1. Be unable to resist a challenge sent in the form of a "this would make a cool birthday present" email.
4. Melt 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter into 1T of water. Add 8 oz of semi-sweet chocolate.
5. Combine 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, 1/3 c. sugar, and 1/2 t. salt. In a separate bowl mix 2 1/2 c. of room temperature whole milk with 6 (!!) eggs and 1T of vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, then add the chocolate.
7. While you are waiting, combine 2 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream with 1/3 c. confectioner's sugar. Whip until you have soft peaks and then add 1/4 c. of hazelnut spread (Nutella). Be sure to lick the Nutella spoon when finished. Refrigerate. (This step is my creation- perhaps add more Nutella and less sugar next time?)
8. Boil 1 1/4 c. heavy cream with 1 T corn starch. Remove from heat and add 10 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped (don't cut corners by using chips!). Do not stir! Wait 5 minutes and then mix together. Set aside.
10. Take out your mom's super-cool 1970's crepe maker. Seriously, they don't make them like they used to!
11. Make 5 gazillion chocolate crepes. The first 5 are usually a bust for me. I had about 30 extras even so. That was a LOT of crepe making. Stack them all on a plate.
13. Refrigerate 15 minutes to set.
14. Add chocolate ganache. Refrigerate 15 minutes or more to set. Re-plate and add toasted hazelnuts to garnish.
15. Deliver to your friend's birthday party and bring a sharp knife and a big sweet tooth!
Thanks to Martha Stewart for her inspiration and crepe/ganache recipes. I was not quite up to the task of her filling or candied hazelnuts. Another project perhaps on another day.
Hopefully by now you are sufficiently hungry.