I needed something quick and easy to make, yet I wanted it to be special. This is the second time I've made Nigella Lawson's Nutella cake (Torta alla Gianduia) and it fit the bill perfectly. It's so irresistible and elegant with it's glossy dark chocolate ganache and toasted hazelnuts on top. It is dense and moist with a wonderful hazelnut taste. This, no doubt, comes from a whole jar of Nutella and an added tablespoon of Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur. It has a wonderful texture from the ground hazelnuts and a subtle crunch from the toasted hazelnuts as you bite into it.
I won't reinvent the wheel - the recipe is on Nigella's website (here) and also in her book - "How to be a Domestic Goddess" (page 172).
Hazelnuts fresh off the tree from Zdena's and Vanessa's new little hazelnut tree.