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Fudgy Hazelnut Brownies

These simple brownies are made with only quality ingredients resulting in fudgy decadent chocolate squares loaded with toasted hazelnuts. Best served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream!

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These chocolate brownies are rich and gooey, and so delicious. These brownies are mixed up in one bowl. You don't need to beat the butter or sift the flour. We used quality dark chocolate for this recipe as well as dark cocoa powder for intense chocolate flavour.

This recipe is so easy to make, you just need few mixing bowls, whisk and spatula to get the batter together. If you intense chocolate sweets, try our recipes for mini chocolate tarts or double chocolate cookies made with spelt flour. For more chocolate hazelnut dessert combos, try our gooey chocolate hazelnut lava cakes

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What you'll need to make fudgy hazelnut brownies

These brownies should be super chocolatey so you need to use quality dark chocolate with high percentage of cocoa solids - preferably higher than 55%. Use chocolate bars and chop in into big chunks so it melts easily and quickly.

In addition, we added a few tablespoons or rich dark cocoa powder which enchance this rich chocolate flavour and gives dark colour to the brownies.

This recipe features WHOLE GRAIN SPELT FLOUR, but white spelt flour as well as plain flour will works too. Toasted hazelnuts are always a great addition to any chocolate dessert, so these brownies are not exception. We added toasted chopped hazelnuts to give extra touch and some crunchiness to these fudgy brownies.

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How to make these dark chocolate brownies

For making these delicious brownies you will need a few mixing bowls, a balloon whisk, a silicon spatula and a square baking pan. The recipe starts with toasting hazelnuts in the oven until lightly brown and fragrant. Blitz them in the food processor until finely chopped. Now, continue with the whipping up batter for these rich chocolate brownies:

  1. First mix flour, cocoa powder and salt in a mixing bowl.

  2. Chop the chocolate bar and together with butter melt in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.

  3. Whisk eggs and muscovado sugar using a balloon whisk until combined and most of the sugar is dissolved.

  4. Pour chocolate mixture into the egg/sugar mixture and whisk to combine.

  5. Fold gently dry ingredients using a silicon spatula then stir in toasted hazelnuts. That's it your batter is now ready to be baked.

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Baking the brownies

Pour the batter into square baking pan and bake for 20 minutes. This batter is enough for 20cm square baking pan and you get 9 large brownies. If you want to double the recipe, bake it in the larger baking pan and increase the baking time for about 5 minutes, maybe more. You can also bake this batter in a round baking pan.

Extra baking tip

It is important to keep an eye on the brownies while baking. When the edges are set, the top is shiny and the center is a little jiggly, take them from the oven. The brownies will set while cooling in the pan and firm up.

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Fudgy hazelnut brownies

MAKES: 9 large brownies
COOKS IN: 1 hour plus cooling time


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  • 140g (1 cup) hazelnuts
  • 200g (7 ounces) dark chocolate (55 - 70% cocoa)
  • 126g (9 tbsp) butter, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 150g (3/4 cup) dark muscovado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Amaretto liqueur
  • 120g (1 cup + 1 tbsp) whole grain spelt flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 25g (1/3 cup) cocoa powder, unsweetened


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F). Arrange the hazelnuts in a single layer on baking tray and toast for about 8 - 10 minutes, stirring them every 2 - 3 minutes. They are done when they are fragrant and their skin cracked. Remove from the oven and rub them in kitchen towel until the skin comes off. Cool nuts completely and blitz in the food processor until finely chopped. Set aside.

  2. Rise the oven temperature to 180°C (356°F). Line 25x25cm square baking pan with baking paper.

  3. Combine spelt flour, cocoa powder and salt in one bowl. Set aside.

  4. Place chocolate broken in pieces and cubed butter in a medium heatproof bowl. Set over a saucepan of gently simmering water and stir with silicon spatula until both is melted you get a smooth texture. Set aside.

  5. Place dark muscovado sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Whisk vigorously using a wire hand whisk until combined and sugar is mostly dissolved. Add Amaretto liqueur.

  6. Pour chocolate mixture into the egg/sugar mixture and whisk until combined.

  7. Gradually add flour mixture stirring with spatula until just combined. Add chopped toasted hazelnuts and stir again. You will get thick dense batter.

  8. Pour the batter into prepare baking pan and bake in the oven for 23 - 25 minutes. The brownie texture should still be gooey in the centre (it will firm up as the brownies cool). Allow to cool to room temperature then cut into squares and serve.

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