I wasn’t sure what to call these. It’s a cross between a cake and brownie, but the dense texture and rich flavor make me lean towards calling them brownies. Though technically I’ve never eaten a flourless brownie. Also I baked them in a square pan and cut them into pieces that look like brownies. So brownies it is.
Anyhow, I was experimenting in the kitchen again with my jars of Nutella and I came up with this. The Nutella flavor is intense. The hazelnut flavor is upped with the addition of some ground hazelnut flour. So if you love hazelnut and chocolate, this dessert is a must try.
As with many flourless desserts, the batter was easy to whip up. It bakes for about 25 minutes and then it’s done. The dessert is quite rich and decadent. Just a little goes a long way.
1/2 cup hazelnut flour/ground hazelnuts
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3.5 ounces Nutella
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp light brown sugar
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Oil and line an 8 x 8 square baking pan.
2. Mix together the the sugars, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until
blended. Add the hazelnut flour, Nutella, and cocoa powder and mix until batter is smooth.
3. Pour the batter into baking pan and bake for about 25 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely before cutting.