In its fourth year, No Cookie Left Behind is holding a bake sale Sunday, June 13th, from 2-5 p.m. at Scoops Gelato to raise money for Share Our Strength, an organization helping to eradicate childhood hunger. And the folks at No Cookie Left Behind have a few tricks up their sleeves. Among them, a raffle with the chance to win a tour of the set of Glee (by one of its producers), and a visit from the Frysmith truck. Among the several bakers volunteering for this event, Heather Taylor, author of Huffington Post's Chef Speak, is baking nutella cupcakes, with a recipe from San Francisco baker Shauna Sever. For the recipe, turn the page.
From: Shauna Sever of Piece of Cake Blog.
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup sugar
8 ounces Nutella
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
3. Whisk together the flour and salt and set aside.
4. With an electric mixer in a medium bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and beat until well-blended.
5. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy and pale in color.
6. Beat in the Nutella until well-incorporated, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl while beating.
7. Add the eggs and beat until smooth. On low speed, beat in half the flour mixture just until it beings to disappear into the batter.
8. Beat in the milk.
9. Fold in the remainder of the flour mixture by hand until the batter is smooth.
10. Pour the batter into the muffin cups, filling them no more than 1/2 full.
11. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs--if in doubt, pull them from the oven a bit early--do not over bake. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
For the ganache:
3 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts, for garnish
1. Place the chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stopping to stir after each interval, until the mixture is shiny and smooth.
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2. Stir in the vanilla.
3. When the cupcakes are completely cool, using a spoon, top each one with about two teaspoons of the ganache, and with the back of the spoon coax it as close to the edges as possible without letting it drip down the sides.
4. Sprinkle on a bit of the chopped hazelnuts.
5. Let the ganache set before storing in an airtight container at room temperature overnight--these cupcakes truly taste better the next day.