Nutella & Mascarpone Cheese Dessert Platter

I’m not much of a dessert person but I do love Nutella! And if you are having company over, this is such a quick platter to put together to satisfy that sweet tooth! Enjoy!

  • 1 8oz. container mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of Kahlua or more
  • 4 graham crackers broken up
  • a few thin slices multi-grain bread, grilled (try to get one with nuts & seeds)
  • 3/4 cup Nutlella or more
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • 1 pat unsalted butter 
  • sprinkling of cinnamon
  • a few pieces of dark chocolate 

Combine the mascarpone cheese and the Kahlua and spread on the platter. Spread your Nutella down and grate some dark chocolate over a corner of the mascarpone cheese. Break up the chocolate into little bite size pieces. It’s nice to have that little touch of bitterness. In a separate bowl, combine the hazelnuts with honey. Add to the platter. This is a great platter because you can really do what you like with it. If you aren’t a honey fan, you can leave the hazelnuts plain, on the side or omit them altogether. For the banana mixture, melt the butter and add the banana sauteing until they brown and the bananas begin to break down. They don’t take long, about 5 minutes, stirring often, stir in the cinnamon and add to the platter. (The bananas are in the corner above the multi-grain bread, sorry not too much exposure but if you are a banana lover, add this to the platter!) Surround with the graham crackers and the multi-grain bread. I like adding the multi-grain bread because it gives the sweetness of all of the spreads a little bit of a break, almost like the crust on a sweet fruit pie. On second thought, if you are a fan of  peanut butter, it would be great with the Nutella and mascarpone cheese and maybe a little sea salt on the side! The combinations are endless, have fun! This platter serves about 4.

Blueberry Crumble Ice Cream Soup

I can’t be the only one out there that likes ice cream soup, lol. This is nice because it’s not just melted ice cream, it’s almost like a soft pudding and you can use this “formula” for any fruit based ice cream that goes well with Nutella. I was in the mood for blueberries, so I got blueberry crumble ice cream but this works with cherry vanilla, just top with fresh cherries. A banana chocolate ice cream works great, just top with fresh banana slices. A caramel ice cream would be delicious! Just top with some salt flakes! The list goes on and on for all you ice cream soup lovers out there! Happy ice cream soup making!

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 heaping tablespoons blueberry crumble ice cream
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Nutella
  • a few fresh blueberries for garnish
  • a few hazelnuts, crushed with a knife, for garnish

Combine the sour cream, ice cream and Nutella until well combined. Top with your garnishes! This serves one. Stay cool and enjoy! :)