My mom, Angela, passed away in 1985. She was from Sicily and I was just really beginning to get into cooking when she died. A short time ago, I was flipping through an old Italian cookbook of hers and saw this recipe, written by her, in the back of the book:
That's right, it's World Nutella Day. This indulgent day was created by Sara Rosso, an American blogger living in Italy who writes Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle Fabio, another American blogger living in Italy who writes Bleeding Espresso. These two women adore Nutella and wanted to create a day when we all indulge! In the spirit of that day, I've made some Nutella Purses which contain banana - one of the two great combinations in all of food history - banana and Nutella. These are so easy to make and only take a few minutes. You can certainly add some nuts to this if you like, which I would have done (walnuts, specifically) but I am the only soul in my household that likes nuts. If you've never bought Nutella before, you can find it next to the peanut butter in almost any grocery store. It's a staple in Europe, even at breakfast. Please visit The World Nutella Day site on February 9th to see the complete 2009 roundup of Nutella recipes from all around the world.