If you like Nutella (are there people who don’t?), but want to try a higher-end version, consider giving Slitti’s Nocciolata a try. I bought some a couple years ago and have been hoarding it. This year, while counting my blessings, I realized that this is the kind of stuff that needs to be used, so I recently made a Danish pastry braid, and filled it with this lovely chocolate nut paste.
I revisited the Danish dough by Sherry Yard from a Daring Bakers Challenge earlier this year, and it worked out wonderfully. My braid that time turned out looking a lot better than my braid this time, but I attribute that to the usual harried mental state that so often accompanies Christmas and New Year’s at my house. The one thing you should leave out of the dough recipe is the cardamom; while the orange goes wonderfully with the Nocciolata, the cardamom clashes a bit.
Happy New Year, everyone, and may 2009 bring you health, wealth, and happiness, and the time to enjoy them all!
To see what other bakers have been making with yeast, check out Susan’s Yeastspotting every Friday for her roundup!