Monday, February 6, 2012

Nutella Raspberry Meringue Bars

Good Monday morning to all. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy lives to stop and read this blog. A warm welcome to my new followers. I am so glad that you are here. I hope that you find the information
posted here useful.

Not sure what happen here.  Blogger attached this to my Sunday post.  I copied it to a PDF, deleted the post, and pasted into a new editor.  I then had to adjust the lines of text.  Even though the editor shows that they are OK, there seems to be this weird spacing.  Enjoy the recipe anyway.


When I was thinking about making something with Nutella, I thought of some things I liked: Nutella, of course;
raspberries certainly; hazelnuts, sure.  So, with a nod to World Nutella Day,  which was Sunday, I offer up Nutella Raspberry Meringue Bars. This is a somewhat shortcake-like base with a layer of Nutella, covered with a layer of raspberry jam, and topped with hazelnuts in meringue.

This recipe uses eggs that are separated with the whites then being beaten. Eggs separate easier if they are cold, so separate the eggs and let the yolks and whites come to warm temperature. This take about 30 minutes. If you are in a hurry, the containers that the eggs are in can be set in some warm water.

Before I get to the recipe, I want to say a few words in praise of the off-set spatula.


If you do not have one of these handy little gadgets, spend a few dollars and buy one. They will change your life in the kitchen.  This one is about a 4-inch size which I find so handy I don’t know what I would do without it. It was a very important tool in make these cookies. An off-set spatula gives you control that you cannot get with a regular metal or rubber spatula.

Now, on to the cookie recipe.

Nutella Raspberry Meringue Bars
2 eggs, separated and brought to room temperature
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. Nutella (or more if desired)
1 c. raspberry jam (or more if desired)
1/8 t. cream of tartar
2/3 c. sugar
2 T. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 c. chopped hazelnuts, toasted

In a large bowl combine flour and brown sugar. With a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles
fine crumbs. Add egg yolks and continue cutting in until mixture again resembles fine crumbs. Press mixture
into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees 15 minutes until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes.

Turn measured-out Nutella into the center of the baked crust. As Nutella softens and melts spread with offset
spatula from the center to the edges of the baked base. Let stand 10 minutes.

Measure jam into a glass measuring cup. Place in microwave and microwave 15-30 seconds to soften jam
slightly. Stir. Turn out into center of the Nutella topped base and spread with off-set spatula from the
center to the edges of the Nutella covered base.

While base is cooling, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric mixer until soft mounds form.
Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in flour, vanilla, and hazelnuts. Spread
meringue on top of jam layer. Return to oven and bake 10-15 minutes more until meringue is light brown.
Remove from oven and cool on wire rack. Cut into squares with a wet knife. These are very rich so you may
want to cut them small. Makes about 36.


4 comments:

  1. Mmmm....you had me at Nutella. These look fabulous! Would be delighted for you to link this up at Mop It Up Mondays: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/02/mop-it-up-mondays-party-2.html
    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  2. Sounds delicious, I love nutella, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Oh Loy! It's bedtime for me...I just now saw these...AND I WANT ONE...NOW! They look divine. I love nutella and raspberry jam...put them together and it's got to be heavenly! Thanks for sharing....I don't have an offset spatula either...but will be looking for one soon. Appreciate all the wisdom and ideas you share.

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  4. Will have to give these a try using strawberry jam in place of raspberry jam and see how they turn out. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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