First a little back story. Last week I was in Costco looking for some very boring items -- toilet paper, Kleenex, baking soda for the cats' litterbox. But on my way to the baking soda, I passed a display that stopped me cold. Two large jars of Nutella, that seductive combination of ground hazelnuts and chocolate, containing a total of 67 ounces of the delectable spread. That's over four pounds! Did I need four pounds of Nutella? Of course not. But the price was roughly what I pay for one 13-ounce jar of the stuff at Kroger. Well, who could pass up a bargain like that?
Next problem: What does one do with four pounds of Nutella? i like to dip bananas in it, but that would be way too many bananas for my taste.
And then I found it: an impossible recipe on Facebook for 3-ingredient brownies. And yes, Nutella was one of the three ingredients. Problem solved.
Here's the recipe:
1 cup of Nutella (spray your measuring cup with PAM and it will slide right out.)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
That's it. (I ended up adding some chopped walnuts, as if there were not already enough nuts in this stuff, but I needed to use up thee walnuts.)
Stir the ingredients together until you can't see the individual parts an then plop it into a greased 8-inch square Pyrex pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. That's it. Cool, cut into 16 2-inch brownies, and enjoy. They are pretty wonderful. Mine came out more like cake than sticky fudge, but you can probably adjust the end product by increasing the amount of Nutella you use. If you fell for the Costco deal, like I did, you'll have plenty.
And that's what I accomplished today, along with writing chapter 3 of the last quarter of my upcoming book. Word total for this week so far is 6315 words. I'm not leading my cabin, but several of us are going neck to neck. Four people (mostly the mid-life crisis types) have not written anything. Our leader is over 10,000 words. but she's been on vacation this week with lots of time on her hands. We'll catch up in the coming days.