there is no dainty way to go about eating this one, short of freezing the bugger prior to consumption. i dived in as soon as this came out of the oven and emerged with a nutella/chocolate moustache, nay, beard. i’ll admit it. it was kind of cute… if you are in to the whole bearded lady thing.
that actually brings me to a not-so-brief segue that has absolutely nothing to do with baking (although i will nobly attempt to tie it in). i am a firm believer that everyone deserves to be loved…even bearded ladies. when people look at a cute guy and say “oh wow, he’s attractive, but his girlfriend is not cute at all,” or vis versa, i think, why on earth can’t a cute person date a non-cute person without ridicule and judgement? i mean, honestly, everyone deserves to be loved. non-cute people should not be forced to only date non-cute people. same goes for the cute people. that being said, i was watching a tv program about the world’s strangest couples a couple of years ago. the tallest man in the world was able to find his match with a quadriplegic dwarf, and my personal favorite, monkey girl, found love with the dashing alligator boy. i guess that doesn’t really seem like appropriate examples for my whole “cute & non-cute unite” schpeal… except that alligator boy really was super cute… as long as you disregard the scales… now for that noble attempt at bringing myself back to the true intent of this post, and more importantly, this blog: even if you eat the treat above and come out with a nutella beard, you will still be loved (or at least deserve to be). the end.
alright, back to the baking. i found this recipe on another food blog, and was immediately intrigued. chocolate, nutella, crumbles, and bars = all very good things. i first became obsessed with nutella when i went to this french camp thingamajig in belgium after high school. toast with nutella was pretty much my bread and butter… so my bread and nutella… hmm.. anyways… it was great. it came in cute little packages, which is always a bonus. so basically, whenever there is something involving nutella, i am game. bc it’s great. honestly. now, one of my many roommates had never (never!) tasted nutella. mon dieu! mon coeur! i needed to rectify this situation. so for his birthday i baked him these chocolate hazelnut crumble bars. it was also the day our new roommate from spain moved in, so i wanted to wow him/make him like me best right off the bat.
what you’ll need: 1/2 cup nutella, 3/4 cup chocolate chips, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup butter (softened), 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. preheat oven to 350 degrees f. line an 8-inch square pan with wax paper long enough that it comes up across opposite sides.
2. melt the nutella and chocolate chips on a double boiler. then set aside to cool.
(i didn’t have a double boiler, so i made this make shift thing. i pretty much just found a metal bowl and plopped it inside an appropriate sized pot, and voila! it was a pain in the butt to remove and hold later, but we will call it a success nonetheless.)
3. in a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
4. in another bowl, beat butter with electric mixer until creamy. slowly add in sugar until smooth. add eggs one at a time then add vanilla. gradually add dry ingredients until well incorporated.
5. take 2/3 of the dough and press thinly onto bottom of the pan. pour in the chocolate/nutella mixture on top and spread evenly. (be careful with your dough proportions. i ended up putting too much in the bottom and didn’t have enough to crumble on top. also, the dough is not very sweet, so the unsweetness is much more apparent when biting into an inch think layer at the bottom…)
6. crumble the rest of the dough and sprinkle on top of the chocolate. if the dough is a bit wet, add a little more flour to it.
7. bake for 20 minutes until golden brown on top. let cool for 10 minutes.
makes 16 bars. eat. enjoy. make people like you best. “grow” a nutella ‘stache.