"Mouthfeel" Brownies

June 17, 2012

In an effort to bake something fun for a friend's barbecue using only ingredients I had on hand, I decided to whip up a batch of brownies using a mixture of recipes. I had recently acquired a jar of cocoa almond spread (the poor man's Nutella) and was in a hurry to use it up before I ended up eating the entire jar at 3am on a Saturday. I figured the spread would make any brownie recipe moist and sweet so I added it into a recipe I found on Foodily (great recipe website and app-- get it!) and a recipe for brownies I had made several months ago from Hershey's website. The result was quite an interesting brownie, one I can only describe as having an interesting "mouthfeel". I learned not many people are familiar with this term when I brought the brownies to the barbecue, but all I can say is they simply disintegrate in your mouth. One friend even referred to them as "Passover brownies", hence, having the flavor of a flour-less brownie. The brownies had a rich chocolate flavor due to the spread and the added cocoa, but were just all around odd when you took a bite. A friend of mine said I should post my recipe "flops" to my blog, so, here you have it, the closest thing to a recipe mess-up, thus far!

All of your ingredients

Add 1/2 cup of flour to a bowl

Add 1/4 tsp baking powder

Stir in 1/4 tsp salt

In a separate bowl crack two eggs

Add about 1/2 cup of Nutella or cocoa almond spread, or as much as your heart desires, & add 1/2 cup of sugar

Very appetizing at this point

Add 1 tsp vanilla

Pour in 1/2 cup (1 stick) of melted butter

Beat on low-medium speed until all wet ingredients are incorporated
Add 1/3 cup of cocoa to your dry ingredients

Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients

Again, beat on low-medium speed until dry ingredients are incorporated

Pour in some chocolate chips, I used about 1 cup or so

Fold chocolate chips into the brownie batter

Spread brownie batter evenly into a 9X9 or 8X8 greased pan

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean

Cool completely and cut into 16 squares
"Mouthfeel" Brownies
Recipe adapted from Food.com & Hershey's

1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 (or more) Nutella or cocoa almond spread
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9X9 or 8X8 pan
2. Combine all dry ingredients in one bowl: flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa, salt and stir together
3. Combine all wet ingredients in one bowl: eggs, vanilla, Nutella, and melted butter.
4. Mix wet ingredients with an electric mixer on low-medium speed until all ingredients are well blended
5. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix again on low-medium speed
6. Fold in chocolate chips
7. Spread brownie batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
8. Cool completely before cutting into 16 squares

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