Today, February 5th, is national nutella day. What better way to celebrate than to gather some of the best tastes available to the human palate and cook them together?
Enter: Nutella Brownies with Peanut Butter frosting and Chocolate Nutella Ganache. Kind of like “(your city’s)helpwanted.com.” Long name, amazing/delightful/tasty/dangerous in that eat-until-your-stomach-aches-kind-of-way results.
Don’t be frightened by the three layers. While the brownies are baking, mix the ganache and peanut butter frosting. I had to work while the brownies cooled so I left the ganache in the fridge. When I got home, I heated the ganache long enough to make it spreadable. Ta-da. Simple!
I found these on the Cake Duchess‘ blog. There are a few changes that I made to the recipe, marked with an *.
The peanut butter makes these brownies so sinful. I love the sweet peanut butter frosting and the hints of Nutella make this better than your average, one or two note brownie. My tongue is singing scales right now!
Nutella Brownies with Peanut Butter frosting and Chocolate Nutella Ganache
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar *1 cup regular white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature *3 eggs
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
Step 1: Brownie Directions
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
When the brownies are completely cooled, turn them over onto your serving plate. Spread the peanut butter cream evenly over the brownies.
When the ganache is completely cooled, spread the ganache over the peanut butter cream. Attempt to spread each layer evenly. Cake Duchess says to let it stand at room temperature for about an hour until it is set, but I spread one layer, then the next, then ate immediately. To each her own.
If you’re really worried about presentation, keep reading about how to make clean cuts. If you just want a piece of brownie, you’re finished. Devour 🙂
When the ganache has set, cut into squares. Score the brownies first.It is important to have a clean knife while you are cutting the squares. Each time you make a cut, clean the knife with a paper towel or a towel.