Ginger Espresso Nutella Brownies

by cakeduchess on February 5, 2011 · 40 comments

I have been dreaming of this day! World Nutella Day! Yippee! A day dedicated to my favorite spread. My darling Nutella. SmileMy love and affection for Nutella runs deep; I once even wrote you a love letter, Nutella.

Yes, this is how Nutella got it’s own special World Nutella Day! Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso , solemnly declare Saturday, February 5th “World Nutella Day 2011″ – a day to celebrate, to get creative with, and most importantly, to EAT Nutella. You can read the rest of the story about how they came up with this FABULOUS idea!

Nutella is not just an amazing spread that I can’t stop baking with. It is more to me than a tempting and delicious baking accompaniment. Besides the obvious pasta, Nutella is one of the things that evokes such powerful food memories for me. I have such fond memories of simple lunches on the beach in Sicily when I was a little girl. Days spent idling away in the sand and in the crystal clear water with all of my cousins.

Here is how our day would begin, every day, all summer long: we would wake up in the morning and off we would go the short walk to the beach. The path started from the patio where we ate our meals all day long. A patio that had a table big enough to seat my seven cousins, myself, my brother, and all my aunts and uncles every day in the summer months. Our bags would be packed with some towels, our beach toys, and our Nutella pannini. We would take long walks. Some exploratory walks would take us hours. We would then come back and dig in the sand with our nets and look for clams. Who knew or cared about sun protection? My Zia Angela would be waiting for us at the house cooking her heart out just a few steps away; my dream house.

A house that was built by my Zio right on the beach. The garden consisted of vibrant green vines hanging heavily with juicy grapes. They were growing beautifully in the hot Mediterranean sun. Grapes that they would  harvest in the fall and make into their potent and delicious wine. One year when we were living there we got to see them making the wine. A delicious wine that I remember tasting that burned my tongue with its spicy flavor. My parents weren’t with my brother and I that one summer. Would they mind that we were tasting wine?


Here I am. Little blonde me in a sea of beautiful brunettes. I’m sitting next to my Zia Angela and some of my gorgeous cousins.
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Here is a photo of my daddy with his sister Angela the last time they saw each other in 2003 in Sicily.  Too many years have passed since he saw his five siblings in Sicily. Unfortunately, illness can make traveling difficult. Photos, letters, and memories is what he has for now. They are sitting in front of the doors to her kitchen. Looking at the photo I can just smell the wood burning oven’s smell drifting out. I’m dreaming of her pizzas. My daddy always said Angela was the best cook of his four sisters.

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This week I did a guest post for my gorgeous friend Lindsey. I made her these incredible brownies. This is the basically the same recipe only this time I thought the brownies needed a touch of espresso! Hard to believe they were even better! Winking smile 

Spooning in the Nutella. I may have put in a little more than 4 tablespoons. Winking smile
Folding in the Greek yogurt. I think it made it even more moist and smooth.

This time I made the brownies in a mini muffin pan and also in a regular muffin pan lined with red liners. With this exact recipe it made 12 mini muffins and 5 regular sized ones. I filled it almost to the top. It would probably make one tray of 12 regular sized muffins…depending on how high you fill each cup.

Ginger Espresso Nutella Brownies
Yields: approximately 12 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
2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground espresso (I use Lavazza Winking smile)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
4 tablespoons Nutella

extra Nutella to spread on top
candied ginger, chopped to garnish


Spray 2 mini muffin pans or 1 regular size muffin pan. You could use a 9 x 9 inch pan. If you use the 9 x 9 inch pan, line the pan with parchment paper and spray the parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Melt the butter in a small pan on medium-low heat. Poor the butter into a medium sized bowl and let it cool a couple of minutes. While the butter is cooling, in a small bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, ground espresso, and cocoa powder. Add the sugar to the melted butter and beat until combined. Next, beat the eggs, vanilla, and salt into the butter mixture until smooth. Mix in the flour/cocoa powder mixture. Fold in the Nutella and Greek yogurt.
Spread the batter into your prepared pans. The mini muffin bakes in about 20-25 minutes. The regular size pan in about 35-40 minutes. The 9 x 9 inch baking pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. If you used the 9 x 9 inch pan, pull out the brownies with the parchment paper. Spread on some more Nutella on top and some candied ginger give it a little oomph.Smile

