It’s December! I love December. The snow, the music, the colors, the holiday spirit. I have so many Christmas dessert ideas this year, hopefully I’ll get a chance to bake them all and share them with you.

People always seem seem a lot more generous and cheerful in December. The last few weeks, I’ve been planning on doing something for my readers. I woke up one day with the idea of 12 days of giveaways. Yes, 12! Why 12? Because I love “The 12 days of Christmas” song.

For the next twelve days, stop by for a different giveaway. Some of the giveaways are ones by me, some are ones sponsored by companies I personally contacted, and some are sponsored by companies which contacted me.

In honor of the first giveaway, I made these nutella cream horns pictured above.  I love nutella and I’m always looking for new ways to use it.  I saw the recipe on Christine’s recipes, and marked it as one I had to try. Then I went and bought some cream horn molds since I didn’t have any, just so I could make these beauties!

The bread is soft and a little bit sweet. The nutella cream filling is light and complements the bread perfectly. I had some trouble with the piping. They piped fine, but once I laid the horns down, the filling started to droop down. You can find the recipe for these at the bottom of this post.

So what does my dessert have to do with the first giveaway? Well it has nutella..and nutella is made of chocolate and hazelnuts…and hazelnuts are sold in bulk at Oh! Nuts.

To kick off the holiday giveaways, here is giveaway number 1:

On the first day of giveaways, Kirbie’s Cravings gave to me, twenty five dollars from Oh! Nuts.

Oh! Nuts is an online company where you can buy nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate. They offer a large of variety of products that you can’t find at your local store like raw macadamia nuts and Siirt Turkish pistachios.

I was first introduced to Oh! Nuts when they contacted me a last year and let me sample some products for free. I chose to try some whole hazelnuts and ground hazelnuts. I was shipped a one pound bag of each. I made some really yummy treats with the nuts, including a hazelnut loaf cake, hazelnut sandies, and hazelnut russian tea cakes.

Since then I’ve tried some other products from Oh! Nuts.  Recently I tried their dried guava slices which I really love because they have no added sugar. Just pure guava, and I love guava. I also tried their raw macadamia nuts, and I really like the different texture of the raw nut.

Oh! Nuts contacted me to see if I would host a giveaway, giving one of my readers a $25 certificate to try products from Oh! Nuts. Of course I readily agreed. I will choose a winner by generating a random number through random.org based on all the entries. The contest runs until midnight PST December 13, 2010. Good luck! Here’s how to enter:

One entry:

1.  Go to the Oh Nuts Christmas gift baskets page. Choose your favorite Christmas Gift and leave a comment on this blog post with the name and url of the gift you like the most.

OR
Go to the Oh Nuts Hanukkah gifts page.  Choose your favorite Hanukkah Gift and leave a comment on this blog post with the name and url of the gift you like the most.

Two  additional entries:

Facebook:
Go to the Oh Nuts facebook page and post on their wall the url and name of your favorite  Hanukkah Gift or Christmas Gift and write  “I am here via “Kirbie’s Cravings (www.kirbiecravings.com)” (and let me know you’ve done this by posting a comment, sending me an email, tweet, etc.)

Twitter:
Follow @ohnuts and @kirbiecravings and Tweet the following:

” Win a free Hanukkah Gift from http://bit.ly/6nIsCi Follow @ohnuts and RT, and go to http://bit.ly/fYRPNB @kirbiecravings to enter. “
OR
Win a free Christmas Gift from http://bit.ly/dUpizt Follow @ohnuts and RT, and go to http://bit.ly/fYRPNB @kirbiecravings to enter.”

For those interested in making these nutella cream scones, you’ll find my modified recipe below. I changed a few minor things in the bread recipe, and I reworked the nutella cream because the original one didn’t come together right for me and was too sweet. I also changed the directions because the original directions use a bread machine, which I did not.

This recipe uses the “tangzhong” method of making bread. You can read a little more on my discovery of the tangzhong method here.  But basically, it is a method created by a chinese woman, Yvonne Chen, which guarantees making breads that are soft, fluffy and bouncy.

