Every time I visit Ajfan Dates & Nuts, that paradise for foodies and bakers, I am awed by the sheer variety of goodies that they have on offer, as well as their uniqueness. More often than not, whenever I go to Ajfan, I end up buying stuff that my expanding waistline begs me not to buy. If you have visited the place yourself, you will know why I get so tempted, why I buy unique ingredients and then think up recipes to use them in. If you have never been to the place, I heartily urge you to do so. (Ajfan has a few outlets in Bangalore, including HSR Layout, Frazer Town and Jayanagar).
The last time I went to the wonderland that is Ajfan, recently, I ended up picking up some dried small oranges in sugar syrup that tasted just fantabulous – with a hint of bitter from the rind, the natural sour of the oranges, and the sweet from the sugar syrup. The OH and I began snacking on them, rather unhealthily, a couple at a time. So, I decided that I had better do something with them before we exhausted all of them.
Inspired by the recipes for ‘dessert pizzas’ and ‘warm desserts’ that I read about recently, I decided to use these oranges to make some warm Nutella pizzas. That way, I would also be using up the bottle of Nutella that I bought some time ago. Two mangoes at the throw of a single stone, you see?
The Nutella pizzas came out fabulous, I must say. All of us loved them to bits – we gorged on them like anything, and I am sure I’ll be making more of them in the times to come.
I made four different variations of the Nutella pizza: Orange & Nut, Cranberry & Nut, Banana, and Orange. We liked all of them, honestly, but my personal favourite was the Cranberry & Nut. The OH loved the Banana one the most.
Here’s how I made the pizzas.
Ingredients (makes 4 slices):
- 4 slices of bread (I used whole wheat bread)
- 4 heaped tablespoons of Nutella
- 1/2 medium-sized ripe banana (not overly ripe, peel and cut into slices)
- A few dried cranberries (picked them up from Ajfan, too)
- A few dried small oranges (from Ajfan, chopped up into small pieces)
- 1 cube of processed cheese (I used Amul – grated)
- A few roasted and salted almonds (I used Rostaa – chopped)
- Preheat the oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes.
- When the oven is ready, toast the bread slices at about 160 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Spread one tablespoon of Nutella on one side of each slice of bread. Lay them out on a plate, Nutella side up.
- Spread out the grated cheese on three of the bread slices, above the Nutella.
- Spread out the banana slices on the bread slice without the cheese. (This is the Banana version)
- Bake all the slices at about 160 degrees, for about 10 minutes, or till the cheese melts. (One slice with banana and the rest with cheese)
- Get the bread slices out of the oven, and assemble the pizzas instantly.
- For the Banana version, garnish with some slivers of roasted, salted almonds. Serve immediately. I served this as is, without the almonds.
- For the Orange & Nut version, layer some chopped dried oranges and roasted, salted almonds over a bread slice with Nutella and melted cheese. Serve immediately.
- For the Cranberry & Nut version, layer some dried cranberries and roasted, salted almonds over a bread slice with Nutella and melted cheese. Serve immediately.
- For the Orange version, spread some chopped dried oranges over a bread slice with Nutella and melted cheese. Serve immediately.
You like? I hope you will try these out, too!
- This is an entry for the Alphabet Cooking Challenge, for the letter N.
- I happen to love Ajfan and the goodies they have on offer. I write about the place here, simply because I would love for you to visit it, too. I don’t stand to receive any kind of gain by recommending Ajfan to you. The views expressed herein about the place are entirely my own.
- If you have pizza dough handy, you can use it to make these pizzas. I didn’t, so I used bread instead.
- The Nutella and the cheese are integral components of this pizza, I would say. Apart from that, you can use any sort of toppings that you like. Just get those creative juices flowing!