Now if this Ginger Espresso Nutella Brownie isn’t enough…you have to check out some other desserts I’ve made with Nutella in recent months! I have gone a little Nutella crazy! I can’t wait to bake more with Nutella! Ti amo Nutella!!!

Crostata alla Nutella
Nutella Cake
Pumpkin Butterscotch Nutella Bread
Caramel Apple Bundt Cake with Nutella Ganache
Nutella Skillet Brownies

Now don’t go asking me to pick a favorite! That’s like asking me to choose which is my favorite child. Well, not exactly. We’re tallking Nutella. Ok…are you ready? THIS was my all-time favorite of all the Nutella desserts I’ve baked so far. Holy NUTELLA and PEANUT BUTTER! My eyes are glazing over again. YUM!

Nutella Ganache Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting


My darling friend Paula just launched an incredible website dedicated to Nutella! Check it out when you get a moment. You won’t want to leave:)

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels February 5, 2011 at 4:26 am

Oh my word, those look soooo insanely good. I love how you added espresso and made them in muffin pans. And the candied ginger on top is just the perfect addition.
I’m in love with these Ginger Espresso Nutella Brownies. I would love to devour them all. :)


Keaton February 5, 2011 at 4:40 am

Ohh my goodness, these look delicious! I’ve only had Nutella once, but it was soo good. And espresso? Made into brownies?! These look dangerous!! :)


Sandra February 5, 2011 at 4:43 am

Those are amazing, mouthwatering photos. I am confident to say that my husband is the worse Nutella addict and he would love all those sweet treats… to buzz you!:))


Chris February 5, 2011 at 4:52 am

ooooh….Nutella….Love it!! I saw that ginger in the first pic an thought, “score!”

Do you deliver? :)


Monet February 5, 2011 at 5:27 am

I loved this recipe (how could I not be happy with nutella brownies?) But what I loved even more was hearing your childhood recollections. I can just imagine you on those beaches…with your cousins…drinking that spicy wine. Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you have a great weekend. I’m ready for some warmth!


tastesbetterwithfriends February 5, 2011 at 7:10 am

Happy Nutella Day to you Lora! I know this day to you almost borders on a religious holiday:)
I love the shot with the shadows, very cool!
And as usual, I love the little glimpses of your history. I can almost smell the pizza too!


Jill Colonna February 5, 2011 at 9:51 am

These look just fabulous and beautiful pictures as ever! Saw your guest post: well done! I also adore the family photos and hearing the memories.
Bon weekend!


Michelle | Bleeding Espresso February 5, 2011 at 10:00 am

Mmmm combining many of my favorite things :) Thanks for participating; Happy World Nutella Day!


Lick My Spoon February 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I love how unuasually beautiful your pics are. The browniess looks fabulous and happy nutella day to you too!


Raw_Girl February 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Gorgeous pix…Nice combination..never tried ginger with coffee. Cupcakes are out of my league – Will try zinging up my daily joe with some ginger. Thanks for the inspiration.


Nina | Salt February 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm

These look fabulous! Beautiful pics and a lovely post! Adore the family photos :)


Sourkraut February 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Happy World Nutella Day! I kind of wish you hadn’t posted this because it looks so darn good that I want to run downstairs and make it now. Only trouble is I just baked a batch of Nutella brownies with peanut butter cups last night. I fear any further baking at this point would be overkill but I doubt I’ll be able to resist this recipe long.


happywhennothungry February 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Happy Nutella Day!! Your brownies look amazing!


domenicacooks February 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Ciao Lora,
Like you, I have many wonderful memories of summers spent in Italy with family and friends. Thanks for sharing yours.


