If, like me, you felt a little cheated at finding out yesterday was ‘World Nutella Day, just a little too late; then I have JUST the frugal solution for you!
I am a huge fan of baking but, with watching my weight and all that, I tend to keep baking sweet treats to a minimum. I think baking should always be simple and I’ve pratted about in the kitchen enough to be able to put together a simple cake or brownie recipe, adding bits to it when I fancy mixing the flavours up. And that’s just what I’ve done with the THIRD OFF Nutella I picked up from the local Co-op this morning!
Not content with missing the ‘World Nutella Day’ event – obviously just an excuse to crack open the jar and eat straight from it – I thrashed together these simple little brownies which use very few ingredients and look FANTASTIC stacked with a little ribbon. Are you thinking?? Yup – how about a little lunch box surprise for The Big V! Why not give them a go yourself? They’re easy to bake – just keep an eye on them in the oven as they cook pretty quickly! Note: I have used the whole jar, partly because I can’t be trusted with it in the house!
I’ve popped a few prices down too – most ingredients are great to have in the house, in case of a sudden baking attack or the appearance of an unexpected guest!
1 x 400g Nutella (currently £1.56 at Co-op)
170g Caster Sugar (small 500g bag costs £1)
3 Medium Eggs (1 box of six costs 95p from Lidl)
50g Salted Butter (£1.02 basics range)
85g Self-Raising Flour (own-brand costs around 45p for 500g)
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract (£1.59 approx from local supermarkets)
PInch of salt
Preheat the oven to 170C and line a square baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Over a saucepan of water, in a heatproof bowl, heat the butter and half the Nutella over a medium heat.
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, whisk the caster sugar, vanilla extract and 2 eggs until combined and smooth. Once the Nutella and butter have melted together and softened – remove from heat and add, slowly to the sugar mixture. Use the whisk to combine the mixtures together until smooth.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour and salt, then add, slowly to the mixture. Fold together until the mixture is combined. Spoon in most of the remaining Nutella and combine.
Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for approximately 20 minutes. The brownie should be ready once it’s dark brown and a knife remains clean when stuck through the middle.
Leave to cool on a rack for a short while then, using a palette knife, spread the remaining Nutella on top of the brownie and cut into small sections. If you want to pop these into a lunchbox or give as a little gift, why not stack a few and wrap with a pretty ribbon?
If not…sit back, enjoy with a hot cuppa and bask in the fact that World Nutella Day, in fact, is not yet over!!!!
Stay Peachy x