- Difficulty: Easy
- Prep time: 30 min
- Cook time: 30 min
- Serving: 8 people
- Cost: Low
One of the most delicious memories from a trip to the United States are those chocolate squares enriched with dried fruit, beautifully displayed in the windows of bakeries and cafés... we're obviously talking about brownies! Melty on the inside with a slight crust on the outside, brownies are often served as a dessert paired with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. However, they originally started as a convenient, easy-to-carry snack. Here, we present the original recipe with dark chocolate, cocoa, and hazelnuts, but there are countless variations you can experiment with... Get started now, and you'll find they are as delectable as they are simple to make.
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- For an 8.3" x 11" mold
- Dark chocolate 55% 9 oz (260 g)
- Whole peeled hazelnuts 1 ¾ cup (170 g)
- Sugar ¾ cup (160 g)
- Butter ⅔ cup (150 g)
- Eggs 2 (110 g) - (around 2 medium ones) at room temperature
- All-purpose flour ¾ cup (90 g)
- Unsweetened cocoa powder 3 tbsp (20 g)
- Fine salt 1 pinch
To make brownies, start by finely chopping and melting the dark chocolate in a bain-marie or in the microwave, then pour it in a bowl 1. Melt the butter too, then add it to the melted chocolate 2. Stir vigorously with a spatula 3 and leave to cool.
To make brownies, begin by finely chopping the dark chocolate. Melt it using a bain-marie or in the microwave, and then transfer it to a bowl 1. Melt the butter and combine it with the melted chocolate 2. Mix well using a spatula 3 and set aside to cool.
In the meantime, toast the hazelnuts in a pan 4 and set them aside. In a separate, large bowl, combine the eggs and sugar 5. Add a pinch of salt and beat the mixture using an electric whisk until it's light in color and frothy 6.
After the egg mixture is prepared, gradually incorporate the cooled melted chocolate and butter mixture 7, stirring continuously. Next, sift the flour 8 and cocoa powder into the bowl 9.
Combine the sifted powders into the wet ingredients, stirring until you achieve a glossy and consistent batter 10. Add in the toasted hazelnuts 11 and fold them in using a spatula 12.
Prepare a baking dish by lining it with parchment paper 13. Pour the brownie batter into the dish, ensuring a smooth surface 14. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 25 minutes 15.
Once baked, remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool completely 16. After they've cooled, cut them into squares 17. Your brownies are now ready to be savored 18!
Brownies can be stored for 3-4 days at room temperature. You can freeze them after baking.
After adding the melted chocolate, you can enhance the brownie batter's flavor with cinnamon, ginger, or tonka bean.
Consider replacing the hazelnuts with other toasted nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, or peanuts!
For a deeper chocolate intensity, opt for a dark chocolate that's 65-70% cocoa.
You might also try substituting up to 50% of the butter with coconut oil for a richer, fruitier flavor!