Pretend Chef February 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm

What a fun day to celebrate! These are prefect for the occasion. Yummy! I love the family photos!


Foodiva February 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Nutella really does make the world go around! Your brownies look incredible, Lora. I’ve got to dig into my Nutella jar to make these now!


sara @ CaffeIna February 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Chocolate, espresso, nutella and ginger all in a treat? This is better than Carnevale! Oh, and I use Lavazza too :)
Bel lavoro Lora, ne voglio uno!!


Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) February 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Lora, I have to be a bit unoriginal here and just say, I am DROOLING! If ever I were craving chocolate this month, I’m particularly craving it this week (if you know what I mean!) and these pictures are telling me to go make some brownies right this second. Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a great weekend.


RJ Flamingo February 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I’m in love. Period. Also? Stumbled & bookmarked. *Sigh!*


Mateja ^_^ February 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Lovley little creatiaons and did I say yummy too? Yummy!!!!!!!!!! thank you for sharing your memories with us :)


Vivian Cardinale February 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm

OH my goodness your photos are divine! Just absolutely mouth-watering -am following your blog, it’s wonderful! Great family pics as well, thanks for sharing :)


Lael Hazan @educatedpalate February 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Lovely reflections than a sweet recipe topped by an outrageous peanut butter and nutella brownie! Plus terrific photos. I’m going into nutella shock… Yes, I want please.


Kate @ February 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Wow, that brownie sounds incredible! I’ve been with my jar of nutella all day long… I think I should put down the spoon and work on your delicious treats! Thank you for sharing!


Magic of Spice February 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm

These look crazy delicious :)


Chow and Chatter February 6, 2011 at 2:26 am

wow you have made the creators of nutella proud love this and your look cute in the snaps


A little bit of everything February 6, 2011 at 3:28 am

wow, your muffins look perfect. love the candied ginger on top. nice touch the addition on instant coffee.
happy nutella day Lola


Pacheco Patty February 6, 2011 at 4:42 am

I love the combination of the ginger with the Nutella, they are beautiful and a wonderful contribution to Nutella day;-)


Jeannie February 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

Sinfully good looking brownies…I can’t decide which one looks better! drooling!


Lizzy February 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Oh,wow..that slice of brownie looks fabulously decadent! Perfect! And candied ginger makes everything a bit better. Love seeing your beautiful family photos~


Torviewtoronto February 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm

looks beautiful and flavourful


Chef Dennis February 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

hi Lora
you really outdid yourself with those nutella brownies! Espresso was a perfect addition to an already amazing treat! And I think the little blond in the world of brunettes has them all wishing they were blonds too!


Tiffany February 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm

The combination of ginger and nutella sounds heavenly! And I love that you included greek yogurt in the batter!


Amy at TheSceneFromMe February 7, 2011 at 1:02 am

Thank goodness for world Nutella Day because I am getting so many good Nutella recipes to try! These look divine!


Sandra February 7, 2011 at 2:06 am

Excellent post and love the family photos you share. I think I’m also craving Nutella right now. A spoonful out of the jar would be fine.


briarrose February 7, 2011 at 3:02 am

Lovely post. Excellent dessert with the beloved, beloved Nutella. :)


scrambledhenfruit February 7, 2011 at 3:40 am

I heart Nutella. :) My little jar isn’t going to be able to keep up with all of these luscious Nutella filled delights! Must buy a bigger one.


Jessica {The Novice Chef} February 7, 2011 at 6:27 am

What a fun post! And the brownies look fabulous! Perfect for valentines day!


Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow February 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Great twist on your recipe! I love them as mini muffin/cupcakes! Yum! Happy Nutella Day!


A SPICY PERSPECTIVE February 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Yay for Nutella! I’m loving this ginger chocolate combo. I bet the brownies are completely unreal!


Bridgett February 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Oh goodness, I think I found my new little best friends. What a fabulous flavor combo with the ginger in there as well. Lovely!


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