There are some things in life that are just bad ideas. One of them is baking brownies when you don’t have anyone to share with. Trust me. It’s just not wise. Sure there are ways to make brownies healthier, but truth be told, sometimes you just need to indulge in the real thing. As long as you have people to share with, why not, right? So last week when I was in the mood to bake something and my colleagues requested brownies, I was more than happy to oblige 🙂
My friend made these for our other friend’s birthday, and I knew these would be the perfect brownies to make for my coworkers. They’re incredibly fudgy and delicious (I’m not a huge fan of cake-like brownies).
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies
recipe from Jamie Oliver, found here
2 Sticks (225g) Butter
7 Ounces (200g) Dark Chocolate (I used 70% Cocoa)
1/2c (60g) chopped nuts, optional (I used roasted hazelnuts)
2/3c (80g) cocoa powder
1/2c (65g) flour
1t baking soda
1 1/2c (300g) sugar
4 large eggs
Krokant* or additional chopped nuts for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 F (175C). Place hazelnuts on a dry cookie sheet and place in preheating oven for 10-15 minutes until the skins start to peel. Remove and allow to cool. When cool, peel and chop.
Line a 10″ baking dish with parchment paper.
In a double boiler (or in a bowl above simmering water if you’re like me and don’t have a double boiler), melt butter and chocolate until smooth. Add the chopped hazelnuts.
In the meantime, combine the dry ingredients (cocoa, flour, baking soda, sugar) in a separate bowl. Add to the chocolate mixture. Beat in the eggs one at a time until the mixture is silky.
Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with Krokant* or additional chopped hazelnuts.
Bake for about 30 minutes. When tested with a toothpick, the toothpick should not come out clean, you want them to be a bit gooey in the middle.
Remove from oven and allow to cool fully in the pan before cutting (or as long as you can manage, warm brownies are delicious, after all).
*As far as I know, this doesn’t exist in the US, but it’s basically small bits of caramelized hazelnuts. You can see it in the photos.