very popular on the internet. I don't remember ever seeing it but probably my subconscious was working and it was brought to light in a time of need. :) I guess the recipe is too simple not to have been tried by someone else by now.
I just had my daughter's birthday last week so I have prepared these biscuits along with some "Baci di Dama" for the guests. They all loved it, especially the kids. I made a double portion and they were all gone by the end of the birthday party.