Nutella lamingtons for World Nutella Day 2011

I can’t believe it’s World Nutella Day again!  Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso host “World Nutella Day 2011″ (the FIFTH instlment!) – a day to celebrate,  get creative with, and most importantly, eat Nutella.  It only seems like yesterday I was whipping up a marbled Nutella cheesecake with molten Nutella sauce (excuse the bad photos on that post…) for last year’s celebrations!

I have to admit my favourite way to enjoy Nutella (apart from, ahem, straight out of the jar) is on fresh white bread. Plain and simple. But I could hardly post that as my contribution to the “party”, so instead I went with a different kind of sandwich – a Nutella lamington.  Now, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I *heart* lamingtons – having made the classic lamington as well as a “macington” and pumpkin lamingtons. So a Nutella lamington was kind of inevitable, right?

A lamington is basically a sponge cake sandwiched with jam and cream, rolled in chocolate glaze and then in coconut. My version?  Sponge cubes sandwiched with Nutella, rolled in chocolate glaze and then toasted hazelnuts.  They are, indeed, impressive to behold…

I ended up making these on my school’s first ever snow day on Wednesday, so I had the time to skin and toast the hazelnuts – I am glad I did.  I boiled 1 cup of hazelnuts with 3 cups of water and 4 Tablespoons of baking soda for about 3 minutes. The water turned purple-black and frothy from the skins. I drained them and rinsed with cold water and the skins just slipped off.  I made sure to air dry them for a couple of hours before I toasted them on a baking tray at 350F for 10 minutes.  I cooled them before I roughly chopped them (with a knife, not a food processor – I wanted a more rustic look).  Removing the skins removes the bitterness and oven-toasting them adds a lovely crunch to their texture and, of course, a toasty flavour.  Check them out up close:

While I was waiting for the hazelnuts to cool enough to chop them, I sliced the pound cake (that I had found in our freezer  and defrosted the night before – in my continued attempt to use up what we have in the house) into small-ish cubes and sandwiched them with Nutella.  I placed the cubes in the freezer for about 30 minutes to make sure they would “stick” when dipped in the warm chocolate glaze.

The glaze is basically 4 cups of icing sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa, 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter and about 2/3 cup milk, heated on the stovetop and whisked until it was smooth. The consistency is pretty runny but this makes for easier dipping!

I used two forks to dip the cubes in and then drained the excess chocolate glaze off before I rolled them in the chopped toasted hazelnuts.  I placed them on wax paper then the fridge to harden up a little.  To serve, bring to room temperature – remove from fridge about 30 minutes before serving.

Result?

Yeah, these were G.O.O.D. Decadent. Rich. A once a year treat. But oh, so good.

And I couldn’t resist this next shot – I was shooting these in the middle of a snow storm on my porch (yes the neighbourhood kids thought I was crazy) and at one point I had to move some of the lamingtons around to brush some snow off the table.  Instead of putting the in-the-way lamington on the placemat I had out there, I accidentally put it on the (empty and clean) snow-filled bowl we sometimes fill with water for our neighbourhood cat…

It’s a snowy day treat for sure!

Happy World Nutella Day – Be sure to grab a spoon and celebrate!

Like Nutella? Head on over to my friend Paula’s new site Bella Nutella! All the cool, Nutella-loving kids will be there 🙂

92 thoughts on “Nutella lamingtons for World Nutella Day 2011”

  1. These look gorgeous! I like it plain from the jar or on a piece of fresh bread just like you, but this looks irresistible! 😉 thanks for sharing! x

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  2. Damn, those look amazing Mardi! I am a freak for Nutella too, I put it in crepes all summer long but this elevates this chocolatey treasure even higher. Beautiful! BTW, love that trick to remove the skins, works much better than the roasting method.

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  3. I literally had to pick my chin up off the floor when I saw these. Are you kidding me??? I’d go flippin NUTS for these. Your pictures made me drool all over myself. Thanks for sharing this Mardi and Happy World Nutella Day 🙂

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  4. Happy Nutella Day to you! Gorgeous and delicious what could be better? Fortunately, I don’t have to wait for a snow day to think about making them. Although, I must admit, in our house…. Nutella is often slathered on bread, right out of the jar.

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  5. I cannot tell you how many Nutella recipes I have bookmarked in the last week and I told myself- NO MORE. But when I saw these lamingtons, I bookmarked them!!!! They just look sooo good!

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  7. Yes! These look delectable. I somehow decided this was Nutella Year, and have been celebrating for over a month now. (Is that wrong?) I also like the stuff straight out of the jar, but it’s really good on: sourdough, challah, brioche, toasted english muffin and index finger.

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  9. I’ve been celebrating all day with my jar of Nutella!! Love this stuff!
    Lamingtons will always remind me of my trip to Aussie land…I had them just about every day in every shape and form while I was there. But I never had a nutella lamington … that won’t be the case for too long though…thank you for the recipe!

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  10. Just to be a bit of a w*nker, I’m going to toss out a wine match:

    Pieneau des Charentes – prefereably the red. (Unless you’re reading this in france, best of luck…)

    😉

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  11. i knew i bought that bag of hazlenuts yesterday for a reason! i am drooling over here at the different layers of yumminess… these are definitely a must-make for the near future. thanks for the tip on how to skin hazlenuts!

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  12. oh Mardi, these look wonderful. I hadn’t seen your previous lamington posts, nor have i heard of lamington to be honest. they are the perfect amount of cake to keep the sugar dosages in check =) is it ridiculously hard to only eat one?!

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  13. Gorgeous and mouthwatering Nutella Lamingtons! Hope you had a wonderful Nutella Day! I ate an entire jar to celebrate! 🙂

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  14. Ok … next time I see you I would like some of these. 😉 Beautiful pictures … they make me want to snatch one up and eat it! Love the snow shot, too! I should have thought of that when we had the ‘Great Dallas Blizzard 2011’.

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  15. Mmmmmmm… there is absolutely nothing to say except I so want some of these! I am going to make something like this now! Gorgeous! Tempting and decadent, oh yeah!

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  16. love the look of these…bet they taste great too, after all how can you go wrong with nutella! thanks for sharing this great recipe idea, looking forward to giving it a try…mary

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