Nutella madness!

When Nutella became popular, it cracked me up how many people were under the impression that it was healthy and better for you than other nut-butters. All you have to do is look at the ingredients, and if you’ve got half a brain, you’ll see that it is anything but good for you. I mean hello! Anyone that has a love affair with Ferrero Rocher will tell you they about died and went to heaven when they tried Nutella for the first time, as that is the chocolatey goodness that’s been placed inside those candies by the hands of the baby Jesus.

Once everyone finally admitted to themselves that Nutella was actually not healthy, the awesome Nutella recipes began to surface all over Pinterest. Today I decided to check out some of these recipes, because I’ve been dying to make some kind of a delicious dessert with Nutella in it. So I went on Pinterest, and put “Nutella recipes” in the search bar. I practically had a stroke just from looking at the hundreds upon hundreds of recipes. There were recipes for brownies, cheesecake, donuts, mousse, pancakes, pizza, sticky buns, french toast, truffles, tarts, cakes, cupcakes, the list goes on. People are fucking mad for Nutella.

And I am about to jump on the crazy train as well. Time to look for my extra-fat-pants.

With all the recipes there were, I just started opening the recipes that made me go holy Jesus! and then narrowed it down to the most delicious looking Nutella recipes.

Here they are!

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Nutella brownies is first up on the list. This would make you a hero at the bake-sale if you brought these! The recipe for these brownies is featured on My Baking Addiction, and you can find the recipe here.

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Nutella french toast roll-ups. To the woman on her period that created these, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart. French toast is so awesome, and you just made it awesom-er. This recipe is on Diethood, and you can find it here.

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Nutella brie bites. This made me cream my pants a little bit…. It’s squares of puff pastry with wedges of brie, topped with Nutella. It’s on Bevcooks, and you can find the recipe here.

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FUCKING NUTELLA TRUFFLES!!!! Clearly I love truffles…. They are so good. And with Nutella? Yes, please! This recipe is also on My Baking Addiction, found here.

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Nutella sticky buns, need I say more? Didn’t think so! This recipe is on Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice, and you can grab this insanely awesome recipe here.

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Aaaaaand Nutella pizza. I saved the best for last 🙂 This gem of a recipe is on Manu’s Menu, and you can find it here.

I will be making ALL THE NUTELLA RECIPES.

Happy Easter, bitches!

The boy decided to rise and shine at 6:30 this morning, after having a night of waking up several times. I wanted to put my own head through the wall, this is how tired I was. At first he was in a good mood, but right around the time I needed to start making our Easter brunch, his mental state started to crumble. So I busted out the Easter basket. What better way to cheer up a pissed off toddler than a basket full of toys and candy?

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The blur is my son going straight for the bunny cooper with the candy on the inside!

Twenty minutes later he was bouncing off the walls. He was screaming, running, jumping on me and rolling across the floor. Exhaustion plus candy equals a mega sugar high. Parenting win! Finally after about a half hour he settled down started playing with his hot wheels and the bunny cooper!

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While the food was finishing up, we had our Easter egg hunt! I gotta say, I’m very proud of my little guy. He’s a pro at hunting eggs! He’s also a pro at crushing them….

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My family was very satisfied with the food! The brunch bake was absolutely delicious. The crust was perfectly flaky, and the ricotta cheese made the egg mixture very creamy and flavorful.

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I was not at all happy with how the bacon came out. Martha Stewart, I am very disappointed in you! You’d think prison would have given her plenty of time to master a bacon recipe, but no. I’ve never baked bacon before, and I will probably never bake it again. It didn’t come out crispy at all, it was rubbery. Who the hell wants to eat rubbery bacon?! I ended up pan frying the bacon some to achieve some crispness, but it was still sub par. The glaze tasted good, but next time I will pan fry the bacon, and drizzle the glaze on it after it is cooked.

Everyone’s favorite was the fruit tarts. Paula Dean recipes never fail to delight my taste buds. The crust was amazing, with just the right amount of sweetness. The cream cheese mixture was amaze balls, and the fresh strawberries on top made it a perfect spring time dessert.

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All in all, my Easter this year was fantastic. You will never hear me bitching about holidays and how “fake” or “corporate” they are. Holidays are what you make of them, and for me they are all about showing my family a few times a year just how much I adore them.

If you would like to see the recipes for what I made today, go to my previous post about my Easter brunch here.

Polka dot birthday cake.

I’m going to be pretty busy with work this weekend and won’t be cooking. I know, I’m so lazy! But there was a recipe I really wanted to share for you all this weekend. My son’s birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and I decided to do a polka dot birthday cake that I saw a picture tutorial for on Pinterest. The cake looks awesome, and the best part was that it was relatively easy to make. Here is the original picture tutorial that I saw on Pinterest.

