Combining two delicious things, nutella and chocolate, seemed like a perfect plan. When I first saw this recipe, I thought-wow, how smart…and look at all the chocolate! These brownies were extremely rich, but also extremely delicious. They are so heavy that you really only need two or three bites before it is overkill. However, even though I melted tons of nutella (1 and ½ cups to be exact), there was no trace of this decadent spread. How could that be? No hazelnut flavor at all. Just deep dark chocolate…but who is complaining? Next time, I may use the nutella spread, slightly melted, as a frosting on top of the brownies, so that the hazelnut flavor stands out.
As the bittersweet chocolate, nutella and stick of butter melt together in a sauce pan, the incredible chocolate smell permeates throughout the entire house. My husband, who was three rooms away, yelled from the living room about how good it smelled. It takes several minutes to melt these ingredients together, mainly because the nutella is thick and takes time to incorporate into the melted butter and chocolate.
Once melted, I suggest allowing this delicious chocolate/hazenut/butter mixture to cool for a few minutes. I did not. So excited to baked these smells into brownie form, I added my eggs while the chocoalte was still pretty hot, which made for some chunkiness throughout the batter. Although the smoothness of the batter was now gone, and what remained what the equivalent of the texture of a soufflé or molten lava cake (both excellent), and the brownies were still wonderful.
Nutella Brownies (adapted from ChezUs)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
8 oz bittersweet chocolate (bar or chips; we used Ghirardelli chips)
1 ½ cup nutella
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup cocoa powder (we used Ghirardelli)
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a square baking pan with parchment paper or butter the pan.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, chocolate and nutella until it is a smooth and even consistency. Whisk in sugar. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cocoa power and pinch of salt, and whisk together. Add eggs one at a time to the melted chocolate, whisking well, after each egg. Add the chocolate mixture to the dry ingredients, stir until combined. Then add vanilla and stir to incorporate. Pour into the baking pan. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting.