Happy Tuesday! It’s been a while since I did a Tuesdays with Dorie post, but I couldn’t resist these little Nutella-filled cupcakes called Nutella Buttons.
These were fun little cupcakes to make, and very easy to whip up. They are a simple, vanilla-flavored cupcake made light and tender by folding in whipped egg whites. The fun surprise is the dab of Nutella in the middle of the cupcake!
I like that the cake is not too sweet; it provides a perfect foil for the sweeter Nutella. I also like that the recipe does not make too many mini-cakes. I got only 19 cakes out of my mini-muffin pan. Perfect for every day snacking!
None! With all those whipped egg whites (4 total) and only a small amount of baking powder, I did not have to make any adjustments to this recipe. Yay!
If you are interested in baking Nutella Buttons, you can find the recipe on Page 188 of Dorie Greenspan’s latest book, Baking Chez Moi. I also found the recipe here (this link also includes and interview with Dorie).
I thought this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe would be right up my alley. One of my favorite snacks is a piece of toast spread with chocolate-hazelnut spread (I don’t use Nutella – my favorite brand is Cocoa Haze!).
My Favorite Snack!
Nutella Tartine is a glorified version of my favorite snack. A slice of brioche is toasted under the broiler, then spread with bitter orange marmalade. Softened chocolate-hazelnut spread is drizzled on top of the marmalade, and then the whole thing is finished with a sprinkling of fleur del sel and chopped hazelnuts.
Remember that brioche dough I saved from the Bubble-Top Brioches? Well, I got that out of the freezer and made a loaf of brioche. Yum! I also found a wonderful orange fig spread on the clearance rack at my Safeway. I used both to make this treat.
If you look closely you can see me in this picture.
It turns out I didn’t really care for the combination of flavors in Nutella Tartine. I think it was the combination of the orange marmalade and the chocolate in particular that I did not like. My husband wasn’t a big fan either. He couldn’t get his head around the idea of chocolate on bread (not a problem I have!). He thought a piece of that brioche toasted with butter and spread with the orange fig jam would be better (it was!).
I think I will stick to my favorite toast and Cocoa Haze! from now on.