While I thoroughly enjoy spending most of my time alone, I can enjoy other people’s company, but not just anyone—there is a handful a people who I want to hang out with. And I hold them near and dear to my heart.
This weekend, I trekked out of the city of Philadelphia to visit my hometown in Delaware. There, I visited my parents and some of my best friends. It was a long night, and I ended up crashing at my parents’ for the night, but it was well worth it. I had a great time catching up with the homies, and *surprise* there was an engagement (sweeeeeet <3)!
Anyway, I literally just walked back into my apartment (it’s nearly 1 p.m.). As you know (or maybe not), Delaware is tax-free, and I like to take advantage of that when I can… especially with the monstrous city tax. I did a little damage by going to Michaels, HomeGoods and Ulta. But there were deals, people! And I’m hosting a Valentine’s Day themed brunch tomorrow with some of my best girls, and I needed some cute decor.
The moral of this story (while, perhaps, not related) is that I baked brownies for my visit to Delaware yesterday. I experimented and came up with a new recipe that turned out oh so well. They were rich, fudgey, diabetes-induced and nothing short of wonderful.
See that? They were slightly undercooked, but that’s just the way I love them—a chocolatey delight, I tell you! And there’s a special ingredient aka my favorite food item in the entire world: Nutella. What better way to spend a Saturday than to relax, bake brownies and watch the Winter Olympics? I can’t think of a better day. Oh wait… insert alcohol here.
What You’ll Need:
1/4 cup Kerrygold Butter, melted and cooled
2 heap tbsp. Nutella, heated in the microwave for about 20 seconds
6 tbsp. milk (I used cashew milk)
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup good dark cocoa powder (I used Scharffen Berger)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup pecans (I am fancy and used caramelized pecans—extra shush!), crushed
How You’ll Do It:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. While the oven is preheating, sift together flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a large bowl. Once sifted, stir in the brown sugar. Set aside.
3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the butter, milk, eggs and Nutella. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients, then whisk together.
4. Once everything is incorporated (don’t over mix), fold in the pecans until thoroughly incorporated. It should be a thick and smooth batter.
5. In a buttered 8×8 baking dish, pour the batter in and smooth it out until it reaches all ends of the dish. Then place into the oven and bake for about 23 to 25 minutes or until the brownies bounce back, but are still slightly soft in the middle.
6. Let rest for at least 10 to 15 minutes, then cut into 12 even squares. Enjoy, and try not to eat six in one sitting.