So after being teased by my cousin to come up with a great dessert (he follows what's cooking ella on facebook, so knows what I cook) I went about trying to find something that would be nice.
Well the first time I made this, I liked it, however it was far sweeter than I like my desserts. So after tweaking it a bit, I think I have come up with a dessert that suits everyone, not just coeliacs.
I have adjusted the amount of sugar that goes into the base and the meringue, so they are no longer sweet. I find if you add the 3/4 cup Nutella, this dessert is still sweet for me, so for my own personal taste I would put less, but if you are a true Nutella fan, you probably won't mind it.
Anyway I think this dessert looks great, the dark base and filling with the white meringue, looks amazing.
The base is slightly chewy, when you put it to bake, you would never guess it will set, but it does, perfectly. You really should like hazelnuts though, as the base does have a hazelnut flavour.
The meringue is light and fluffy, I really love meringue.
I have also made this in a slightly smaller slice pan, it worked just fine, the base was slightly thicker. Because it was thicker I baked it for 25 minutes.
This keeps well in the refrigerator, so can be made in advance.
125g unsalted butter, melted
100g brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g White Wings gluten free self raising flour
60g hazelnut meal
2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
1/2-3/4 cup Nutella
3 egg whites
1/2 cup caster sugar
Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Grease and line with baking paper a 23cm x 32cm baking dish. Allow a 3cm overhang on all sides, so you can easily remove the slice from the pan.
In a large bowl add the sugar, egg, vanilla, flour, hazelnut meal and cocoa. Pour over the melted butter and mix to combine. Spread over the base of your prepared pan (I find using my hands works best, as the mixture is quite sticky). Bake for 20 minutes or until top is just firm to the touch.
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