That’s Gorilla Girl’s finger, diving for the nutella. I was lazy, or busy, or something, so I used bakery bought bread for Dorie’s nutella tartine. Dorie says this is an after school snack, also good with coffee. We had it for Sunday breakfast, and it worked great. It is quick to pull together if you have bread on hand. Making your own brioche would up the ante, and I’m up for that at some point, just not this week.
Dorie’s photograph was much prettier than mine. I didn’t have hazel nuts to sprinkle on top, and Gorilla Girl doesn’t like nuts, so even if I had them, I wouldn’t use ’em. I did have this fancy jar of marmalade, though, so I made up for it.
This treat reminded me of the simple after school snacks I used to love — toast with butter and cinnamon sugar, or saltines slathered with butter. As Dorie notes, we Americans love peanut butter, and I also used to eat spoonfuls after track practice. I didn’t know about Nutella until I went to London, or I probably would have eaten spoonfuls of the stuff, too. I have only been purchasing it recently, since Gorilla Girl loves it. I don’t know how or where she first had it, but anything chocolate that coats a variety of foods, from bananas to believe-it-or-not, carrots, is right up her alley. Our speech therapist once told me that if you can get them to eat broccoli by putting chocolate sauce on it, go for it. GG eats broccoli just plain, and carrots, too. But the Nutella seems to prompt the vegetable eating, so I don’t mind too much.