Monday, March 24, 2014

4 Ingredient Nutella Espresso Brownies

Concluding my lazy, ingredient deficient Sunday, I made 4-Ingredient Brownies to truly test my belief in everything Buzzfeed tells me. I was extremely skeptical that the mere 3 ingredients suggested to me could make anything resembling a delightful treat, so I added an extra for good measure.

Would an evening of baking without tons of time consuming steps be enough to please my sweet tooth, or would it leave me feeling flat, much like brownies sans baking powder?

Nutella Espresso Brownies
Adapted from Kirbie's Cravings
Servings: Thin 9" round worth of brownies
Time: 20 minutes

1 1/4 cup Nutella
7 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp espresso, finely ground
2 eggs
Is it actual batter or did I just spread Nutella across a baking dish?

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl until a smooth batter forms.
  3. Stare at the mixing bowl confused that there aren't a bunch more things to measure.
  4. Spread evenly into a lightly greased 9" round baking dish and flatten with a spatula.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the toothpick test comes back clean. Cool in the dish on a wire rack.
After sitting overnight they formed an actual structure instead of just oozing out delicious Nutella.
At first, I was completely disappointed in these brownies, and my faith in the internet was seemingly forever shaken. The brownies didn't quite set in the oven and even after cooling appeared to be a gooey mess of Nutella (which isn't all that tragic of an outcome if you think about it). Fortunately, I decided to bring my bastardized baking into work the next day instead of throwing it out, and it was a huge hit. Overnight, this started to resemble a more standard fudgy brownie. The hazelnut and espresso combo was a massive success (and it should be since it's a great latte). Still, I can't help but think these could have been better with a few more ingredients. A little baking powder and extra flour to help these rise would have been nice. It also would've masked the grainy nature of the espresso a little better, as the ground coffee stood out amongst the otherwise smooth Nutella base. Despite these minor shortcomings, you can't really beat having tasty brownies ready to go in under 20 minutes with minimal effort.

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