Happy Valentine's Day!
Whether you love the holiday or hate it, I recommend you make these Nutella brownies stat. They are a delicious treat, especially when still warm from the oven and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
If you've never made homemade brownies before, trust me when I say these are super simple and about 1,000 times more delicious than the box stuff. Once you've tasted them, you'll never go back!
(Slightly adapted from Martha Stewart's Super-Fudgy Brownies)
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into pieces
1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used a mix of the two)
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2/3 cup Nutella
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x9 inch pan with butter and line with parchment paper.
In a large microwave safe bowl, add chocolate and butter. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each round, until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar, followed by the eggs. Add in flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Stir until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
Add mixture to prepared pan and smooth top. Drop spoonfuls of Nutella over the top and then using a knife, "cut" the Nutella into the brownie mixture, creating a swirl pattern.
Bake 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.