Nutella Strawberry Hand Pies

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Our love affair with Nutella is going strong. Today I decided to up the ante a little and bake something with Nutella. I finally picked some strawberries which were enticing me from atop the fruit counter in the local supermarket for quite some time. The daughter has been seeing strawberries only in her picture book and so was delighted when she could actually touch one. Simple pleasures!

I got this amazing recipe and decided to go for it. So here’s how we did it –

WHAT WE NEED ( for 10-12 pies)

For the dough:

1 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

1/4 cup cold sour cream

For the filling:

1/3 cup Nutella

1 cup diced strawberries

1 teaspoons all-purpose flour

2 tbsp milk

WHAT TO DO

  • To make the dough whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Add the cubed butter to the bowl and use your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture is the consistency of wet sand.
  • Stir in the sour cream and then turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface.
  • Knead the dough a few times until it comes together. Roll the dough into a rectangle and dust both sides with flour before folding it into thirds
  • Rotate the dough 90º and roll it out again into a rectangle. Fold the dough again into thirds then wrap it securely in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for an hour.

  • For the filling, combine the diced strawberries with the flour, tossing to combine. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator and unfold it onto a well-floured surface, rolling it out to a large square
  • Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter or cup, cut out as many circles as possible. Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting out circles until you run out of dough, ensuring you end up with an even number of circles.
  • Place six of the dough circles on a cookie sheet or baking tray. Spread a portion of the Nutella in the centers of half of the dough circles leaving a 1/4-inch border around the edges. Spoon a small portion of the strawberries atop the Nutella. Place a second dough circle atop each filled circle then use a fork to stick the edges together, sealing each pie.
  • Brush each pie with the milk, and poke a few holes with a fork on the top of each pie.
  • Repeat the filling and baking process with the remaining dough circles

  • Bake the pies for about 12-14 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
  • Remove the pies from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving. .

NOTES

  1. If the dough is too firm to work with after refrigerating, allow it to sit at room temperature for 5-7 minutes before cutting out the circular shapes.
  2. You can also use egg wash instead of the milk to brush on the pies

This is my entry for Blogging Marathon 55 under Nutella Galore!


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Strawberry Jam Muffin Tragedy

Suddenly, I had a craving for strawberry muffins. I hunted for strawberries for almost a week but could not find good ones anywhere near home. Finally I found this recipe and settled on the next to best option. It was simple and the pictures looked delicious. But unfortunately the power at home decided to play truant at the exact time it should not, while baking. The muffin tray was larger than my pressure cooker and so I could do nothing to salvage it. Only silver lining was that the power went out almost at the end and so the muffin was cooked but sank. The husband and I did lick off the last crumbs of the muffin because it was totally yummy. I should try it again soon….or maybe with blueberry jam this time! I did make a few changes to the recipe, as always. So here is mine –

INGREDIENTS

Almond Flour / Plain Flour                      1 Cup

Sugar                                                      1/2 Cup

Strawberry Jam                                      1/4 Cup

Buttermilk                                                1/4 Cup

Egg, beaten                                             1

Baking Soda                                            1/2 tsp

Cinnamon                                                1/2 tsp

Nutmeg                                                    1/2 tsp

Salt                                                           1/4 tsp

Oil                                                             1/4 Cup

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 180C

2. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and keep aside

Almond powder starw muff

3. Mix the egg, oil and buttermilk

Wet mix str muff

4. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients

5. Add the strawberry jam and mix well

Final mix str muff

6. Pour the batter into a greased muffin tray and bake for 20 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean

str muff in tray

NOTES

1. The recipe calls for plain flour. But I had some coarsely ground almonds which I needed to use. The texture was crumbly but the richness of almond with the sweetness of the strawberry jam tasted good

Happy Baking!