Friday, March 11, 2011

Cinnamon Nutella Gelato with Biscuits & Caramel Corn

Before all the choices of easy bake cinnamon rolls lined shelves, I remember when my parents used to take pre-made buttermilk biscuit dough, dip it in melted butter and then dredge through a cinnamon and sugar mixture and bake them.  They were my favorite and we always got them on special holidays for breakfast like Thanksgiving and Christmas. 



The reason I came upon this dessert is I was craving these little cinnamon biscuits from my childhood and I was also trying to find a creative idea for a dessert on Oscar awards night. I broke out my Ciao Bella gelato cookbook and made some vanilla gelato and added 2 tsp of cinnamon. After that I made my favorite recipe for caramel corn. It's fast and easy. 

Then I went to work. 

Once the gelato was in the ice cream maker and almost finished freezing I decided to drizzle 5 tbsp of Nutella into it.  Let's just say that everyone was quiet when they ate their dessert. The flakiness of the biscuits with the cinnamon Nutella gelato and the sweet and saltiness of the popcorn just made for a fun dessert with a small nod to my childhood. 





Caramel Corn
8 cups popped popcorn
 (I combine 1/3 cup kernels plus 1 tbsp of olive oil in a saucepan - pop on med high heat until the kernels start popping quickly - gradually reduce heat slowly until kernels stop)
3/4 packed brown sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter
3 tbsp corn syrup
1/4 baking soda

Place popped popcorn in a greased large bowl. In saucepan melt butter and add corn syrup and brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat to boiling. About 4 minutes (thermometer will will register 255 degrees) Hard Ball stage. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in baking soda. It will bubble up and look light and fluffy. Pour over the popcorn and mix with a spatula.

12 comments:

  1. Whoa. This is like the best breakfast dessert - the caramel corn is a keeper - could see this as being completely addictive.

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  2. This has got me drooling!! Totally outrageous flavors going on!

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  3. I am in love with everything on this plate. Fantastic bunch of recipes!

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  4. Gelato, nutella, biscuits... oh my word... brilliant! I love it!

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  5. Oh my goodness that is the like holy trinity right there!

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  6. Love that you used caramel corn as a dessert topping!!

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  7. Awww - love that your parents would make those for you. And I bet you still love to make those favorites from your childhood.
    This is just a cute idea. What's not to love? That gelato on top -Mmmmm.

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  8. Oh my! This sounds and looks amazing! What a great mix of textures and tastes. Yum--now I want one for breakfast.
    :)

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  9. wonderful presentation!!
    I, too, remember the biscuits as you mentioned.
    Have you submitted this post to the BELLAnutella site? You should!
    Here's the link:
    http://bellanutella.com/nutella-showcase/

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  10. That looks so delicious! I could sure have one now!

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