When you look back on your childhood what are some of the clearest and most vivid memories you have of eating food? It’s funny because I bet you can go back and think of times when food made you incredibly happy, but then I’m sure, that there are the same instantly distinct moments where food has made your stomach turn sideways. When I look back on my own childhood, I have the clearest memory of the first time I ever tried Nutella. I remember I was in primary school and I had just been picked up from school by my grandfather. As it was most days we went back to his home, where my grandmother would be waiting, ready to cure my three-thirtyitis by routinely making me a snack. On this day I kissed my grandmother hello and watched as she began to prepare sliced bread on a wooden chopping board.
Then it happened, a white tub filled with Nutella was coarsely punctured by my grandmother’s butter knife and spread onto both pieces of white bread. She handed me the sandwich with a smile and sweetly beckoned to enjoy. I was so excited to try Nutella that I had my first bite immediately, standing there in the kitchen. The top layer of bread slipped in between my tongue and I remember the Nutella glued itself to the roof of my mouth. The moist bits of bread were textured against the gooey sweet hazelnut spread and I concluded that this was gross.
I didn’t eat Nutella for years after that…
I don’t remember the next time I tried Nutella again, but let me tell you, I love it now (just not on white bread).
These Brownie’s will amaze you. There is a healthy portion of Nutella in this recipe that doesn’t stray the sacred stuff from being the front and center in this taste explosion. Get ready for this and make sure to lick the bowl!
You’re going to get: 12 brownies.
Total cost of ingredients: $24.05
1/3 cup (5 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature $2.80
1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar $3.00
2 large eggs, at room temperature $3.30
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract $4.00
1 and 1/4 cups (370g) Nutella, divided $4.00
1/2 teaspoon salt $2.95
3/4 cup (94g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled) $1.00
3/4 cup (135g) white chocolate chips $3.00
What you gotta do:
1. Preheat oven to 177°C (350°F). Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square baking pan very liberally with baking paper, leaving enough on all sides to easily lift the brownies out of the pan when cool. (If using a 9-inch pan, the bake time will be a few minutes less.) Set aside.
TIP: Spread some butter on your baking pan before placing on the baking paper. Helps it stick to your pan!
2. Grab yourself a large bowl because the mixing is about to start. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter on high speed in a large bowl until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and beat on high speed for 2 minutes until creamed.
3. With the mixer running on low speed, add the eggs and vanilla extract. Beat on medium-high speed until combined, then beat in 1 cup Nutella and salt. Mix until smooth and fluffy.
4. With the mixer running on low speed, add the flour, mixing just until combined. Do not overmix. If using chocolate chips, gently fold them in with a wooden spoon.
5. Empty the batter into your baking pan spreading the mix evenly. Use a butter knife to scoop the last 1/4 cup of Nutella on top. Using a knife, swirl the Nutella into the batter. This will give it a dark pattern which looks great when it’s finished.
6. Bake the brownies for 30 minutes. Keep your eye on them and test with a toothpick to determine if ready.
Remember: If the toothpick comes out with only a couple moist crumbs, the brownies are ready. If the more of the mixture is coming out then bake longer. If you aren’t sure use a butter knife which has wider width to test with.
7. Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan for about 10 or so minutes. Take your gigantic Nutella brownie out of the pan and cut into squares to your liking.
Garnish: You can make your brownies extra pretty by sprinkling icing sugar on top.
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