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Nutella Avocado Brownies

We haven’t met and we’ll likely never meet, but that doesn’t stop me from wondering what it would be like.

For me, it always begins with a beautiful smile and I envision you having just that. In fact, I’m smiling right now at the thought of your smile.

Like me, you adore Nutella, that’s got to count for something, right?

I wonder how we’d manage in the kitchen together. I know I’d want to cook for you and I know you’d feel the same way. I guess it would depend on the size of the kitchen. Maybe one is responsible for wine and music while the other is busy cooking away. Or maybe we’re both in the kitchen regardless of its size because it would be fun to find reasons to reach around you and breath in your apple honey shampoo scent.

As much as we share a love of food, we also enjoy fresh air and exercise to burn off all those butter and deep-fried calories. Sure, I like seeing a girl get all dressed up for a fancy night out, but what I enjoy even more is seeing that same girl let her hair down, throw on a t-shirt and a pair of shorts (or capris) and toss a football or frisbee around. Maybe we’ll have a little picnic. Maybe brownies will be our dessert. Maybe the brownies will be made of Nutella and avocado.

Just like us, we’re unique and special in our own way and when we’re united, we become an even better unique, the crazy and awesome kind. Nutella and avocado are both delicious on their own, so why not together? The first bite is definitely Nutella and the lingering taste is absolutely no doubt avocado.

It really works. Believe it.

Nutella Avocado Brownies

  • 1/4 cup of butter – room temperature
  • 1/2 of brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ripe mashed avocados
  • 1/3 cup of Nutella
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9×9 baking pan.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar well.
  3. Add the egg, avocados, Nutella and beat together.
  4. Sift and add the flour, baking powder, salt and beat again.
  5. Mix in the almonds and vanilla and stir together.
  6. Pour into the pan and bake for about 25 minutes at 350F or until a toothpick is inserted into the center and comes out with just a little batter on it.
  7. Cool for about 15 minutes and cut into squares.
  8. Enjoy the magic of Nutella and avocado.
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Handwritten Brownies

Before there were computers, there were typewriters and before that there was this crazy thing called paper and it was used in combination with this writing instrument called a “pen” that was essentially an extension of one’s hand. By putting pressure on this “pen” and moving it around in certain directions, one was able to write in which it could be read by others. Crazy concept huh?

Now that my journey to yesteryear is complete, let’s focus on this handwritten recipe I’m obviously trying to get at. Not surprisingly, this is another recipe that comes from my grandmother’s cookbook, but it’s not her recipe. It belonged to her cousin’s wife Beverly, so they are aptly named “Beverly’s Brownies” and based on various factors, I’m pinning this brownie recipe at a minimum of 60 years old. One sure tell-tale sign is the total disregard for healthy eating with the amount of sugar in it!

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against sugar, I happen to love it, but I was struck with the amount of it in the recipe. However, since I love brownies and since I happened to find a recipe that calls begs for frosting, who am I to argue? They turned out soft and chewy with a ton of chocolate, marshmallows and the slightest little crunch from the walnuts. Beverly knew her brownies!

I was so in awe of the decadence of this brownie, I decided to measure it. This is what I came up with and even though I’m Canadian but prefer to think in miles, feet and inches, I decided to stay true to my Canadian roots, plus, as you will see the measurements work out better!

But for those who need a little tutorial. Here you are…1 centimeter (cm) = 0.393 inches.

We have 4 cm’s in total which works out to…

  • 2 cm’s of brownie goodness
  • 1 cm of soft marshmallow gooeyness
  • 1 cm of honest to goodness dentist-hating-cavity-causing chocolate frosting.

Beverly’s Brownies

(For those that can’t make out the hand-written recipe, here it is again in her own words with a few additions in a slightly more reader-friendly format)

Brownies

  • 1/2 cup butter + 1 cup sugar – cream
  • Combine to the mix 1 egg, 2 squares melted unsweetened chocolate and 1/3 cup milk and beat together.
  • Sift and add 1 cup flour, dash of salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Mix in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 1 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting

  • Melt 1/4 cup butter, add 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup milk bring to boil stirring constantly.
  • Cook over low heat for 10-12 minutes gradually add 2 squares of unsweetened melted chocolate stirring constantly.
  • Remove pan from heat. (I leave icing in pan until thick for spreading.)

Pour into greased square dish at 325 for about 25 minutes.

When baked while hot, add miniature marshmallows on top until covered and frost with chocolate frosting when cool.

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