Nutella Ganache Brownies and Peanut Butter Cream

by cakeduchess on September 27, 2010 · 25 comments

We meet again, my love. I know you are not good for me, yet, your sweet nothings and international charms have drawn me in once again. You broke my heart when I found out you had other loves. That I wasn’t your one and only. I tried to distance myself from you and your beguiling ways.
I managed to peel myself away from your tempting web.  I was stronger than you imagined. You called out to me in Italy the last few years, but I had my pride, and looked the other way. Destiny sometimes has a different plan.

And so, once again, I am a slave to your sweet whispers.
The dust has been cleared from your shelf. There is room for peanut butter too.  

My dear, dolce Nutella. Ti amo.
I kinda like you too peanut butter.
These are the Mac Daddy of brownies. You will want this melted down and pumped into an IV. If you got a cavity or lost a tooth or two with my other Nutella recipes, I’m sorry. It’s going to get worse for your choppers.
I made these this weekend for a party. My kids were eating the peanut butter cream faster than I could layer it on the brownies. These are serious brownies. Seriously pretty with the different layers: the shiny Nutella ganache. The fabulous peanut butter cream. Don’t be intimidated by the different steps. Feel free to email me with any questions. I will walk you through it! cakeduchess @ aol.com (all connected, I separated it for spammers).
How do you do this?You make these in three parts. First, do the brownies. If you looked at or made my Nutella Skillet Brownies, it’s the same recipe. Just don’t do them in a cast iron skillet (or oven-proof skillet). Bake the brownies in a 9″x 9 ” baking pan.

While the brownies are baking, make the ganache and the peanut butter layer. The ganache has to be cooled, so make sure to make them while brownies are in oven.

Nutella Ganache Brownies and Peanut Butter
makes 16 brownies
Brownies
1 cup unsalted butter 

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons Nutella

Step 1: Brownie Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter and flour a 9″x9″ baking pan. I prefer to use Pam Baking Spray. Melt the butter in a small pan. Combine the flour and cocoa powder. When the butter has melted, pour it into a medium sized metal mixing bowl. Add the sugar to the melted butter and beat until combines. Next, beat the eggs, vanilla, and salt into the butter mixture until smooth. Mix in the flour/cocoa powder mixture. Fold in the 3 tablespoons of Nutella. Refrain from eating the Nutella off the measuring spoons.
 
Bake brownies for about 30-40 minutes. Check oven around 28 minutes. You don’t want to overbake. Every oven is different.
 
Step 2: Nutella Ganache
1/4 cup heavy cream (I used organic heavy cream)
5 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 tablespoons Nutella
 
Bring the heavy cream to a boil in a medium sauce pan on medium-high heat. Make sure to stir occasionally. Remove pan from heat, and stir in the chopped chocolate until it is combined. Fold in the Nutella. Let the ganache cool in a metal bowl with plastic wrap on top of bowl. The wrap will stop the ganache from forming a skin. Stir the ganache occasionally.
 
Step 3: Peanut Butter Cream

1 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons hot water

Beat the peanut butter, butter, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract, and enough hot water to make a smooth cream. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you mix the ingredients.

Brownie Assembly
When the brownies are completely cooled, turn them over onto your serving plate. Spread the peanut butter cream evenly over the brownies.

When the ganache is completely cooled, spread the ganache over the peanut butter cream. If it flows over the side, lift it up with a flat spatula, and spread evenly over the peanut butter cream. Make sure to spread ganache evenly. Let it stand at room temperature for about an hour until it is set.

When the ganache has set, cut into squares. Score the brownies first.It is important to have a clean knife while you are cutting the squares. Each time you make a cut, clean the knife with a paper towel or a towel.

See how clean the cuts are?

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara September 27, 2010 at 2:08 am

You have done it again!!! Nutella Ganache with peanut butter looks soooo good!!! I wish I was a baker..but I suck at it!! can you ship me some brownies?!!! :))

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Cake Duchess September 27, 2010 at 2:16 am

Thank you Sara. :)They were out of control delicious!lol. Was hard to bring them to the party that night.

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baking.serendipity September 27, 2010 at 2:23 am

These are serious brownies. They look so good! I love Nutella and peanut butter…this recipe is a must try! Thanks :)

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Cake Duchess September 27, 2010 at 2:27 am

Thank you Sarah. You have to make them! Super good combo!! :)

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twistedkitchen September 27, 2010 at 5:34 am

Yum! Those look so good!

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Koci September 27, 2010 at 6:26 am

Ohhh this post made me laugh! No one could fault you for succumbing to the powers of Nutella–it’s happened to all of us. :D These look delicious!

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notyet100 September 27, 2010 at 8:38 am

mmmmm yummy,..

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Nesrine September 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

sinfully delish :))))

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Nesrine September 27, 2010 at 10:12 am

I just read that you are married to an Italian,,,I live in Italy(Bologna), nice to meet u.

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Noelle September 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm

So sinful! Great job on a great recipe!

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Carol Egbert September 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Sweet, creamy, chocolate and nuts – what else could you possibly need!

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Jamie September 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

OMG this is so outrageously overboard and I am so loving it! Peanut butter and chocolate is the best but brownies, peanut butter cream and ganache? Oh lord, heaven and I want some! Stunning!

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Eliana September 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

WOW – the king of all brownies for sure! These look incredible.

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Made With Pink September 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm

OK – these look AMAZING! I must try them!

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C&C Cakery September 28, 2010 at 2:16 am

Peanut butter and Nutella? Oh man – so. much. goodness. I bet these look sweeter than they actually are too – can’t wait to try them and share with our sugar-adoring friends.

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C&C Cakery September 28, 2010 at 2:16 am

Peanut butter and Nutella? Oh man – so. much. goodness. I bet these look sweeter than they actually are too – can’t wait to try them and share with our sugar-adoring friends.

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C&C Cakery September 28, 2010 at 2:16 am

Peanut butter and Nutella? Oh man – so. much. goodness. I bet these look sweeter than they actually are too – can’t wait to try them and share with our sugar-adoring friends.

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C&C Cakery September 28, 2010 at 2:16 am

Peanut butter and Nutella? Oh man – so. much. goodness. I bet these look sweeter than they actually are too – can’t wait to try them and share with our sugar-adoring friends.

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Cake Duchess September 28, 2010 at 2:34 am

Happy you all liked this combination. Happy baking!:)

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Chef Chuck September 29, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Yes, Cake Duchess, the ingredient is killing me!
Happy to have found your blog:)

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Alexandria October 4, 2010 at 4:34 am

omg…this looks positively sinful. Yum! :)

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Tücsök Bogár October 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Ezt viszem hozzánk , Magyarországra ! :)

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Anna Johnston November 12, 2010 at 4:04 am

Oh My!!! This is one serious site and I’ve fallen madly in love with these. I usually manage to not get so involved at first sight but these OMG.
I may die from eating these, that is if I get past making the Peanut Butter Cream or the Nutella Ganache.

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gobakeyourself January 23, 2012 at 3:03 am

You obviously do not like me if you want to torture me until I gain double my current waistline. These look incredible! And include the best of both nutty worlds :D
What a fantastic blog you have!!!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
Latest: Nutella Baking Week

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