Friday, August 22, 2014

Nutella and Coconut Pralines

You won't believe how quick and easy is to prepare this no-bake dessert. 
Deliciously nutty and chocolaty. And look at the list, only 4 ingredients!!

Last night I made the fettuccine with mascarpone and prosciutto for dinner. If you haven't tried it yet, it's really fast, easy and delicious! For that recipe I only used half of the mascarpone cheese I bought, so today I wanted to finish the rest of the container before it spoils. And here is what I did:  I mixed the mascarpone with some crumbled cookies, a bit of shredded coconut and some delicious nutella, and voila': dessert for tonight is ready!!
You will see that this recipe is similar to the other coconut pralines I've already posted. At least the finished product looks the same. But today's recipe uses mascarpone cheese and nutella. While the other pralines are made with ricotta cheese and cocoa. Both deliciously good. These are probably my favorite though, a little sweeter, nutty and chocolaty. And you can really taste the nutella. As you might know: I adore nutella! I can eat it with anything: spread on bread or crackers, on top of crepes or pancakes, sprinkled over ice-cream or yogurt... or just plain nutella. All by itself! Sure, why not?!?
My only mistake today: I have not made enough of these pralines. So I will have to run out to the store and buy some more mascarpone and prepare another batch :-)
Ingredients: to make about 16 pralines                Printable Recipe

  • 3 oz (85 gr) of cookies (10 petit beurre cookies or similar)
  • 8 oz (113 gr) of mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of nutella
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut

Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus 1 hour to chill

Step 1: Crumble the cookies, using a food processor or, like I did, by placing the cookies in a ziplock bag and crushing them, using a cup, a rolling pin... anything works really!
Step 2: In a large bowl, mix together the crumbled cookies, the mascarpone cheese, the nutella and 1/4 cup of shredded coconut. We will use the rest of the coconut in the next step.
Step 3: Roll small balls (about 1 tablespoon each) with your hand and roll them around in the shredded coconut.
Let chill for one hour or more. I doubt it, but if there are any leftovers, remember to store them in the refrigerator.
Enjoy :-)

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