Nutellino requires little more than pizza dough, Nutella, fresh strawberries and chocolate syrup. Staying in touch with Italian minimalist recipe culture, the few ingredients spur one of the most radiant Italian desserts, one that’s been favored by Italians and visitors for decades.
Think of Nutellino as something like a chocolate calzone, a desert packed sweetly and neatly into a small, gooey treasure on your plate. The tasty treat is served best after a classic fresh pizza or a warm, savory tomato soup. Keeping the evening’s indulgences strictly Italian offers the best experience around the Nutella-infused dish. If you want to spice up the dessert hour, incorporate an Italian dessert affogato, treating yourself to the creamy liqueur and a scoop of vanilla gelato in a shot of hot espresso. This is not the only way to do Italian coffee, but it is certainly one of our favorite ways.
Check the Nutellino recipe if you want to try your hand at the dessert at home:
- 1 plain store-bought pizza dough (so easy)
- Nutella or another preferred chocolate-hazelnut spread
- 1 egg (beaten lightly)
- Kosher salt or sea salt
- 1 cup fresh strawberries (sliced)
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Chocolate syrup
How to make Nutellino:
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper
- Cut pizza dough into four parts. Roll one piece into a disk at ½ inch thick. Line half the disk with two tablespoons of Nutella with ¼ inch border.
- Brush the border with egg and pile the second half of the dough over the Nutella. You are creating a half moon shape from the disk, the borders are touching and keeping the Nutella contained.
- Use a fork or your thumb to crimp the sides of the calzone together.
- Continue the half-moon (or calzone) shape process with the remaining three disks.
- Evenly space calzones on the baking sheet
- Brush each with egg and a touch of salt
- Bake for 13-15 minutes or until puffed and golden
- Let cool for two minutes
- Serve each calzone hot on its own platter
- Decorate to your liking! Perhaps seasonal berries or an added drizzle of chocolate syrup
The few number of ingredients is one aspect of Nutellino that makes the dessert so scrumptious. The other component is, quite obviously, the use of Nutella or another hazelnut spread. Nutella has worked its way from the early 1800s into the hearts and desserts of many people around the world. It was back in 1806 that Napoleon attempted to freeze British commerce, causing chocolate prices to skyrocket. The solution? Make a mock chocolate, of course! Chocolatiers creatively chopped hazelnuts and added them to chocolate to make more out of the few resources they had available for confections.
Here are a few more tales behind the beloved hazelnut spread:
- Nutella was initially designed into a loaf and intended to be applied like butter- sliced and spread over bread.
- A quarter of the world’s hazelnut supply is used to make Nutella each year. Nutella is just one brand of hazelnut spread; imagine all those hazelnuts being harvested for our dessert addiction!
- Each jar of Nutella contains 52 hazelnuts; know you are getting well-nourished by the nutty spread as you top a spoonful onto your dessert.
- The original Nutella sourced from Italy is by and far the best way to experience to Nutella. The ingredients mirror those in the United States and Canada, but true Nutella lovers will argue endlessly for the OG mix.
If you love Nutella as much as we do, come into Ironside Kitchen Pizza & Coffe Co for a taste of the sweet Italian dessert! Enjoy it alongside an espresso and after an authentic Italian meal that will leave you feeling fresh, full and eager for a future visit.
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