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I didn’t bake the whole cake from scratch. Baking and decorating a cake is a lot of fucking work. With all the other crap I had to do in order to prepare for my son’s party, I decided to opt for boxed cake mix and pre made frosting. To see the complete tutorial on Once Upon a Pedestal, go here.

As I said before, this was really easy to make, so do not feel intimidated! It is a little time consuming, but you’ll love it if you take the time out to do it, and it is a huge crowd pleaser!

This is how my cake came out!

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B-a-n-a-n-a bread.

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I fucking love banana bread. If it weren’t for the fear of gaining weight, I’d eat it all day, every day. But I’m usually not super happy with the recipes I’ve tried. I mean they are good, obviously, because of my first statement on banana bread. But it’s usually lacking. So I recently decided to play around a bit with a recipe I found on Food Network, and the result was amaze balls! Everyone that put that bread in their face said it was the best banana bread they’ve ever had. As someone who likes to bake, that’s the absolute best compliment you could ever hope for! So here is my banana bread recipe!

WARNING! Certain aspects of this recipe will seem a bit insane. Trust me.

  • Five over ripe banana(that’s right, you heard me. FIVE. I mean business, baby!)
  • One stick of butter, brought to room temperature.
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar.
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar.
  • Two large eggs.
  • One tablespoon milk.
  • Two cups all-purpose flour.
  • One tablespoon ground cinnamon.
  • Two teaspoons ground ginger.
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • One teaspoon baking powder.
  • One teaspoon baking soda.
  • One teaspoon salt.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan.

Cream butter and both kinds of sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a separate bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Mix in milk, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla.

In yet another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

Add the banana mixture to the cream mixture. Fold this into the flour mixture. Do NOT over mix the flour mixture and the banana mixture. If you over mix it, it will come out too dense. We want our banana bread nice and fluffy, so be gentile 😉

Bake for one hour and ten minutes. Use a tooth pick to make sure it has been fully baked. Because this recipe calls for more bananas than most recipes, it will likely take the max amount of time.

Place the loaf pan of banana bread on a cooling rack until cooled.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I and my family do! This recipe is sure to please, and I will be surprised if you don’t have everyone and their mother asking for this recipe.

Gordon Ramsay’s cookery course.

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One thing that really got me excited about cooking was the show Gordon Ramsay’s Cookery Course on BBC. This show features Gordon at his home, showing the world how to make fantastic, and relatively simple meals. It’s all about learning how to be a good cook, whether it be for your family or for entertaining friends. I like watching this show for two reasons. The main reason being that Gordon Ramsay is fucking sexy. I mean really, put that man on a plate for me and I’d eat him up. I also love it because he features recipes that someone with any cooking skill can pull off(unless you’re a moron).

Now the big down fall to the show, is it’s hard to find the recipes online. I don’t know about you,  but for me it’s a little difficult to prepare a meal while watching how it’s done on TV. He explains the recipes rather quickly, and I don’t have a fucking TV in my kitchen. So yeah. I ended up finding an app for the show on Google Play. Just search “Gordon Ramsay cookery course”, and download it. I don’t know if it has all the recipes he’s done on the show to date, but it’s got quite a few.

I will probably be posting about quite a few of these recipes in the future, but there is one in particular that I am really excited about making to go along with Easter dinner. It’s a baked cheesecake with raspberries.

I love cheesecake, who doesn’t? I also love making cheesecake, however I’ve always made no bake cheesecakes. It can be intimidating to try and pull off a baked cheesecake. That’s what separates the boys from the men, right? You’d think so, but that sexy British beast has promised me that it is easy. And I will admit, it does look easy. The best part, to me, is the fact that there is no graham cracker crust. I effing hate graham cracker crust on cheesecake! I think it just takes away from the decadent creamy goodness of the cheesecake, and adds way too much sweetness for my own personal taste. Another thing about this recipe that appeals to me, is that this cheesecake is very rustic looking. That’s a fancy way of saying it doesn’t look like perfection. Which is fine by me. The fact that there is no need for it to look perfect is every baker’s dream!

I will make no adjustments to this recipe at all. I would never go there!

  • Butter, for greasing your cake tin.
  • 16 ounces(two packages) cream cheese brought to room temperature.
  • 3/4 cup of sugar.
  • Three eggs, lightly beaten.
  • Two tablespoons all-purpose flour.
  • Zest of one lemon.
  • one and a half cups of raspberries.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a springform cake tin. You must have one of these, do not use a regular cake pan!

Cream together cream cheese and sugar. Add beaten eggs about one egg at a time until combined. Add flour and lemon zest. Fold in raspberries carefully as to not break them apart into the cake mixture.

Spoon mixture into cake tin. Carefully tap the cake tin against your work surface to remove any air bubbles from the cake mixture. This will also help the raspberries rise up from the bottom.

Bake for 35 minutes until the edges are set, but the mixture in the middle is a little wobbly.

Once cooled, run a knife around the edges to loosen and remove from the pan. Enjoy, bitches!