We’ve been friends for a while now, right? And friends tell each other things … like secrets, right? Good. Because today I have a secret to share with you. Well another secret. I shared a cupcake secret when I made banana pudding cupcakes. So, I guess it’s about time to get this off my chest.
Until this past weekend, I had never made brownies from scratch.
I know! With all of the baking that goes on around here, one would think I am a die hard, never buy a mix, only bake from scratch baker. But I was of the mind set: Why do all the hard work when Betty and Duncan have already done it for us?
But OH was I wrong. So, so wrong. These brownies are perfectly chocolaty that get a bit of richness from a couple tablespoons of Nutella. Fudgy inside with a slightly crunchy top that crackles when the brownies are cut. A swirl of Nutella on top. Heaven. Divine. Ah.mazing.
Nutella swirl brownies from scratch
Adapted from this brownie recipe on Allrecipes.com
Yield: One 8×8 or 9×9 pan
6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Nutella
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 additional heaping tablespoon of Nutella
Cream together the melted butter, 2 tablespoons of Nutella, granulated sugar and vanilla. Mix in the two eggs. In a separate bowl, combing the remaining dry ingredients. Add half of the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix. Pour batter into an 8×8 or 9×9 pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. (An 8×8 pan will make the brownies thicker, so that is probably what I would do next time.) Drizzle the remaining heaping tablespoon of Nutella over the top of the batter. Use a butter knife to swirl the Nutella into the batter – but don’t incorporate it entirely.
Bake at 350* until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean – mine took about 20 or 22 minutes – but baking time could vary depending on the size of your pan and how done you like your brownies … our family prefers fudgy brownies.
Enjoy plain and piping hot from the pan, with a glass of ice cold milk or topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of Nutella. Pop any leftovers (if you have better self control than I do) in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to bring back that warm straight from the oven taste!
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