Those of you who follow me on Pinterest may have noticed the amount of things I regularly re-pin on my ‘Desserts’ board. In fact, I can quite easily spend hours salivating over beautiful recipes, making a promise to myself that one day, I would actually bother to try them.
Unfortunately, I’m no Nigella, and while I can cook the basics, baking has never been something I have been particularly successful with. The Bloke, however, thoroughly enjoys it and our cupboards are filled with various trays and things that I have no idea what they do…
That is, until I discovered a recipe for brownies that used only three ingredients – a jar of Nutella (which I can eat just with a spoon), eggs and flour. Bargain. However, as I was following the recipe I found that my own attempts looked nothing like the pictures, so I added my own additional ingredient.
Thirty minutes later, I discovered that my ‘brownies’ had in fact turned into the most beautiful sponge I had ever made. Light, fluffy, gorgeous… Even The Bloke was impressed when I proudly presented him with a large piece, smothered in more Nutella and topped with mini-marshmallows and chopped hazelnuts.
I’ve since tried it twice more, and each time I get the same result, so I thought I’d share it with you.
Note 1: This recipe is not suitable for anyone who is allergic to nuts, eggs and gluten, anyone who is on a diet of any kind and/or anyone who is concerned about their BMI or their blood sugar levels. This is a calorific bake of yumminess that is perfect for pretending to your friends and family that you have skills in the kitchen.
Note 2: I don’t take myself too seriously, therefore this post doesn’t either. The recipe, however, does indeed work.
Note 3: I can’t find the original recipe I used (typical), but when I do I will link it at the bottom of the page.
1 450g jar of Nutella
70g self-raising flour
1. Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 4/ 180 C/ 350 F (I hope that’s correct, I had to Google it)
2. Spoon out about 3/4 of the Nutella into a microwaveable bowl. Heat for 20 seconds until the Nutella is slightly runny.
3. Attempt to avoid directly spooning the melted Nutella directly into the mouth.
4. Put the rest of the ingredients into a bowl. Whisk – a hand mixer is not necessary as this takes very little effort (and saves on the washing up).
5. Add the melted Nutella and whisk until the mixture is combined.
6. Place into a tin lined with baking paper, or fill paper baking cases almost to the top in a muffin tin. I’ve used both, and both have worked perfectly well. In fact, I couldn’t find the brownie tin so I used a loaf tin instead… Very professional I know.
7. Put on the middle shelf of the oven for 25 minutes. Test with a knife, and it should come out clean. Bake for another 5 – 10 minutes if it doesn’t. Check it regularly at this point.
8. Place on a rack to cool. Ignore The Bloke when he tells you to leave it alone for a while and excitedly start preparing the toppings.
9. The toppings can be absolutely anything you want. The topping world is your oyster (although I wouldn’t advise using oysters – nobody needs large clumps of snot with their cake). I chose to decorate mine with Nutella (by melting another few spoonfuls from the remaining contents of the jar) and added mini-marshmallows and chopped nuts on the top, but this sponge is suitable for buttercream, hundreds-and-thousands, fondant flowers…
10. Wait until the cake is cool enough to place the toppings on without melting everywhere and causing a mess. Ideally, those of you with patience should wait until it is completely cool.
11. Take pictures of your creation and share it all across your social media accounts to show off.
12. Divide the cake into 8 squares (7 for me, 1 for The Bloke).
There you go! Feel free to give it a try – I’d love to see whether it works for you!
Do you have any recipes that you show off with?
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