Monday, June 20, 2011

Nutella Chocolate Chip Brownies

½ Cup Unsalted butter
1¼ Cups 60% Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, plus ½ Cup reserved
¾ Cup Nutella, plus plus 1/3 Cup reserved
¾ Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
½ Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs
¾ Cup All-Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
¼ Teaspoon Salt
¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper for easy removal. Cover parchment paper with cooking spray.
In a heatproof bowl, melt butter and 1¼ cups chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth. Do this in 15-second intervals, stirring in between to ensure that you do not scorch the chocolate. Stir in the ¾ cup Nutella. Cool the chocolate mixture until room temperature. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition, until mixture is glossy and smooth.
Whisk together remaining ingredients and combine with chocolate mixture. Stir in remaining ½ cup chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly in pan. Mix remaining Nutella with 1 teaspoon water in a heatproof bowl. Microwave for 15 seconds to thoroughly incorporate both ingredients and until its smooth. Drizzle Nutella mixture on top of the brownie batter. Using the tip of a pairing knife, create swirls of the Nutella. Do not over mix, as you want to keep the swirls visible.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes up mostly clean.  Cool in pan for at least 10 minutes and cut into 3 inch squares.