These tiny heart shaped nutella bites are sooo good! Tiny little pizza pockets filled with yummy warm chocolate hazlenut nutella… what could possibly go wrong?
I’ve made nutella and ricotta calzones before, and then I thought, how could you possibly make them any cuter? Make them heart shaped! I think they’d be just perfect for a Valentine’s day treat! Not too heavy, super easy to make and …. nutella!
I’m not entirely sure this is a recipe since there are only about five ingredients. Pizza dough, made up of plain flour, yeast, water and a little vegetable oil, and nutella! I dusted the nutella stuffed mini heart calzones with a little icing sugar to make them look fancier. They’d also be great served with chopped strawberries or bananas.
Since you’re making pizza dough for these nutella calzones, you should probably just make a whole big batch and have delicious homemade pizza followed by delicious homemade nutella calzones. Pizza followed by sweet pizza? Definitely my ideal meal. Hey, I have been known to order garlic pizza bread followed by pizza for dinner (I’m not talking one time!).
Don’t be scared of making your own pizza dough! It couldn’t be easier and it is so worthwhile. Your life will be changed forever once you can make amazingly good pizza at home. I made a big batch of dough when I made these nutella hearts, and used some of it to make garlic bread in my cast iron skillet. I’d really recommend getting a cast iron skillet for pizza/garlic bread – they have them in TK Maxx/Homesense and they give your pizza a perfectly crispy bottom (I can’t stand a soggy bottom). Just remember not to touch your skillet handle after its been in the oven…
- 7g (1 sachet) dried yeast
- 180ml / 3/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 50ml vegetable oil
- 300g / 2 cups plain flour
- nutella - about 1 tsp per heart calzone
- nutella or other hazlenut spread
- In a large bowl, or in a stand mixer, combine the flour, yeast, salt and sugar and stir. Slowly add the warm water and the vegetable oil until the mixture is wet enough to come together into a dough. Knead, either by hand or using the dough hook for about 3-4 minutes. The dough should be soft, smooth, and spring.
- Pop the dough into a bowl that's been oiled with vegetable oil, and leave it to rise in a warm place - near a radiator or in the airing cupboard is ideal in the winter. After approx 45 minutes, it should have doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 220c/gas mark 7/425f and prepare 2 large baking sheets and your nutella (if it's cold it might be a little stiff, so get it nice and runny by microwaving it for about 30 seconds, but make sure you've removed all of the gold foil from the lid beforehand!).
- Start by cutting your dough into two portions so that it's more manageable to roll out, then roll out the first portion on a very well floured work surface. The key is to keep the dough moving all the time, roll, rotate, sprinkle with flour, turn over, so that both sides are floured and not sticking at all times. Keep rolling until your dough is about 4/5mm thick, and then start cutting out heart shapes with a cookie cutter. Place them down onto your baking sheets, remembering that you'll need two for each calzone.
- Next, use two teaspoons to dollop nutella into the centre of each heart. Pop another heart on top, and then use a fork to crimp the edges shut. Bake in the oven for no more than 8-10 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before tucking in (unless vanilla ice cream is involved) - the core will be molten!
I think you’ll be in your valentine’s good books for about the whole of 2015 if you make her or him these on Saturday…
I’ve entered these nutella-stuffed hearts into the February Treat Petite challenge!