Life itself is the proper binge.
– Julia Child
Let me start with the story of how I met Nutella Bruschetta.
I was trying to postpone the inevitable as much as possible – the visit to the dentist. The thought of visiting the dentist and hearing from them the sad state of my teeth is definitely not pleasant. I try to avoid that torture as much as I can. But this one time, there was no way I could avoid the visit and I was forced to go.
The only thing that takes my mind off of the “dread” when I visit the dentist’s office, is the tons and tons of magazines in the waiting room.
Knowingly or unknowingly, I always end up reading food magazines. I love to flip through them, look for food styling ideas, newest food trends etc. I also make mental notes of what I could try next and actually try them out when I am back home. You see, it is a vicious cycle – I am at the dentist’s, I see some recipes in the magazines, I go back home and try them (especially the all-things-sweet type) and before I know, I end up at the dentist’s because of just that.
I guess that was a long prologue; so let’s get into what actually happened.
Anyways, I was flipping through a glossy food magazine and I saw this page with pictures of a variety of bruschettas. What captured my attention were the words “Hazelnut Spread”. Yum!!! Nutella lovers, say Yay!!!
I was just imagining the taste of this Nutella Bruschetta appetizer/dessert and suddenly I was pulled away from my wonderland and brought back to reality 🙁 – the dentist’s assistant was calling out my name. I could neither note down the steps/recipe (I don’t even know whether they had given the recipe) nor the name of the magazine which I was reading.
And when I came out after my appointment, trust me, the Nutella Bruschetta was the last thing on my mind. I just had to get out of the dentist’s office, breathe some fresh air and get rid of the drill sound that was still ringing in my ears.
Anyways, I recovered after a while (if any of you were wondering), and I wanted to recreate that bruschetta at home. I knew my family would love this because we all love “everything-about-Nutella”.
The picture in the magazine had only Mandarin orange slices on the Nutella Bruschetta, but I wanted to make it a bit more colorful. So, I added a raspberry to include the lovely crimson in the dish and oh well, you do know my love for coconut. So, I garnished it with a few roasted coconut flakes along with roasted almond slices.
I did poke around the internet to see if I could find an online edition of the food magazine I read, but I have not been successful so far. I did find another Nutella Berry Bruschetta recipe that uses fresh berries though.
A note on the baguette – I buy the “bake-at-home” multigrain baguette from King Soopers. I bake the baguette early enough so that it has sufficient time to cool down before I start assembling the Nutella Bruschetta. The beauty of this dish is that it is so light that you can serve it as an appetizer, a dessert or even as an after-school snack. Feel free to substitute with slices of your favorite fruit and experiment with garnishes. But don’t forget to tell me your favorite combination.
What are you waiting for? Go, grab that Nutella jar and make some yummy Nutella Bruschettas. If you are bonkers about Nutella, I promise you are going to love this!!
5 minPrep Time
3 minCook Time
8 minTotal Time
- 1 Baguette; sliced into 20 slices or more.
- 1/2 cup Nutella/Hazelnut Spread
- 1-2 tablespoon Butter;softened
- 1 tin Mandarin Oranges; drained(You would need approximately 40 slices)
- 20 Raspberries
- 1-2 teaspoon shredded coconut ; slightly toasted
- 1-2 teaspoon sliced almonds ; slightly toasted
- Mint Leaves
- 1 teaspoon Turbinado Sugar OR any sugar with bigger granules (optional)
- Drain the mandarin oranges from the tin.
- Slice the baguettes as per the desired thickness.
- Apply a little butter on the baguette slices and broil in the oven. Alternatively, you can toast it on a skillet on stove top. If you are broiling in the oven, place the oven rack as close to the top coil of the oven as possible. Broil for a couple of minutes. Keep a watch on the baguette slices since there is chance that they will burn.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool for a while.
- Wash and pat dry the raspberries and mint leaves.
- In a small pan, over medium heat, roast the shredded coconut and sliced almonds till aromatic and slightly brown in color.
- Spread a teaspoon (or more) of Nutella/Hazelnut spread on the toasted baguette slices.
- Place the drained mandarin orange slices and raspberry on each of the slices. Garnish with toasted shredded coconut, sliced almonds and mint leaves. Sprinkle the turbinado sugar.
- Serve immediately.
1. I cannot stress the importance of keeping a watch on the baguette slices if you are using the oven to broil them.
2. The measurements in the recipe are kind of an estimate. You can always do more (or less).
3. Though I have mentioned 1/2 cup of Nutella, I do not transfer the nutella to another cup or container. I just scoop out directly from the jar.