Nutella

Today I’m excited to be participating in World Nutella Day for the first time!  Thanks to Sara & Michelle, February 5 is the day to celebrate a love of all things Nutella.  I don’t remember ever having had Nutella until a few years ago, but I’m so glad to have finally discovered it.  You can spread it on toast, bake with it, or even eat it straight from the jar with a spoon – it’s delicious in every instance!

Nutella Pockets

There are a world of Nutella recipes collected over on Nutella Day’s site and I considered many of them for today’s post but in the end, something else caught my eye – a unique twist on turnovers created by Jenny over on Picky Palate.  She used puff pastry, Nutella and marshmallows to bake a simple, yet decadent treat and I knew there was very little chance that combining those ingredients could result in anything but a yummy snack.

Picnik collage   

I can never leave well enough alone, so I complicated the recipe a little by making my own puff pastry instead of using a store-bought version.  Next week I’ll show you exactly how I made the puff pastry but for today we’re just going to focus on the turnovers.  They start with a square of puff pastry.  A dollop of Nutella is spread in the center (15 seconds or so in the microwave makes the Nutella easier to spread) and then topped with a few mini marshmallows.  To finish the turnover, fold the puff pastry over and crimp the edges with a fork – it’s as simple as that. 

Nutella
[Shane wanted me to make sure I gave him credit for serving as my hand model in this shot :) ]

Some of my turnovers popped open in the oven, but regardless of the way they looked, they were all delicious!  The marshmallows almost melt in the oven so you’re just left with a gooey, Nutella-flavored filling in the buttery, flaky puff pastry.  The turnovers were equally yummy warm from the oven and at room temperature.  You could probably even prep them ahead of time, pop them in the freezer and bake them off at your convenience.

Jenny has detailed instructions on her site so head over there to find those, as well as some great photos!