Italians do a lot of things better than other cultures. They make excellent coffee, their house wine is better than many pricey bottles you could find in the states, and I promise, the way they dress will make you feel like a slob on your best day.
They also invented Nutella, capping off the "better-than-you" list for the day. Sweet, chocolatey Nutella — making it acceptable to basically eat spoonfuls of frosting for breakfast since 1964.
I don't often buy Nutella in the states — I find it's pretty cost prohibitive and I'm happy to stick to eating spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter, anyway. But when I came across a jar of the hazelnut spread in the grocery store the other day that was 825 g for €5, I was sold and that big glass jar of heaven was coming home with me.
I knew immediately that I wanted to make a hazelnut tart. They sell them in lots of bakeries and coffee shops here in Italy, usually tarlet sized. And combined with my go-to shot of espresso, the sugar-laden treat definitely gets me revved up for the day. However, I wanted to put a little spin on it, with bananas and sea salt — two flavors I thought went hand in hand with the hazelnut spread. The result was heavenly, with a perfect crust, complementary flavors and a second helping. (You may have spotted this pie in the adorable pro-gluttony Friendsgiving pie boxes Theresa designed!)