Dark chocolate and hazelnut brownies

 – BAKING –

This is any chocoholics dream. If you love dark chocolate and you love hazelnuts then you are in for a right treat. I have been wanting to make brownies for a while now and I thought that this (being my first blog post) would be a good way to start off my blog. This recipe is definitely not for those who are eating healthy as there are probably more calories in these, then in anything I have consumed in my whole 19 years of life.

Now about the sizing of the brownies, they are massive I know! but I LOVE how massive they are, they are just so thick and gooey and alsoooo there is so much more to eat. This is probably just my belly talking. But obviously how big you want to cut the brownie is entirely up to you, I just thought THE BIGGER THE BETTER right?

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– LET’S GET STARTED-

Ingredients that you will need: (serves 20)

200g quality dark chocolate (70%)

250g unsalted butter

75g hazelnuts (up to you whether, chopped or left whole)

80g quality cocoa powder

65g plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

360g  caster sugar

4 large free range eggs

Method:

Step one: preheat your oven to 180c and line a 24cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.

Step two: snap the chocolate into a bowl, add the butter and place over a pan of simmering water, stir regularly until melted. Add in and stir though the hazelnuts.

Step three: sift the cocoa powder and flour into a separate bowl and then add the baking powder and sugar. Stir together.

Step four: add the dry ingredients to the chocolate, butter and hazelnuts and stir well  ensuring there are no lumps. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl then add to the mix, keep stirring until you have a silky consistency.

Step five: pour the brownie mixture into your lined baking tin and put in the oven for 25 minutes. You don’t want to over cook them, you want the outside to be slightly springy and the inside to be gooey. Use a skewer to poke inside,  you don’t want it to come out clean.

Step six: allow to cool in the tray and when cooled transfer onto a chopping board and chop them into chunky squares. Serve when you want and ENJOY 🙂

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