I did a baking workshop this past weekend and had to find recipes that incorporated coffee into baking. I did some research and played around with a few recipes and then came up with these guys. The coffee makes these brownies decadently rich and adds an amazing flavour that makes you go back for more! (yes, its a problem….) The Nutella on the top gives a gorgeous nutty twist but you could use a normal chocolate ganache if you don’t like Nutella (Do those people actually exist??)
175 g unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup good quality dark chocolate
1/4 cup brewed coffee
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp Vanilla Essence or extract
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup Nutella
- Preheat the oven to 180 C
- Line a square baking tin with baking paper, with an extra 1cm on the sides.
- Melt the butter and chocolate together over a pan of simmering water. Stir until smooth and combined; leave to cool for 5 minutes
- Meanwhile, sift the flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa powder together.
- Add the coffee to the chocolate mixture and mix.
- Whisk the eggs and then add a little bit of the chocolate mixture to the eggs. Whisk and then add the rest of the chocolate mixture and whisk again.
- Add the vanilla essence and mix. Add the flour mixture and sugar; stir well to combine
- Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for around 20 to 25 minutes. What you are looking for is a thin crust on top and if you put pressure on it, it will crack and be mushy underneath! Your brain will tell you that they are not ready, but you want them to be gooey so that when they chill in the fridge they will have that dense, soft and squidgy brownie consistency!
- Once the brownies have cooled a little bit – but still a bit warm you can spread the Nutella over the top. Drop the Nutella in blobs around the surface, allow the heat of the brownies to melt the Nutella a little which will make it easier to spread over the delicate surface.
- When the brownies are at room temperature, refridgerate for a few hours and then cut into squares.