Monday, August 6, 2012

Nutella Banana Cupcakes

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You have read correctly! I have been in Paris for a mere month and I have already been absorbed by one of their most used and abused ingredients! Nutella. If you have ever walked past a crepe shop then you must have seen the number of combinations these guys can pair with this chocolately hazelnut treat.

For anyone who is not completely up to speed on what a crepe is, I’ll give you a little crash course. Basically on every street in Paris you can find signs like this:

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Crepes come in both forms of “Sucrees” and “Savory”, otherwise known as dessert or dinner crepes. They are basically very thin, large pancakes that they make right in front of you. Once both sides have hit the heat, they spread the ingredients of choice on top and then fold it together into a triangle shape for easy eating while on the go.

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So far my obsession has fallen squarely on the Nutella Banana option, and I don’t see that changing any time soon! But I had to ask myself, if I am going to make a go of it with a cupcake shop here in Paris, could I do justice to converting a Parisian staple into an American cupcake? I think so!

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It began in the way that all of my new recipes do. With pencil and paper.

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I broke out all of the main characters, and then made adjustments as I went along.

I will note that it is a significantly different experience baking in my new “galley style” kitchen than it was when I could bask in the open space of the kitchen back back in Virginia. Though it’s not a bad thing working in this kitchen, as it forces me to be a lot more organized going in to it and makes me clean up as I go!

After a short bit of time finding all the right tools scattered about our kitchen, the first batch of cupcakes for Bertie’s Bakery in Paris were ready to take the oven!

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You will noticed that I ultimately decided against using the Nutella in the cupcake batter itself since I think it would have made the cake quite thick. This is not to say in the future, I would not go for a thicker, solo themed Nutella cupcake, but for now I wanted a lighter cake. So for this reason, I went with a banana cake and focused the Nutella aspect on the buttercream.

This was a good idea!

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Believe me, the Nutella supply in Paris might just be in danger of a shortage. This might just be the best buttercream produced in  my kitchen! I might have to have a show down between my Mexican Chocolate buttercream and this new Nutella buttercream!

Thanks for everyone’s patience while I have settled in over the summer. It has been a crazy schedule to say the least, but I am finally feeling like I have found my place in my new home. There is soon to be a stream of baked goods back on the Bertie’s Bakery horizon!

And as an FYI to any Paris locals, I am looking for taste testers so if your interested let me know!

12 comments:

clo*bee said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Random question from a long-time silent reader and former neighbor... did your kitchen electronics make the move with you to Europe? If so, did it go well?

M said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

those look amazing! can't go wrong with nutella. we miss being your taste testers! :(

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love Paris. One of my favorite cities. And Nutella, awesome!

Danielle in Iowa in Ireland said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Aw man, I'd be tempted to jump over from Eire just to be a taste tester :-)

Paula said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I don't think you will have any trouble finding willing taste testers! Good luck with you endeavors in Paris, hope they all turn out as wonderful as these cupcakes.

Alli said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yum...sounds very delicious. Glad to hear you're settling in well, perhaps it is time I shoot you an email :)

Liz said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I would gladly fly to Paris to be your taste tester! Actually, I'll be your bakery assistant! Reading these posts makes me want to go back to Paris, I feel like there is so much more for me to explore there (you know, besides the Tour de France and the Eiffel Tower!).

Love the Nutella/banana combo -- the cupcake looks so light and fluffy.

Tristan said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Just to give you a Nutella overload:

http://www.lesfoodies.com/recettes/Nutella (627!)

And they are all in french, tasty way to learn the language ;)

Also, on the crêpes with Nutella side: you MUST have a glass of icecold milk with that. Hot pancake with Nutella and cold milk = killer combo!

Also nice and very easy to make: crôque Nutella (instead of the crôque Monsieur/Madame/Hawai/...) White bread, Nutella on both slices, banana in the middle, close the bunch and toss in a hot pan with enough butter, bake on both sides. And a glass of cold milk as a bonus!

eattravel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm moving to the European continent soon so I have to ask: how did you get your stand mixers to work in the euro plug? I would think they would draw too much power for a converter.

bakery recipes said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Before visiting this post i didn't knew what Crepes were...Nutella seems very delicious too!And the cup cakes shown in this post are very well prepared.I am tempted towards them.

bleungcf1ocn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Any chance for recipes for both the cupcakes and icing? :D

Ella Robinson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How delicious! thanks a lot for sharing the recipe :)

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