Every now and then I am in the mood for something quick and easy to make for dessert. This Italian treat combines a few of my favorite ingredients and was inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis.
Most of the recipes I like best are easy and don’t really need a specific recipe. This is why I don’t bake much. Don’t get me wrong, I like to bake but if I don’t have to… that’s a bonus!
This is also a perfect dessert for entertaining, as you can adjust how many you need with minimal effort. This recipe is designed to make 2 servings.
You will need:
Loaf of good bread either Ciabatta or a Tuscan Loaf
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice loaf on the diagonal about 1/2 inch think. Discard the first few slices as these are not large enough to use. (I use one slice per person, but if you are feeling really indulgent you can use more to your taste.)
Arrange 2 slices on a baking sheet and bake in oven for about 10-15 minutes. You really just want them to be a little crunchy and golden brown.
Meanwhile, slice about 5-6 large strawberries. When the bread comes out of the oven, set the oven to broiler. Spread a generous portion of Nutella on each slice of bread. It will start to melt.
Arrange strawberries on top of Nutella. Sprinkle granulated sugar on top of the strawberries. Don’t skimp – you need a good amount.
At this point, you can either caramelize the sugar using a small kitchen blow torch, or put them back under the broiler to do the job. The edges may get a little dark and crispy, but that is fine. If you use the broiler, you have less control, so make sure you watch them carefully – they will burn easily!
Serve these with coffee, espresso or a good dessert wine, like Vin Santo.