Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Nutella Meringues

When I was younger,
so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in anyway

Actually what I meant to say before that Beatle's song jumped into my head and took over was that, when I was young, say about 9 or 10, I absolutely LOVED Nutella. I would happily slather it thickly on soft slices of white bread and make 3 tiered Nutella sandwhiches. You could say they were my very own Nutella Big Mac.

Now, that is not to say that I don't love Nutella anymore. I still do and whenever I buy it, I still make my 3 tiered sandwhiches. The reason I dont buy it is that it is just so sinfully delicious and fattening and generally bad for the general health and all things should be taken in moderation and too much of a good thing is bad for you, not to mention that my wife frowns when I overindulge in anything, which is what I generally do, and not just with Nutella. Yeah, I can be a bit of a porker and thats not good for the general health of things.... I think you get my drift. Which is all really quite sad really - Coz I REALLY love my Nutella!!!

Anyway, having got that little rant out of my system, I decided to make meringues for dessert to go with the Lasagne. My niece, who is also my Goddaughter, loves meringue. I thought the idea of slathering Nutella over the meringues would be particularly delicious too. AND... I would have leftover Nutella to slather on to slices of white bread and make my Triple Decker Nutella Sandwhiches!

BwwaaaaaHaHaHaHaHaHaHAHA! Was I brilliant or what!

So to make it, all you do is whisk 3 egg whites, 3/4 cup of sugar and a pinch of cream of tartar together until stiff. I use medium speed on my electric hand held mixer. Then you pipe out pretty litte shapes and bake in a preheated 160C oven for about an hour or till lightly browned. They may still feel a little spongy in the oven but will become crisp once cool.

Then, spread generously with Nutella and wolf them down!

The kids loved it and I reckon they taste a little like chocolate covered honeycomb, you know like Cadbury Crunchie or Violet Crumble. Very, very tasty indeed!


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

It is very easy to see why the kids loved these meringues Dharm!!Going back to my childhood I think Nutella makes the best S'mores!!! Thank you also for visiting my blog. To answer your question.. Panko is Japanese breadcrumbs. They used to be available only in the Asian markets but now are available at all the grocery stores here.

Anonymous said...

:::hanging head::::
I have never had nutella.
But the meringues look good. :)

Laura Rebecca said...

Hee, hee, hee. Brilliant plan, both for the meringues AND the leftover nutella!

Anonymous said...

U have a great blog here. I loved the crispy okra. Anything that has nutella is my fav

Sara said...

Oh my gosh, that IS brilliant! I adore Nutella, although I don't eat it often.

Danielle said...

Nutella is the pinnacle of my childhood comfort food. The only way we'd ever have it was slathered on thick slices of Italian bread, usually as an after-school treat.

Most of the fat in Nutella is the good sort from hazelnuts and peanuts. The bad fat in it is from the partially hydrogenated peanut oil.

Like you said though, it still needs to be moderated. I'll have to give the recipe for the meringues a try.

Chipmunkrock said...


Peabody said...

You know it is going to be good if Nutella is in the recipe.

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