Are you tired of the usual classic Christmas desserts? Why don’t you consider a treat that blends decadence with simplicity: the exquisite Nutella baguette with fresh strawberries?
Needless to say, the combination of Nutella and strawberries promises nothing short of perfection. So, bring forth the spirit of the holiday season with something different yet incredibly delectable.
Oh, Nutella! The Iconic Chocolate Hazelnut Spread that Ignites Happiness
Nutella… that incredible, velvety, hazelnut and cocoa spread…
It was created in 1964 by the Italian company Ferrero and has since become a global phenomenon.
Known as “hazelnut cream” in some countries, this hazelnut and chocolate spread is often used for breakfast to spread on toast, sweet crepes, pancakes, or waffles, and for desserts like cookies, cakes, and ice cream.
Nutella is made with a combination of:
- Roasted Hazelnuts: Hazelnuts are a significant part of this spread. They give it its distinct nutty flavor and creamy consistency.
- Cocoa: The responsible for the rich chocolatey taste that blends so wonderfully with the hazelnuts.
- Sugar: It plays a major role (as you might expect) since it provides sweetness to the spread. Depending on the location of production, ingredient availability, or manufacturing processes, Ferrero may use either beet or refined cane sugar.
- Skimmed Milk Powder: This ingredient contributes to the creamy texture and adds a touch of milkiness to the hazelnut paste.
- Palm Oil: It’s used as a fat source in Nutella, aiding in its smoothness and spreadability.
Nutella Baguette and Fresh Strawberries Recipe: The Homemade Treat for this Holidays
This dessert is perfect for a fun holiday activity with your family, especially as part of your baking traditions during Christmas time.
Enjoy the combination of warm, crusty bread, creamy Nutella, and the freshness of strawberries with this easy recipe!
- 1 French baguette, freshly baked
- Nutella spread
- Fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced
- Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)
- Mint leaves for garnish (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and place the French baguette on a baking sheet.
- Warm it in the oven for about 5 minutes to achieve a slightly crispy exterior while keeping the inside soft and fluffy.
- Remove the baguette from the oven and slice it lengthwise carefully to create a top and bottom half.
- Spread a generous amount of Nutella evenly onto both halves of the warm baguette. Ensure the Nutella reaches the edges.
- Then, layer the sliced strawberries over the Nutella-covered baguette. Distribute them evenly to ensure every bite has the combination of flavors.
- Sprinkle a light dusting of powdered sugar over the strawberries.
- Cut the baguette into individual portions.
- Garnish the plated Nutella baguette with a sprig of fresh mint.
- Serve your homemade dessert immediately, while the baguette is still warm and the Nutella is slightly melted.
Decorative Presentation and Festive Serving Suggestions for Your Nutella Baguette
Incorporate these decorative touches and serving suggestions to transform your Nutella baguette with strawberries into a stunning dessert that adds a touch of holiday charm to your table:
Powdered Sugar Snow
Dust a gentle flurry of powdered sugar over the Nutella baguette to mimic a snowy effect and evoke a wintry ambiance that resonates with the holiday spirit.
You can use a sifter to sprinkle the powdered sugar over the baguette.
Red and Green Sprinkles
Add a sprinkle of red and green confectionery to provide a burst of Christmas colors to your baguette.
These vibrant hues complement the chocolatey tones and the red strawberries, creating a stunning presentation.
Edible Glitter Dust
Dust the baguette with edible glitter or sparkle dust to add a subtle shimmer and make it sparkle and shine like a holiday ornament.
Holiday-Themed Platter or Tray
Present your Nutella baguette on a holiday-themed platter or decorative serving tray with festive motifs such as holly leaves or snowflakes.
This will enhance the overall holiday aesthetic and make it an appealing centerpiece for your dessert table.
Creative Plating Ideas
Arrange the baguette slices artistically on the platter, surrounding them with fresh strawberries (or other seasonal fruits.)
For an elegant finish, place a small cluster of holly leaves at the edges of the platter to add color and holiday flair.
The Art of Variation: Nutella Baguette’s Flavorful Alternatives
The exquisite combination of this creamy spread and strawberries unveils a spectrum of delicious desserts.
Hence, also take into account these fantastic variations:
French Toast with Nutella and Strawberries
Turn breakfast into a celebration by preparing French toast with this delicious spread and strawberries.
A warm toast slathered with creamy Nutella and topped with sliced strawberries is the perfect start to any festive day.
Pancakes with Nutella and Strawberries
Drizzle your pancakes with hazelnut cream and warm maple syrup, sprinkle some chopped nuts and, then, adorn them with fresh strawberries.
The combination of fluffy pancakes, velvety spread, crunchy nuts, and sweet strawberries will be irresistible.
Nutella and Strawberry Crepes
Create perfect treats for both breakfasts and desserts with thin crepes enveloping a luscious filling of piece of heaven and fresh strawberries (sliced or macerated.)
You can fold the crepes into triangles and sprinkle them with powdered sugar. Add a dollop of whipped cream for extra decadence!
Nutella and Strawberry Cake
If you’re seeking a grand dessert centerpiece, this cake is for you– Layers of moist cake filled with Nutella and adorned with fresh strawberry or strawberry compote.
For a picture-perfect dessert, you can frost the cake with whipped cream and decorate with some strawberries.
Nutella and Strawberry Smoothie
Blend up a frosty delight with creamy Nutella, ripe strawberries, milk, and ice. You can add a touch of banana for extra creaminess.
This refreshing beverage serves as a great accompaniment to complement your desserts or enjoy it on the go.
Christmas Bliss with Nutella Baguette and Fresh Strawberries
The beloved and popular hazelnut spread, paired with a simple baguette and fresh strawberries, can create the most fascinating dessert for this holiday season.
Utterly delicious yet simple to prepare, it stands as an excellent choice for festive celebrations.
This Christmas, let us embrace the sweetness of life with this delightful dessert gracing our tables!