Macrina Bakery

A few days ago, I was looking through old pictures and happened to find ones taken from when I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Naturally, I started to miss Italy and became quite nostalgic as memories started to surface about the good times I had there, the beautiful culture and especially, the food.

One of my favorite parts of Italy was the many bakeries that dotted the sides of the streets. As I started to become reminded of the bakeries, I decided that I needed to visit one and had the chance to do so this past weekend.

A friend and I chose to go to Macrina Bakery in Queen Anne where I splurged and ordered a Nutella Brioche (totally fitting because Italians are smitten with nutella!). I absolutely loved the buttery taste of the bread combined with the rich nutella. I will say, I became full very fast, but I am definitely looking forward to my next visit soon!

Props to Macrina Bakery for giving me a totally delectable goody this past Saturday, it was the perfect start to the day!



Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

I feel pretty confident to state that most people consider peanuts or peanut butter as the “go-to” nut item to implement into a dessert (especially desserts containing chocolate). Peanut butter cookies, peanut butter pie, and peanut butter and fudge brownies are just a few examples of classic dessert items that have morphed into something different with the addition of nuts. Unfortunately for me, my doctors found that I have a slight allergic skin reaction to peanuts. So, now I have to find different ways to satisfy my cravings for peanut butter or peanut-flavored desserts.

Luckily for me, I was introduced to Nutella two summers ago when I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Instead of peanuts/peanut butter, Italians literally go “nuts” for Nutella. Now, I realize that was an awful pun, but it is completely true. And, just like them, I developed a deep love for Nutella as well.

So, this past weekend, I became elated when a friend and I saw a recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies in Ina Garten’s cookbook titled  How Easy is That? So, to get us into the Holiday spirit, we put on some Christmas music and substituted normal cookie cutters for Christmas themed cookie cutters while baking.

Step 1: Toast Hazelnuts

Step 2: Cream Butter and Sugar, Add
Flour Mixture and Toasted Hazelnuts

Step 3: Chill Dough, Roll Dough, Cut Dough

Step 4: Bake Dough

Step 4: Spread Nutella, Put Together,
Sprinkle Powdered Sugar

I’m glad that my love for Nutella has returned this Holiday season. But, not only did these serve as perfect Christmas Cookies, but they can be made year-round as a perfect chocolate-y treat!