Nutella Cream Horns (adapted from recipe found on Christine’s Recipes)
Makes 9 nutella cream horns

Ingredients:

210 g bread flour
56 g cake flour
42 g caster sugar
½ tsp salt
2 tsp instant yeast
1/2 of 1 large whisked egg
85 g milk
84 gm tangzhong (click here for the tangzhong recipe and directions)
22 gm unsalted butter, melted

Nutella cream filling:

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2½ tbsp Nutella

Directions

1. In the stand mixer bowl, combine salt, sugar, bread flour, cake flour and instant yeast. Make a well in the center and add in the wet ingredients (milk, egg, tangzhong).
2. Fit the dough hook attachment on your stand mixer and begin mixing on medium speed. Keep kneading until the dough is smooth, not too sticky on the surface and elastic. I kneaded the dough for about 18-20 minutes. Each mixer may vary.
When the dough is ready, you should be able to take a chunk of dough and stretch it to a very thin membrane before it breaks. When it does break, the break should be form a circle.

3. Then gather up the dough and put it in a bowl greased with oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a wet paper towel. Let it proof until double the size, about 40 minutes.
4. Transfer the dough to a clean surface. Deflate and divide into 9 equal portions. Knead into ball shapes. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rest for 15 minutes.
5. Roll dough out to form long rope. Wrap the dough around a cream horn mould, starting at the tip. You should be able to wrap it approximately 5 times. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Repeat this step with the rest of the dough. Let proof for the 2nd round, about 40 minutes .
6. Brush whisked egg on surface (I used the other half of my large egg here). Bake in a pre-heated 180C (356F) oven for 13 to 15 minutes, until the tops turn a golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer onto a wire rack. Let cool completely. Remove the cream horn moulds.
7. Prepare the filling. Use an electric mixer to beat the whipping cream and Nutella until stiff peaks form. Then gather cream into piping bag to pipe.

   

45 Responses to “Day 1 of Giveaways and Nutella Cream Horns”

  1. Jackie — December 6, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Hi Kirbie, I like the “Holiday Gift Basket” the most. It has chocolate coins!!
    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/holiday-gift-basket

  2. leanne — December 6, 2010 at 9:13 am

    The Dried Fruit Fruitopia looks amazing (and expensive)!
    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/tu-bshvat-gifts-dried-fruit-platters/fruitopia

  3. Stephanie — December 6, 2010 at 9:19 am

    It looks like meat inside of there!

  4. Faye — December 6, 2010 at 9:36 am

    You are getting to be a pro at this tangzhong method! I’m so proud of you! I hope to gather the courage to try it soon.

    This is what caught my eye on the Oh Nuts website (please enter me in contest)

    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/bulk-nuts-seeds/gift-baskets-platters-2/4-section-wooden-nut

  5. Ivanna — December 6, 2010 at 9:37 am
  6. Mary — December 6, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Nutella Cream Horns! Oh my god. That’s a brilliant idea.

    I totally digged this Chocolate & Nuts basket thing:
    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/lg-nuts-chocolate-line-up-gift-basket

  7. Kevin — December 6, 2010 at 2:55 pm
  8. LoveChocolates — December 7, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Oooozing chocolate mmmm so delicious looking!

    The gift basket would be for a whole family!!!
    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/holiday-gift-basket

  9. Becky Z — December 7, 2010 at 10:13 am
  10. Mike D — December 7, 2010 at 11:32 am
  11. Alice — December 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    This is definitely the cutest on the xmas list. I would totally eat the candy, too! :P

    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/christmas-nuts-gifts-baskets/gimme-some-sugar-festive-mug

  12. Tasha — December 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    The keepsake tins gift =)

  13. Tasha — December 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Also commented on facebook

  14. Sophie — December 7, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    This looks really tasty!
    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/christmas-nuts-gifts-baskets/medium-holiday-beaded-gift-tray

