Nutella Brownies

When I posted the recipe for Nutella pancakes a few weeks ago, I mentioned Nutella brownies. I’m finally posting the recipe, which I’ve had for a few years now and is the only homemade brownie I will ever make.20190807_142943

Nutella brownies are as good as they sound! They are chocolatey and moist — not dry and cakey. They also bake to a nice height. Sometimes when I’ve sought a fudgy brownie, they come out flat and chewy. Not these. And just like Nutella on a spoon, they are irresistible.

I found this recipe on a site called Life in Pleasantville that I’m really enjoying. (It has some recipes I’m eager to try.) No tweaks are needed, but self-control definitely is. Seriously — what do they put in Nutella to make it so unbelievably delicious?

4 large eggs
1 large egg white
725g container Nutella
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350F/175C degrees. Butter a 9×13-inch baking pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and frothy. Blend in Nutella, butter, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to chocolate mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Spread mixture into baking pan and bake 30-40 minutes. Brownies will appear slightly underbaked in center. Let cool. For your brownies to look their best, refrigerate the pan overnight before slicing — otherwise they’ll be crumbly.

Nutella Pancakes

Nutella is supposedly made for breakfast, but fans of the hazelnut-cocoa spread know it’s soooo much better than just a topping for toast. It’s more of a dessert ingredient, like in Nutella brownies, or just a secret, delicious spoonful (um, not that I’ve ever had it that way).

But this recipe takes Nutella back to the breakfast table, this time as a gooey filling for pancakes. And it’s easy.

The night before you make this, put small circles of Nutella on a piece of parchment paper and place in the freezer.

Make this recipe for pancakes, and just before you’re ready to ladle the batter onto the pan, take the Nutella circles out of the freezer. Ladle a little batter onto the pan, place a Nutella circle on top, then cover with more batter. Cook the pancakes as normal.

The Nutella circles never freeze solid, so as soon as you start cooking the first batch of pancakes, return the Nutella to the freezer. Take them back out right before you make the next batch, otherwise the Nutella will be too soft to pop off the parchment and use quickly.