Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers down south! What are your plans this weekend? I’m looking forward to soaking up some of Vancouver’s crisp sunny weather and to hanging out with my mom on Sunday for a good old fashioned Christmas cake-off. (Yes the traditional fruit-cake kind. Are you a hater or a lover? I’m a lover!!) Haha, it really is crazy to think the holiday season is upon us…. almost…. (OK time to admit it, it really is here!) Are you like me and feel a bit wary about it all? There’s just so much to do..)
Well let’s start the season off right and put aside all the ribbons, receipts and to-do lists. Let’s focus on some feel-good seasonal vibes today: holiday baking. Today’s post celebrates a fantastic brownie recipe that just can’t go wrong. These goodies are gooey, fudgey, crunchy, and have a delicate hazelnut flavour to keep things new!
So… have I convinced you to add this to your holiday baking list yet? If not, then I guess you have to try one yourself to believe me. Yes it’s true, these brownies are incredible, and it’s a no-brainer why— I adapted the recipe from one of my favourite, go-to bakeries out there, Butter Bakery! If you haven’t been yet, it is definitely worth checking out. (If I could ever live a second life, I’d like to think that I would open a bakery like Butter one day!)
Chocolate Hazelnut Holiday Brownies
Yield: 16 brownies. Supplies: 9 x 9 inch pan lined with parchment paper.
1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup chopped,roasted hazelnuts (roast at broil for 2 mins). 1/2 cup dark cocoa 2 1/2 cup good quality chocolate chips 1 cup butter 2 tbsp cream (or if you're feeling devilish, irish whisky) 4 large eggs 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1/2 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to broil, then roast lightly chopped hazelnuts for 2 mins or until gently golden. Remove nuts from oven and allow to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 350F.
2. Sift flour and cocoa together in a large bowl. I used a whisk and this worked really well. Set bowl aside.
3. In a double boiler, melt 2 cups of chocolate chips with the butter. Whisk to combine. Remove bowl from heat and allow to cool slightly before whisking in the cream or the whiskey.
4. In a stand up mixer, beat together the eggs, sugar, salt until pale yellow. With the mixer on low speed, add he melted chocolate to the egg mixture and beat to combine. Make sure that you scrape down the sides a few times during this process. Add the dry ingredients to the mixture and beat again until well combined.
5. Remove bowl from the mixer and fold in the cooled, roasted hazelnuts and the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the brownies are firm to the touch. Stick a tester wooden spike into the centre of the brownies to test their gooeyness. If the batter is too gloopy it needs an extra minute or so. The brownie should still be soft in the centre however.
7. Remove the brownies from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan before cutting and eating. Yum! Enjoy
Recipe Credit: Butter Bakery and Baked Goods.
And there you go! Just a quick piece of advice– make sure that you are careful in the final few minutes of baking these little treats and test the centre of your brownies with a wooden stick. No one likes dry brownies but ooey (read: uncooked) isn’t the same thing as gooey. Opt for a fudgy texture that does not glom onto to your tester stick but that is soft in texture. You will love these. MMM!
Have a great month ahead!
PS: I’ve recently been discussing the influence anxiety has on our lives with a close friend of mine. We hummed and hawed about how anxiety can get in the way of confidence, self esteem and ambition. This web-page took “anxiety,” turned it upside-down and teased it a little!– if anxiety could send you a text message, this is what it would write to you. Why listen to THAT? ;)
PPS: This blogger’s holiday gift guide always makes me smile every year (and sometimes tear up!) I love her posts because I can usually think of someone in my life who fits the description perfectly.
PPPS: I just bought this cushion for my couch! I love the black screen print on the crisp linen. Early Christmas present to myself..! (First of many times I use that line I fear…)