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Raspberry Nutella Gelato

Hazelnut chocolate and raspberries make the perfect combination for this gelato.

I’ll never forget the first time we had gelato. We were in Italy with friends and we knew we would be seeing gelato stands on just about every corner of any town we were visiting. Kind of like Starbucks or back in the day when there was a gas station or beauty shop on just about every corner in our home town.

Well, once we tried gelato, we found ourselves eating it at LEAST once a day if not twice on some days. I loved the little spoons that came along with the gelato. I think my favorite flavor was pistachio. I’m sure between the six of us, we tried just about every flavor offered.

Nutella was also something I had not tried before. While in Italy we were served Nutella for breakfast with crusty breads. Since coming back from Italy I have tried it on top of waffles, made a Nutella Cherry Dumpling, filled won ton wrappers with Nutella (fried, and powdered sugar them), filled strawberries with Nutella but I have never been tempted to just eat it out of the jar with a spoon.

I was watching Giada at Home the other day and she was making Nutella Gelato and I deceided to make my own version. I added in the crushed raspberries just as the ice cream was almost finished churning. I also changed the whipping cream to Half and Half.

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Dessert

Nutella Cherry Dumplings

Life is like a bowl of cherries. 

 

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That was the title of a song sung by Ethel Merman in the movie Scandals in 1931. That is way, way before my time (a few years anyway). You have heard the expression give me lemons and I’ll make lemonade. Well, you give me Nutella and fresh cherries and I’m going to make these little Dumplings.

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This is the perfect time of the year to buy fresh cherries. And if you don’t have a cherry pitter, you really need one. It makes pitting so much quicker. I love pitting cherries. Can’t tell you why I get pleasure out of that but, as the song says “live and laugh at it all”.

Cherries are one of my favorite fruits. I love cherry pie, cherry cobbler, cherry Kool Aid and even Luden’s Cherry Cough Drops. I use to love cherry Tootsie Roll Pops when I was a kid.  Couldn’t wait to get to that chocolatety center.  (Hum, maybe that is why I like these little dumplings so much.) 

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These are so simple to make and only take a few minutes of frying and a dust of powdered sugar.  I tried making one just by folding it over in a half circle but it wasn’t as pretty. I’m going to freezing these before they are fried to see how they do once they are thawed and fried. — Sherry

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Nutella Cherry Dumplings

Ingredients

  • 1 jar of Nutella
  • Fresh Cherries pitted
  • Gyoza Wrappers or wonton wrappers
  • Powdered Sugar for dusting
  • Oil for deep frying

Instructions

  1. Take the Gyoza wrapper or won ton wrapper and lay several out on your cutting board. Put about 1- 1 1/2 tsp. of the Nutella in the center and add about 1 1/2 chopped cherries to the center of the Nutella. If you are using the Gyoza wrapper they are round. Moisten the outer edge with a little water. Pull two sides up to meet and seal, now pull the other two sides up and press to make the little rectangular pouches. After you have several made, heat your oil to 350°. Fry the dumplings until golden brown and then drain on cooling rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve. These would be great with a bowl of cherry or chocolate ice cream.