One of the things most people can agree on is the amazing combination that is chocolate and hazelnut. From Ferrero Rochers to giandua gelato, the classic combination has made many a palate swoon (mine included!).
For Easter one of our friends planned a potluck at a local park. I’ve had my eye on this recipe for some time and decided to make it as my contribution.
This comes together very easily. It is essentially a crumble topping that is layered with straight-up Nutella. I microwaved the Nutella at a minute on the low setting to get it warmed up and easier to spread, but it still was difficult (pulling up the underside of the crumble as I spread it around). I actually used just a bit less than one jar of Nutella (blame the decadent banana/Nutella/peanut butter toasts I ate for breakfast around finals), but it still worked out. The original recipe states to use double the amount of Nutella if you’re really crazy about the ingredient — I love the flavor, but that amount would mean much too much sugar for me.
The resulting crumble is not soft at all — the bars are rich and rather hard, but extremely tasty. I recommend cutting them while they were still warm out of the oven, which will allow you to cut smaller pieces than the ones I was able to cut when the crumble was cold. I’d like to try making this again but instead with an oatmeal cookie/bar batter, and swirling the Nutella throughout. These were a hit at the picnic!
(Photo by Shannon!)
Nutella Fudge Crumble
From: Eat My Cake Now, “Nutella Fudge Crumble”
Makes one 9×13″ pan
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups old-fashioned (rolled) oats
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 13 ounce container Nutella
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
- Whisk together the flour, old-fashioned oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Pour the melted butter and stir to incorporate the butter.
- Set aside 1½ to 2 cups of the mixture, then turn the remaining dough into the buttered pan.
- Gently press the dough over the bottom of the pan.
- Pour the Nutella over the oatmeal crust, then scatter the remaining oatmeal mixture over the top.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown. Let cool.