Nutella Brownies

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Over the weekend, two things happened. I found a recipe for 2-ingredient Nutella Brownies from Diethood. Amazing. Then, in sadder news, on Saturday, also Valentine’s Day, the creator of Nutella, Michele Ferrero, passed away. It only seemed fitting that I make these brownies. These are for you, Ferrero, and, well, you guys too. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup of Nutella
  • 8×8 baking pan

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First, Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Measure out 1 cup of Nutella, and transfer into a microwave safe cup and set aside. 

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Crack 4 large eggs into a mixing bowl and whip on high for 5-7 minutes until the volume has boosted and has a foamy, yet firm, consistency. 

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Before the eggs are almost finished, pop the Nutella into a microwave for 60 seconds. Then, stir, and slowly add to the eggs while mixing until combined. 

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Pour the batter into a parchment lined baking pan and bake for about 30 minutes.

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Let the brownie cool a few minutes before cutting. Then, enjoy! Feel free to customize these too by adding fun ingredients like nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, etc. You can find the original recipe here

Recipe friendly version:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup of Nutella
  • 8×8 baking pan

First, Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Measure out 1 cup of Nutella, and transfer into a microwave safe cup and set aside. 
Crack 4 large eggs into a mixing bowl and whip on high for 5-7 minutes until the volume has boosted and has a foamy, yet firm, consistency. 
Before the eggs are almost finished, pop the Nutella into a microwave for 60 seconds. Then, stir, and slowly add to the eggs while mixing until combined. 
Pour the batter into a parchment lined baking pan and bake for about 30 minutes.
Let the brownie cool a few minutes before cutting. Then, enjoy! Feel free to customize these too by adding fun ingredients like nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, etc.

 

Zazá Bistrô Tropical

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Well, I landed in Rio de Janeiro, first time there, and wasn’t totally sure where to go eat. I was hungry after a long commute but didn’t want to settle for just anything. Brazil has a number of traditional dishes, mainly focused on meat, cheese and bread items, with the addition of fresh fruits and juices. However, I was able to find a number of places that really changed my mind about that, and one of them was Zazá Bistrô Tropical in Ipanema. 

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Drawn in by the whimsical twinkle lights strewn about the dining patio, the blue painted restaurant caught my eye. I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But whatever, the place looked cool, so, I checked out the menu and it seemed as lovely as the aesthetic. 

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To start, I ordered The Wallpaper (cachaca with passion fruit, sugar, vanilla bean and pepper). This drink was so amazing, I actually didn’t even care if the food was any good. There are different dimensions to this drink, making it really unique. You first get a sweetness from the passion fruit, which almost then turns into a sort of cotton candy flavor. Then, there’s a really nice heat that follows, which is especially nice since they really don’t use spicy ingredients in their cooking in Brazil. 

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Then, I had their Organic Salad Leaves (with stewed vegetables, gorgonzola, green apple and hazelnuts). This was such a delightful salad, it was fresh, had great textures and a nice, light citrusy flavor from the dressing. There’s just something magical about the combination of a tart apple, the bite of gorgonzola cheese, and the sweet nuttiness and crunch of hazelnuts. 

The Shorts:
Name: Zazá Bistrô Tropical
Location: Rua Joana Angelica, 40 Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the place is really charming and the food and drinks are awesome. 
Would I recommend it? For sure. Also, if your Portuguese is, well, not awesome, they’re very English friendly here.