Nutella Cocoa Brownies

Nutella Cocoa Brownies

This past weekend we went to our aunt and uncle's house for a memorial day barbecue and I offered to bring dessert. My aunt had seen my a href="http://mrsregueiro.blogspot.com/2010/05/chewy-walnut-brownies.html"chewy walnut brownies/a post and told me about her love for brownies. I had to agree with her about that because I love brownies! I've been on the fence debating which brownie recipe that I prefer most, but wanted to try something new as well.br /br /I had a container of nutella in my pantry that I'd been itching to use for something sweet. So I figured the combination of nutella and brownies would be pretty fabulous. I found a decent cocoa brownie recipe from Alton Brown and happily combined the two to a blissful marriage. However, I'm still debating if I like these brownies or not. They were really rich and decadent almost like a fudge, it was not reminiscent of the previous brownie recipe that I had. Everyone still loved them, but I think they could use some improvement. br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/EZccKVZoBhg/TAbAMzIf2QI/AAAAAAAADSo/lyjCxpG9ITk/s1600/DSC00650.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/EZccKVZoBhg/TAbAMzIf2QI/AAAAAAAADSo/lyjCxpG9ITk/s320/DSC00650.JPG" //a/divstrongNutella Cocoa Brownies/strongbr /Adapted from Alton Brown - a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/cocoa-brownies-recipe/index.html"Good Eats: Volume 1/abr /emIngredients:/embr /4 large eggs br /1 cup sugar, sifted br /1 cup brown sugar, sifted br /8 ounces melted butter br /1 cup cocoa, sifted br /2 teaspoons vanilla bean pastebr /1/2 cup flour, sifted br /1/2 teaspoon kosher salt br /3 tablespoons of Nutella, dividedbr /Directions:br /1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a square (8x8) baking pan with parchment paper.br /2. In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the eggs at medium speed until fluffy and light yellow. Add the sugars. Add remaining ingredients, and mix well.br /3. Warm the nutella in the microwave for 20 seconds, it needs to loosen so it can spread easy. Add a heaping tablespoonful to the batter and mix well.br /4. Pour the batter into 8-inch square pan. Add two more tablespoons of nutella on top of the batter and bake for 60 to 65 minutes. Check for doneness with the tried-and-true toothpick method: a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan should come out clean. When it's done, remove the brownies with the parchment paper and move to a rack to cool.  Cut into 9 large squares or smaller.br /br /Review: Overall, I think I prefer a href="http://mrsregueiro.blogspot.com/2010/05/chewy-walnut-brownies.html"chewy walnut brownies/a versus the nutella cocoa brownies. To improve this recipe, you would need more of that hazelnut flavor coming from hazelnuts, hazelnut extract or maybe even a href="http://www.frangelico.com/"Frangelico./a  Maybe less cocoa powder as well to tone down that rich flavor. But if you're one for a big sweet tooth of nutella, then this recipe would be perfect.br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://lh5.ggpht.com/EZccKVZoBhg/TBu4VK89pUI/AAAAAAAADkM/PXQdVYJ-ZIY/s1600/Krystalsignature2.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="112" src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/EZccKVZoBhg/TBu4VK89pUI/AAAAAAAADkM/PXQdVYJ-ZIY/s200/Krystalsignature2.jpg" width="200" //a/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/div

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