- I'm in the land of Nutella. At the large grocery in our city, there's a row dedicated almost entirely to the product. Now technically, Nutella is only one brand of many-- there's several different names, different blends (dark, milk, white) and unique packaging (striped white chocolate and dark chocolate, half light/half dark). But for a girl born in the American 1970s and only first tasting hazelnut spread in my high school years, Nutella is just Nutella. So, for any purists out there who know and favor the other brands... I'm sorry.
- 3/4 cup butter
- 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup nutella
- 1 cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
In a heavy bottom saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate. Remove from heat and add the cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla bean. Then, beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl until light in color. Add the salt to the eggs. Add one tablespoon of the melted chocolate mixture to the eggs and beat to combine. Slowly continue to add the remaining chocolate to the eggs. Add the flour and Nutella. Stir just until combined. Place in a buttered and floured brownie baking dish and sprinkle the top with the hazelnuts if desired. Bake on 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes. Watch carefully, though, so the brownies don't burn. The top should be firm and the inside will still be somewhat soft. Allow to cool and then slice into bars.