Hazelnut brownies

Chocolate, chocolate.... and cakes.... combine them and you'll get a brownie!

I made this cake at the wish of my daughter. In fact we were doing it together: I was cutting the chocolate, she was throwing them in the bowl to melt... and what a lovely experience we had!
When I've read the recipe I had one remark... there is no raising agent in this cake.... no baking powder, no yeast.... hmmm... I was wandering if will raise or just stay flat and dense. Well, when the cake was in the oven I was watching it closely in the beginning to see if it will become solid at first and get a crust. When I saw that this was happening I was going away from the oven and do other thing. When the alarm of the oven rang, I had a shock... seeing the most weird raise of a cake. It was tall on the edges and in the middle in 2 little hills. When my daughter saw it, she said loudly...mommy it got breasts... and we all had a good laugh together. (you can see them in the plates by the way :) )

The brownie was incredibly delicious... so my daughter ate 3 pieces, one after another. DE LI CI OUS ! And a little secret .... I'll redo this cake for the birthday party of my daughter .... sssssst.

  • 400g of black chocolate
  • 100g of hazelnuts (sliced in 3-4 pieces)
  • 250g butter (diced)
  • 100g of sugar (my chocolate was already a bit sweet so I have reduced drastically the initial recommendation of 300g... and I'll have done it anyway!)
  • 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 8 eggs

  1. In the metallic bowl of the standing mixer (if you do not have one, use another metallic or heat-resistant bowl) melt the chocolate in bain marie.
  2. Add icing sugar and butter in the melted chocolate and mix until well combined. 
  3. Remove the bowl from the heating source and put it back to the mixer.
  4. Start mixing and add the eggs one by one while mixing continuously because the chocolate is hot.
  5. Add sugar, flour and hazelnuts and mix.
  6. Butter the cake pan. I have used a glass one but any type can be used.
  7. Pour the chocolate composition into the pan.
  8. Bake the brownie in the preheated oven at 170ºC for 1 hour.
  9. When done, take it out of the oven and let it cool in the pan before cutting it.

Recipe inspired from Marmiton les meilleures recettes de pâtisserie et desserts de Marmiton, page 151.


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