Strawberry and Nutella Mini-Calzones

There was this one restaurant in the city my boyfriend and I used to frequent. They had gorgeous meals for cheap prices and we always had a positive experience there. Amongst our favourite meals were these delicious calzones, and enormous ones at that. They were the size of half a dinner plate and choc full of filling. The savoury calzones were delicious, but the dessert ones even more so. We'd often order the strawberry and chocolate calzone to share, because imagining we could get through one alone was madness.

Some time ago we had an event in the city so decided to go back to this place for dinner and were devastated to find it was no longer there. They have other branches around, but our experiences there were… well, we'll just say they were nothing like their city counterpart. We've missed their meals like crazy, and their strawberry calzone was definitely one on the most pined after list.

Last week, while planning the meal for the night, I had a craving for it when it finally occurred to me: It's just a calzone. How hard could it be to replicate?

It begins with a little pizza dough. This dough is endlessly easy. It takes a little bit if kneading, but when you're done you'll be greeted by a dough so soft you'll want to rub it against your cheek. Probably don't. But hey, I won't judge you.

I love mini deserts so I had to go for little ones. You could make them larger and double the baking time. But mini is just so fun!

This dessert is as simple as cutting some rounds from the dough, dolloping some nutella on them and adding a few strawberries.

Fold it in half and pinch the edges together and you're done.

We couldn't get enough of them. There's nothing quite like the combination of strawberries and chocolate. Probably my favourite thing in the entire world.

My sister, being the crazy person she is, doesn't like strawberries. So I used a brand of hazlenut spread that has stripes of banana flavoured spread through it for the fruitless version. They were similarly lovely. You can use any filling that tickles your pallate, really.

Make as many of these as you require for your hungry hoard, then store any remaining dough in the fridge. It will keep for about 5 days before the yeast starts to get sad. I used the remainder of the dough tonight to make a garlic, parsley and parmesan pizza for out entrée. That's the best part about pizza dough: you can fill it or smother it in your favourite flavours and everything will turn out lovely.

Strawberry and Nutella Mini-Calzones

Ingredients

7g (1 sachet) dried yeast
3/4 cup (180ml) warm water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp caster sugar
50ml olive oil
2 cups (300g) plain flour
strawberries, sliced finely
nutella or other hazlenut spread
egg or milk wash  and caster sugar for glazing

Method

  1. Proof the yeast by adding it to the warm water along with the salt and sugar. Ensure the water is not too hot or you may shock the yeast (test it against your wrist for a comfortable temperature). Cover with a tea towel and allow to sit for 5 minutes. If mixture bubbles, the yeast is alive and well and ready for the next step.
  2. Add the flour to a medium sized bowl; make a well in the centre. Add yeast mixture and olive oil; stir to combine.
  3. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 8 minutes, or until dough is elastic and smooth to the touch. Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a tea towel; allow to sit for half an hour, or until dough has doubled in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced/440°F). Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  5. Punch down dough and knead for 1 minute. Use a rolling pin and, working on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until 5mm thick. Use a 10cm/4inch circular cutter to cut rounds from the dough.
  6. Dollop a heaped teaspoon of nutella into the centre of the dough round and spread, leaving a 1cm border. Place strawberries on one half of the nutella. Fold into half and pinch the edges to join.
  7. Brush the calzones with either lightly beaten egg, milk, or a mixture of both. Sprinkle lightly with caster sugar, then bake for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. 

You'll find the printable version of this recipe here.

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16 thoughts on “Strawberry and Nutella Mini-Calzones

    • A quick tip if you want to make these for a get together – you can make them in advance but pop them in the fridge right away (if you leave them at room temp they’ll rise again). That way all you’ll need to do is shove them in the oven for 5 minutes and can spend more time with your friends.

      I popped half the batch on the fridge for the next day. The strawberries weeped a little but when baked up there was no difference.

  1. We have a bunch of strawberries in the freezer that I picked earlier and hadn’t decided what to do with. We also have a three-pack of mocha hazelnut spread that, again, I hadn’t decided what to do with, but we need to use it up. I think I just found my calling. 😀

  2. These were delicious. I love little mini desserts; means you can either have more if you want, or just one if you want to be ‘good’.

    Those savoury ones sound yummy too.

  3. Not exactly what I expected. 😦 I ate something like this in Italy (Nutella calzone), but when I followed your recipe, the outside was pretty hard. In original version it was soft. Is it suppose to be hard with this recipe or can you give me some advice? Really like to eat the soft ones 😛 Thanks! Your photos are delicious, by the way. 🙂

    • It definitely shouldn’t have come out hard. The outer layer should become a little crisp, but for the most part it should be soft (like a pizza dough). If it’s come out crisp for you my best guess is an issue with the yeast in the dough. Did it seem to rise enough as it was resting? If the yeast became shocked at some point and died, the dough wouldn’t have risen properly which might explain the hard texture you found.

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