Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Nutella Swirl Brownies with Nutella Ganache for National Nutella Day


I didn't know that  today is National Nutella Day! How could I forget a  day to celebrate the chocolate nutty smoothness of Nutella?  Seems like I'm always a little late to the party.  In real life I and very puctual, and I hate to be late.  I arrive a places and apppointments early, so I'm not late. I was hadly ever late for work, barring an accident delay or a train stuck on the tracks. However, with my blog, I don't have that same sense of urgercy, sometimes. I did make thes Nutella Swirl Brownies this morning, which really do have Nutella in them, but it's hard to see.


I made my go to brownie recipe and swirled in Nutella to add another layer of flavor. I made several shapes to show the versatilty of brownies. You can make the brownies in whatever shape pan you have.  Because Valentine's Day is right around the corner. these brownies can do double duty, celebrate National Nutella Day, and give one to your Sweetie for Valentine's Day. there is so much chocolate goodness paired with Nutella, A chocoholic's dream!


After the brownies cooled, I swirled whipped cream in the can, the only kind I had in the house, on the brownies and topped with fresh strawberries and Nutella Ganache. The Strawberries were from Florida, at least. 

You can decorate your brownies anyway you want, MM's, whipped cream, raspberries, or strawberries.  No matter how you decorate them, they will taste so good, and be a special Valentine treat. Enjoy!




Nutella Swirl Brownies with Nutella Ganache Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens 
Ingredients: 
1/2 c butter

2 squares, (2 oz) unsweetened chocolate

1 c. sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp .vanilla

3/4 c. AP Flour

1/2 c Nutella spread, more or less depending on pan size. 

Directions:

Nutella Swirl Brownies 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line a 8x8x2 pan or use a heart cake pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, edges overlapping. or use small heart pans,  mini ramekins, or mini cupcake pans. Melt butter and chocolate.  Remove from heat and stir in sugar.  Add eggs, and vanilla.  Beat lightly until just combined.  Stir in flour and mix well. For heat shaped pans, swirl in1 tbsp Nutella spread with a toothpick or knife tip. .For a mini ramekin use about 2 tsp Nutella spread, and for the mini cupcake 1 tsp Nutella spread.

Spread batter in pan.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes for heart shaped pans, 20-25 min for the mini ramekin, and 12-15 min for the mini cupcake.   Do not over bake. Cool on rack. Remove brownie from pan, and place on rack. 
Nutella Ganache  Adapted from Cake Duchess 

1/4 cup heavy cream

5 oz chocolate, finely chopped I used semisweet chips

3 tablespoons Nutella

Bring the heavy cream to a boil in a medium sauce pan on medium-high heat. Make sure to stir occasionally. Remove pan from heat, and stir in the chopped chocolate until it is combined. Fold in the Nutella. Allow to cool and thicken. Drizzle over brownies.



l linked up my recipe to Brandie@The Country Cook's Weekend Potluck #53
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18 comments:

  1. I had no clue that today was national nutella day either! What a amazing holiday, why don't we have off today to celebrate!? Your desert looks absolutely amazing, definitely a perfect valentines day treat! Thanks for sharing :)

    Sincerely,
    Happy Valley Chow

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    1. Eric,
      What could be better than a day off to eat Nutella creations, all day long?

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  2. Happy Nutella day! How did I miss it? I'm sure glad you reminded me in time...I need to eat some now. Thank you for sharing another delicious post. I hope you are having a joyful week. You certainly made mine a bit brighter!

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    1. Monet.
      Just some of these yummy brownies, now that you are eating for two. Have a great week, and enjoy this exciting time of you life.

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  3. God this is heaven on a platter indeed!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Uru,
      Nutella brownies are a little bite of heaven.

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  4. Oh No! Was it Nutella day? I missed it then! :(

    Anyway your brownies look great for any day :)

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    1. Sorry that you missed Nat'l Nutella Day! Have some today, these brownies will taste just as good:)

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  5. Oh Nutella, nutella....wonderful perfect nutella. Love it so much. I love these brownies and the NUTELLA GANACHE soooo much!

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    1. Nutella Brownies and Nutella Ganache are really a match made in heaven.

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  6. Your Nutella brownies are perfect for both Nutella Day AND Valentine's Day! And strawberries are the perfect garnish :)

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    1. Lizzy,
      Thanks. Chocolate and strawberries and Nutella go together perfectly, for any occasion.

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  7. wow ..that was v inviting n super tempting click!!...frst time here ..hapi to follow u..glad if u do d same

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  8. This heart shape cake with strawberry on top is perfect for valentines day!

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    1. Dorothy,
      Nutella brownies are good for any day, but for Valentine's Day, you need the heart shape ones with strawberries

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  9. My preferred way to eat Nutella is standing up in the kitchen with the jar and a large spoon. :) But, if we must bake with it, these brownies will do just fine!

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    1. Anita,
      I must admit that I eat Nutella out of the ,jar too. Shhh! Don't tell anybody! However, I prefer eating these brownies!

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  10. Everyday should be a nutella and brownie day -- I wish. Your brownies look to die for. Thanks for being a part of the YBR.

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