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Nutella and strawberry bundles – an easy indulgence

Posted in Baking, Food, and Food & Entertaining

Nutella and strawberry pastries - I make them but don't eat them
Nutella and strawberry pastries – I make them but don’t eat them

 

Last July, a beloved uncle of mine suddenly passed away. I was in Oregon when I heard the news from my teary mother and, amidst the memories that came flooding back, the thought of Nutella was at the forefront. There is a logic to this.

My uncle was a respected economist but, for most of his life, also loved to analyze food products (which he did for a number of companies). At some point in the ’70’s my mother cared to inform me that my uncle had deemed Nutella a wholesome product so, from then on, Nutella jars could enter my otherwise snack free household. Reading the list of ingredients now, I am not so sure about this “health” claim and I always had the sneaky suspicion that something got lost in translation but never put my theory to the test.  As a child starved of all the cookies and assorted “merendine” other kids had access to on a daily basis, I wasn’t about to complain.

Even Kobe used to sponsor it - image for those two people who have never seen it
Even Kobe used to sponsor it – image for those two people who have never seen it

When it comes to Nutella, I have little or no restraint. Hidden in the depth of my pantry, the little jar will audibly call my name while I am watching a movie or writing at my laptop, or otherwise minding my own business. I have been known to consume a whole jar in two sittings, which is why Nutella is semi-barred in my household, purchased twice a year at most.

A few years ago I set out to recreate it in the pastry kitchen – really, it’s not hard and, with a lot more hazelnuts and high quality dark chocolate, the end result was more than satisfactory. But it wasn’t Nutella, my personal Proustian madeleine.

So here I give you the easiest dessert in the world, one that requires a jar of Nutella and 10 minutes of your time. Unless you want to make your own puff pastry and/or Nutella. I am available for lessons.

RECIPE

Yields 12 bundles

2 sheets of all butter puff pastry

About one cup of Nutella

24 strawberries, hulled

Sugar for sprinkling

1 egg yolk

Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Defrost the puff pastry (you can place it in the refrigerator the night before) and unfold it on your counter. You want to work with it at the stage when it’s not too hard (it will break) nor too soft (it will stick everywhere). Cut each sheet in 6 squares, about 2 1/2 x 21/2 inches each.

Spread about one heaping tablespoon of Nutella in the center, leaving the edges clean.

Place two strawberries, cut sides down, at the center.

Nutella bundles how to 1Bunch the edges of the square in the center and pinch them together. If they don’t stick, use a few drops of water.

IMG_1701Break the egg yolk with a fork and mix it with a teaspoon of water (or heavy cream, even better) to thin it. With a pastry brush, or your fingers, brush it all over the top of the bundles. Sprinkle them with sugar (crystal sugar will make them even prettier).

Bake for about 15/20 minutes, until golden. Let cool before serving.

Do not make these if home alone. Do not consume in one sitting.

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5 Comments

  1. […] the cooking artist ran on her blog, Nostalgia and Whimsy.  Bernadette decided to illustrate my Nutella and strawberry bundles recipe. I have now received the original artwork, framed it and hung it in my kitchen. The result […]

    January 22, 2015
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  2. Those look scrummy, and so easy to make.
    I have people coming round at the weekend – these are perfect for serving with coffee – d’you think 2 per person is reasonable – or should I allow more?

    November 7, 2013
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    • I think two per person, that size, is plenty. You can make them smaller too, with just one strawberry inside, and allow for a shorter baking time. Let me know

      November 7, 2013
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  3. Like I needed a new way to consume Nutella?!!!! Read your post while breakfasting on oats and now I feel a little cheated. So, am defrosting puff pastry and heading out to find strawberries on a beautiful Autumn day so when my daughter gets home she can make them. That way I won’t be making them alone but can’t promise that they’ll see sunset.
    ps I hide 1kg Nutella jars around the house.

    November 7, 2013
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    • Yes, there is always a pressing need to consume Nutella. I don’t even have the excuse of kids around the house so, when I buy, it’s definitely for me!

      November 7, 2013
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