In fact it was through Nutella that I started to give up stubborn ways and let nuts in to my life, slowly but surely. Yes, it was the whole nut food group that I 'didn't like' (refused to try). I now can't think of any nuts that I will not eat. Peanuts were my big stumbling point and peanut butter still presents a speed bump, but nuts are well and truly in my life - Nutella for breafast, Almond biscotti with coffee, cashews as a pre-gym snackette, salted peanuts before dinner or at a bar (accepted in my food repertoire as late as May the 8th 2013 I believe), nuts scattered on dinner and more Nutella for pudding, ideally just with a spoon. Nuts. Nuts. Nuts. Nom. Nom. Nom.
So yes. Once I read the ingredients list on the off chance a few months ago I wanted to bake these bad boys.
As if that wasn't quite magic enough you mix the remaining caster sugar and some chopped hazelnuts and sprinkle this magic mixture on top of the muffins, which then forms a crackled, sugary crust on top of the muffins. Reflecting back, although the assembly takes longer there is no faffing with icing (or frosting as I should say) and it is very easy - it just takes time to wait for the batter to move and do it's thing.
I could not wait until I took these muffins in to work, so I had to try one on the night. These muffins are probably in my top 3 recipes. They're original, with a delicate sponge, a naughty filling and no frosting to do... and best of all they involve Nutella.
Dissapointingly they don't keep as well as a lot of the other hummingbird recipes as they lose their sugary crust.
I must tell you that Nutella have not endorsed me, sponsored me or bribed me in any way shape or form I just bloody love Nutella!!