I’m embarrassed to admit this but I have only recently discovered the joys of nutella. I don’t know where I have been for the past 25 years. Living in some world devoid of the wonderfulness that is nutella, aka, Hawaii. Not saying that Hawaii doesn’t have nutella, just that I was never exposed to it. But now that I have, I have been trying to come across recipes that takes full advantage of its creamy, chocolate, hazelnutty goodness. I have slathered it between crepes and added in some bananas and strawberries. I have swirled it with my ice cream to add an extra layer of sin. And I have even combined it with my oatmeal just because I could. But I wanted more. So I decided to do some research and came across this site: Nutella Recipes. Besides learning that World Nutella Day is Feb. 5th, I came across a whole library of recipes at my disposal. So naturally, I chose the recipe that would make my sweet tooth squeal with excitement: Nutella Ganache Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Cream!
And it was the peanut butter cream that pulled me into the recipe…and it was the peanut butter cream that made my taste buds dance with delight.
I mean look at this…my mouth is already watering as my tongue is trying to get a taste off of the roof of my mouth.
And while there seems to be a lot to this recipe, it was surprisingly easy to make. Just a lot of layers…like an onion…or a parfait.
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons Nutella
First, preheat the oven 350 degrees F and butter AND flour a 9 x 9 baking pan. I like to use Pam cooking spray. Melt the butter and add sugars and combine well. Next add eggs and vanilla and beat. You can combine the flour, salt, and cocoa powder separately or add them in one at time into you bowl. It reeeaaaaally doesn’t matter. Fold in the nutella and pour into baking pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes. I checked in on mine about 25 minutes and took it 10 minutes after that. Let cool.
My brownies came out gooey and chewy. Just the way I like it.
While brownies are cooling you will want to prepare the ganache so it has time to cool while you prepare the peanut butter cream. The easiest and best way to make a ganache is to boil the cream then pour it over the chocolate and nutella. You will want to make sure that the nutella is broken into small, finely chopped pieces so it melts easier.
Set aside to let cool. You may want to set it far away from you, or even hide it, to refrain from taking secret swipes.
1 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons hot water
Combine all ingredients except water and beat. I used an electric stand mixer (the one I asked Santa for Christmas). Add the hot water to make creamy consistency.
By now the brownies and ganache should be ready as long as you didn’t eat all of it before assembly. The recipe called for me to take the brownies out of the pan and flip them over so that you could work with the flat, bottom side of the brownie. A) I didn’t have an extra plate big enough to work on and B) I was too lazy, so I left the brownies in the baking pan. Pour and spread the peanut butter cream over the brownies covering entire surface. You will want to work smoothly and gently because if you spread to hard you may end up damaging your brownie surface. After cream is spread evenly, pour ganache over the peanut butter cream. Once again spread evenly and let sit for an hour at room temperature to let these three new neighbors get well acquainted. Trust me, as bad as you want to dig in right then and there, it will be a lot easier to cut the brownies once the ganache has set.
Finally, after what has probably been the longest hour of your life, get a knife and paper towel. Cut the brownies into desired amount. Make sure to clean the knife after every line so that you get nice, clean cuts.
See how nice and clean. Let’s see how long these will last you. I gave away 2 to one friend and 3 to another. The rest lasted me the entire weekend. And yes that meant I ate 11 brownies by myself. And it was the best thing that ever happened to me. =)