This weekend I was wandering in Tesco when I noticed that shortcrust pastry is currently on sale. I already had an idea of what I could do with it, so I grabbed it and brought it home. No, not to make a pie- my plan was much less refined.
As everybody knows, shortcrust pastry is made of butter and dreams. And what else is made of dreams? Nutella, of course. So my inspiration was more of a lazy breakfast plan, or, as I like to think of it, another brilliant way to implement Nutella in my diet.
Lazy mornings should be, after all, lazy. Pancakes, big cooked breakfasts…ain’t nobody got time for that. But this recipe is so lazy that you will actually feel a little guilty for not even trying.
The ingredients are, after all, basically 2 (and a half) :
- Shortcrust pastry
- a dash of milk
And making them is even easier:
- Cut a piece of the pastry block and roll it with a rolling pin or with a glass (as I did). If your shortcrust pastry comes in sheets already, skip this step.
- Make cute shapes with the pastry, and fill with Nutella, for example:
- Swirls: make a long and thin rectangle of pastry, and spread the Nutella on half of the long side. Fold in half, and twirl.
- Hearts: carve a first half and spread Nutella in the centre. Place this on another sheet of pastry, Nutella side down. Carve the shape in the second pastry piece, making the heart slightly bigger. With a fork, press down on the edges to close.
3. Brush them with some milk and make a couple of holes with the fork if making stuffed shapes.
4. Optional step: put on some music and dance around the kitchen so everybody will think that you put real effort in this recipe.
5. Bake for 20 minutes at 180C.
The result? They look much better than expected, in the sense that they definitely looked like they took more than the 1 minute and a half I actually spent on them. They looked like something out of a bakery or even (gasp!) out of Pinterest in their simplicity and cuteness. My boyfriend loved them. His flatmates complimented me, asked me how I made them and stole a couple.
After all, we can still be lazy and impress.