    Medium Holiday Beaded Gift Tray
    Item Number: 73073

  15. Amy — December 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm
  16. Meng — December 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/hanukkah-gifts/baskets/party-in-a-box

    Would be great for the Hanukkah Party we are having

  17. Max — December 7, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    This would be a lovely gift
    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/hanukkah-gifts/baskets/oval-wicker-gift-tray

    Hanukkah Oval Wicker Gift

  18. Debbie Terry — December 8, 2010 at 7:13 am
  19. Debbie Terry — December 8, 2010 at 7:15 am

    I like Oh! Nuts on Facdebook and posted your referral.

  20. Debbie Terry — December 8, 2010 at 7:17 am

    http://twitter.com/sdiego1717/statuses/12525952739319809

    I follow Ohnuts and you on Twitter. although Ohnuts link isn’t really working right now.

  21. Sandy — December 8, 2010 at 8:32 am
  22. Meryl — December 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I’d like the Chocolate Truffle Oh! Nuts Gift Box
    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/chocolate-truffle-oh-nuts-gift-box

  23. Jenn — December 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm
  24. Amy — December 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I’d love the dried friut floral arrangement, it’s so pretty and I’m sure tasty

    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/tu-bshvat-gifts-dried-fruit-platters/floral-arrangement

  25. Patty W — December 9, 2010 at 2:34 am

    I like this cool dried fruit arrangement – but boy, is it pricey! But the fruit looks so yummy!

    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/tu-bshvat-gifts-dried-fruit-platters/fruitopia

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. Elaine Froneberger — December 9, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Hi Kirbie, I love this 8 day gift basket – the fun just keeps coming! If – you can resist eating it all the first day….
    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/hanukkah-gifts/baskets/8-days-of-treats-gift-basket

  27. Jen — December 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/christmas-nuts-gifts-baskets/holiday-heat-serve-ceramic-basket
    Delicious sounding treats and a useful ceramic baking dish? This is definitely my favorite.

  28. Jessica — December 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm
  29. Raechel — December 9, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I like the LG Nuts and Chocolate gift set because it has all sorts of variety…something for everyone! Just in time for the holiday season.

  30. Carly — December 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    The Holiday Chocolate Planter (http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/christmas-nuts-gifts-baskets/holiday-chocolate-planter) looks wonderful. So many delicious goodies!

  31. Julie — December 10, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Holiday chocolate planter

  32. Cliff — December 10, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I’d like the holiday gift basket!

    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/holiday-gift-basket

  33. tigerfish — December 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm
  34. Chelsea — December 11, 2010 at 3:20 am
  35. Daphne — December 11, 2010 at 11:14 am
  36. Eric S — December 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm
  37. michelle — December 12, 2010 at 5:14 am

    I was searching for nutella recipes when I came across your blog. These looks wonderful! I want to give them a try as I think they would be perfect for Christmas morning.

    I love chocolate and nuts together, so I would love to try the chocolate truffles with the praline filling.

    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/chocolate-truffle-oh-nuts-gift-box

  38. Yen — December 13, 2010 at 12:43 am

    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/holiday-pretzel-tin-gift

    Wish I can enjoy this with my family.

  39. Jason S — December 13, 2010 at 9:26 am
  40. toadliy — December 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    The Rainbow Chocolate Pretzel Gift Basket
    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/gift-baskets-by-type/non-dairy-dark-chocolate-gifts-parve/rainbow-pretzel-basket

    Chocolate covered pretzels are irresistible, and a basket filled with rainbow-colored chocolate pretzels is even more fantastic!

  41. Mona — December 13, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Pistachio Burlap Sack Gift – I’m absolutely in love with pistachios…of course the cute bag is also a plus! :)
    http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/pistachio-burlap-sack-gift

  42. Ruby — December 14, 2010 at 9:35 am
  43. John — December 15, 2010 at 9:31 am

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  44. Ttrockwood — December 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    The chocolate truffleoh nuts gift box looks awesome!

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