There is something wonderful about what the overwhelming reactions you receive from people when you say the word ‘brownie’ out loud. Eyes light up, mouths start to salivate, and if they’re fresh out of the oven, there’s no holding back. Yes, I am one of those people who always burn my mouth on freshly baked goods, lured in by the incredible scent and unable to wait until they have appropriately cooled.
There is always much debate in our kitchen about what constitutes a good brownie and whether importantly, you prefer a piece from the edges of the tin or from the middle (for the record, I love a fudgy, not fully cooked brownie and cut me a corner piece please). As for filling, there are so many options, be they nutty or fruity, but for me, not surprisingly, the more chocolate the better!
These brownies are incredibly delicious and always a crowd pleaser. They are deep, dense and fudgy, with hints of gooey sweetness thanks to the addition of our handmade gianduja. For those of you wondering, gianduja is a traditional Italian confection and is the combination of chocolate and hazelnut paste, but quite often the traditional recipe has quite a lot of sugar added. Our gianduja is a slightly more refined take on this classic, and we choose to use only single origin milk chocolate, pure hazelnut paste we make ourselves from Italian organic hazelnuts, and crushed hazelnut pieces to add final texture and crunch.