Monday, February 7, 2011

World Nutella Day and a suitable recipe

After a long thesis related absense I'm back and from the abyss of late night statistics sessions and results analysing I bring a recipe featuring the world famous hazelnut-chocolate spread we all know and love (I hope)! Ok so a few of my friends are having birthdays this week so it's gonna be all go on the baking front for me (not that I'm complaining in the slightest :D :D :D

First off I decided to do muffins for Tara :) The only question is what type? After a good long think and a bit of a food porn session I found out that it was recently World Nutella Day. I decided I just HAD to make something and found several recipes for self frosting nutella cupcakes. Sometimes I think frosting detracts from the cupcake itself and I know many people who hate the stuff and end up scraping it off so these were perfect :D! I'm using a slightly modified version of my own fairy cake (yellow cake) recipe to which I added some of the chocolatey yumminess :)

I hope you enjoy these, Tara sure did :)

Self-Frosting Nutella Muffins

(Makes 12)
  • 140g butter (at room temp)
  • 110g white caster sugar/130g granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence (I omitted this for this recipe but feel free to add it)
  • 2 eggs
  • 50ml milk
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 12 tsps Nutella
Preheat oven to 160 C/325 F
Line/grease a 12 hole muffin tin
Cream butter and sugar until creamy and light
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition
Stir in vanilla essence
Sift in flour and baking powder and mix until combined
Add milk until the mixture is the right consistency (It should stay on a spoon easily but slowly fall off when the spoon is turned over)
Put 1 tbsp of the mix into each hole in the tray, distributing any remaining mix into the 12 holes
Put 1 tsp of Nutella on top of the mixture and swirl in using a toothpick/fork (I found the fork better at first but it's messy no matter what you use)
Bake for 22mins, until well risen and a toothpick comes out clean (maybe with some Nutella on it, depending on where you stick the toothpick)
Cool on a wire rack (or not) and enjoy :)

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