Sunday, September 23, 2012

Roasted Hazelnut Nutella Roulade



I like to use the fall season as an excuse to eat an exorbitant amount of nuts. I also count nut spreads as nuts, which means that a steady stream of nutella is always flowing through my veins from September to November. Because I am eating so much nutella, I wanted to diversify and do something with it other than spreading it on a piece of toast. I remembered that I had some hazelnuts from a few months back in a plastic baggie stuffed into one of my cabinets, and I had heard that wondrous things happen to hazelnuts when you roast them, but hadn't experienced this magic firsthand. So, on went the oven and in went the hazelnuts. Eight minutes later, the warm chestnut color had turned to a dark purplish brown and the skins had cracked open slightly, revealing the tanned hazelnuts underneath. The smell was overwhelmingly nutty and rich. I popped a few in my mouth and contemplated eating them all at once and sending my roulade idea straight to mordor, but instead I put them in a plastic baggie and smashed them to bits with my meat tenderizer mallet. (There, that will take care of those dangerous thoughts!) Then I made a hazelnut-flavored roulade cake and rolled it up with the nutella, the crushed roasted hazelnuts, and some cocoa powder mixed with powdered sugar. The result was something that looked like a yule log and tasted like an autumny nut heaven. If you enjoy nuts, hazelnuts, chocolate, and/or cake, then this is a must-make for the fall season. Seriously you guys, if you bring this to a dinner party people will love you.



Ingredients:

3 Eggs, at room temperature
1 Cup Nutella
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 Cup Cream
3/4 Cup Flour
1/3 Cup Hazelnuts
2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Hazelnut Extract
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Salt


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Evenly spread out the hazelnuts on a small metal pan and roast in the oven for 8 minutes, or until the outside darkens and the visible hazelnut skin looks slightly tan. Remove from oven, lower the oven's heat to 375, and set the hazelnuts aside.


In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until completely combined. Set aside. In an electric mixer beat together the eggs and sugar with a paddle attachment at medium speed for about 3 minutes. Lower the speed and alternate between adding the cream and the dry ingredient mixture until it is just barely mixed. Then turn off the mixer and stir in the hazelnut extract by hand with a rubber spatula.Pour the cake batter into a 13 x 18 x 1 inch sheet pan lined with greased and lightly floured parchment paper. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until cooked and springy to the touch.


While the cake is baking, place the hazelnuts in a plastic baggie, seal it, and crush them with a meat tenderizer. Set aside. Then lay out a clean dish towel and sift the powdered sugar and cocoa powder over it evenly.


When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and immediately invert it directly onto the towel. Gently roll it up with the fabric and set it on a wire rack to cool.


Once cooled, unwrap it and frost the top of the cake with the nutella, then sprinkle the crushed hazelnuts over it. Roll up the cake without the fabric and serve immediately.






27 comments:

  1. Love the moody pictures. Roulade with nutella in it, absolute yumminess!

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    1. Aww thanks! It was pretty nutella-tastic.

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  2. this is gorgeous. the photos are just transporting me to a gorgeous hazelnutty kitchen, simply HAVE to make this this weekend!

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  3. Oh my this is simply stunning - I am in love with your food styling, props and Blog!
    I think I am addicted to your posts :)

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  4. This looks so unbelievably squidgy - yum!

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  6. Absolutely amazing!! I anxiously wait for your post each week. I can almost smell the sweet aromo filling my home as I look over each wonderfully composed photo and read the recipes over and over again. Simply delightful...already looking forward to the next recipe and exceptional photography. Glory...well done!

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  7. I've just shared this amazing recipe on my blog... it's OMG!!!!
    I truly admire your amazing and oh so creative work! Bravo!
    You rock!

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  8. E' meraviglioso
    complimenti
    ciao Stefania

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  9. OH !!! This looks so good and "seems" pretty enough to do!! Do you have a FB for your blog yet?

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    1. Thank you! And yes I do, the link is on the large "f" in the right hand side banner.

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  10. This is such a great recipe! I adapted it to be a marmalade roulade since I had at least two jars left over from Halloween, and it was delicious! Next time I'll make the original Nutella recipe. :) Thanks for sharing! - Rose

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    1. So happy you enjoyed it Rose! I will have to try it with a marmalade soon, that sounds delicious, especially with the powdered sugar sprinkled on top :)

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  11. Does this have to be served immediately? What if you put it in the fridge, would it be hard to cut through due to the nutella?

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    1. You can refrigerate it covered in plastic wrap, but you should let it warm up to room temperature for an hour before serving because, as you said, the nutella would get hard, and you want it to be nice and soft when serving :)

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    2. Thank you! Looking forward to trying this out!

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  12. Hi Eva, it appears that most other swiss roll recipes don't add baking powder or baking soda. Did you add it to make the cake more spongey? Can you let me know if this is ends being more of a sponge cake or a denser cake? Thank you.

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    1. Hi! I did indeed use it to make the cake more spongey, it is definitely a fluffier cake in texture but still tastes quite rich because of the cream :)

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  13. Really liked this recipe. Never having baked cakes before, this will be my first, I was wondering if you used cake flour or all-purpose flour. Would it make a difference to the final result?

    Also, after roasting the hazelnuts did you skin them?

    Thanks

    g

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    1. Hi George! I always use King Arthur Flour's Bread Flour because it has a slightly higher protein content than their all-purpose line and makes for great browning. And I left the skins on :)Best of luck with the roulade! You will really enjoy it, it's quite a tasty one!

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