A Nutella Lovers Dream!

Nutella Truffles & Nutella Hot ChocolateNo one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen for hours making Christmas gifts or treats. Want to know a little secret? These incredibly simple, 3 ingredient Nutella truffles will only take you about 10 minutes to make AND they make gorgeous little Christmas gifts!

And how do you reward yourself for your 10 minutes of “back breaking hard work”? A wonderfully indulgent mug of Nutella hot chocolate of course! Oh, and did I mention that both of these sensational delights are naturally vegetarian and gluten free? I know, they’re the gifts that just keep on giving!

Without further ado, here is what you will need to make these beautiful, chocolatey pleasures.

Nutella Truffles

(Makes approx 18-20 – recipe adapted from Urban Bakes.)

  • 180g Nutella
  • 60g Icing Sugar
  • 50g Chopped Roast Hazelnuts

In an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a spatula – beat together the Nutella and icing sugar until you can’t see any more white powder.

Nutella Truffles & Nutella Hot ChocolateRoll into small balls between your palms then roll in chopped hazelnuts to cover. Imagine a spherical 10p coin – that’s the kind of size I went for.

(I honestly wouldn’t make these big as they will be far too sickly – even for the most dedicated Nutella fan!)

Nutella Truffles & Nutella Hot ChocolatePlace the truffles on a lined baking sheet, then the next bit is up to you. You can either eat them as they are at room temperature, or you can pop them in the fridge to firm up. My preference is chilled but it’s entirely up to you.

Nutella Truffles & Nutella Hot ChocolateThen store in an airtight container and consume within a week.

Nutella Truffles & Nutella Hot ChocolateNutella Hot Chocolate

(Serves 2, easily doubled – recipe adapted from Cafe Delites)

  • 600ml Semi Skimmed Milk
  • 1 generous tbsp Nutella
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder *
  • 1 tbsp Honey

* Don’t use chocolate drinking powder as this is already sweetened.

Pour the milk into a saucepan and place over a medium heat. Warm through.

Nutella Truffles & Nutella Hot ChocolateOnce it starts to steam – add in the Nutella, cocoa powder & honey.

Nutella Truffles & Nutella Hot ChocolateBring the mixture to the boil, stirring frequently with a whisk to ensure all the ingredients blend together nicely.

Nutella Truffles & Nutella Hot ChocolateDivide between two mugs and, if you like, top with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate chips or anything that takes your fancy!

(Bear in mind that marshmallows are typically gluten free but not vegetarian.)

Nutella Truffles & Nutella Hot ChocolateI told you they were easy!

Even I was surprised with how simple & quick they both are to make. I will remember these truffles the next time I have zero time to sort a gift! Even if the receiver doesn’t like Nutella – you can get tons of different flavoured chocolate spreads now and you could roll them in anything! Grated chocolate, cocoa powder or even desiccated coconut.

Another surprise for me is how easy it is to make your own home made hot chocolate. I mean – wow. It’s SO much nicer than the stuff you buy at the supermarkets! The flavour possibilities are endless too. So long as it will melt, is a liquid or removable (i.e. a bouquet garni) – you can pretty much put it in hot chocolate. I can’t wait to experiment with this!

I hope you all enjoyed this week’s post my lovelies.

From me, the Mr & the bump – I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

All my love, Miss KitchenMason x

Summer Berry Vodka

Fancy something different to drink at Christmas this year? Why not have a crack at making your own flavoured vodka! It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy. Well actually, you don’t squeeze the lemon – you just use the zest but you get my point!

Here is what you will need to make about 800ml.

  • 300g Pack of Strawberries
  • 125g Pack of Raspberries
  • 1 Lemon, pared zest
  • 200g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Vanilla Pod
  • 70cl Bottle Vodka

Special Equipment

This recipe is adapted from a book I have called Gifts from the Kitchen.

First up, hull and quarter the strawberries and pop them in a large bowl along with the raspberries and the paired zest of the lemon. (The zest cut into strips.)

Halve the vanilla pod and add it to the bowl along with the sugar. Mix well and leave to one side for about 2 hours.

Once the contents of the bowl have started to swim in their own juices, you are ready to jar.

Using a 1 Litre Kilner Jar that has been sterilised, (find out how to do this here) ladle in the contents of the bowl. Then add the vodka, mix really well and seal the lid.

Now to be patient! Store this in the fridge for anywhere between 1 week to a month. It’s the first time I’ve ever made this but I’m guessing it’s like a marinade, the longer you leave it the deeper the flavour. Just be sure to shake it occasionally to ensure the flavours are mixing well.

When you want to use it – strain the vodka through a fine sieve or a piece of muslin and decant into bottles. It will keep in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Summer Berry Vodka

Happy making your own booze-ing!

Miss KitchenMason

Frothy Cocoa Milkshake Thing!

This recipe comes from a book my other half found called Waste Not Want Not. It’s really simple, really quick and really tasty! Here is what you will need to make 4 half pint glasses. (Or 2 pint glasses if you’re feeling greedy!)

  • 10 Large Ice Cubes
  • 500ml Milk
  • 3tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 3 tbsp Honey

Put the ice cubes in a blender and pour the cold milk over the top.

Sprinkle in the cocoa powder followed by the honey. I actually used more than the 3tbsp of honey stated in the recipe as the cocoa powder I used was quite rich and I have quite a sweet tooth!

Then blend on a low to medium to start with, then at top speed until no more ice cubes are visible.

Et vous voila, frothy cocoa milkshake thing!

My other half said that this was lovely (as did I) but would also be good warm… I may have to try this at some point! Obviously minus the  ice cubes.

And there you have it. A really quick & simple pud/drink. And if you used low fat milk… quite a low calorie treat in these horribly diet ridden months following Christmas!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas & New Year!

Miss Kitchen Mason