After yesterday’s post you didn’t think I would just let go of the Nutella-cherry jam combo, did you? Especially since I bought a 2-pack of it at CostCo this week as a “surprise present” for Nate 🙂 I told you guys, first loves never die…and this is definitely a first love.
I think it’s pretty clear where my inspiration for these brownies came from, and I have to say I don’t know if I can ever EVER go back to regular old brownies again.
OK, that’s a lie.
The thing is these brownies brought us together as a family too. Nate and I both had rough days yesterday, but the moment he asked if I needed help chopping hazelnuts (which I did) everything changed. Plus he got to use his new cleaver. His name is Bruce.
Look at Bruce go!
In all seriousness though baking these was a family affair and for that I’m so thankful. That’s just another thing I love about food – the ability to bring others together around a common goal: to EAT! The brownies are luscious, chewy, perfectly chocolate-y and Nutella-y, and finish with a little tart from the jam and crunch from the hazelnuts. Make it for family and friends or just yourself. I won’t tell.
- 2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup Nutella
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- pinch salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup + 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts (filberts), skinned and chopped
- 1 cup cherry preserves (I use Bonne Maman)
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 6 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 pan with butter. In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the Nutella, eggs, and vanilla and mix until smooth and creamy. In another bowl sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the 1 cup of hazelnuts. Pour into the pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes then top with cherry preserves. While the brownies + cherry preserves is cooling, bring the cream to a simmer in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium low heat. Once it’s simmering remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips until smooth. Drizzle over the cherry preserves and top with remaining 1/4 cup hazelnuts.