I decided to run a social experiment using brownies. My undergrad degree is in Sociology and are few things I like more than doing social experiments. Ok, that's not true... but they are fun! And what makes them more fun? Brownies, of course!
I will admit for this project I went with box brownies... I am a die-hard "from scratch" kind of person but since the focus of this project wasn't so much the brownie base but the end result I decided to save myself the hassle and just go with a box mix. Don't tell anyone.
Gathering all of the complex ingredients: Mix, Eggs (in one of my new cute bowls!), Water, Vegetable Oil
And today's guest ingredient: Nutella
Basically I made the brownies as the box directed and before I popped them in the oven, I swirled some Nutella onto the top.
This is the end result - super delish, hazelnutty brownies.
If you're wondering why I am doing this experiment it is because I am curious about a few things:
1) If people really like brownies with stuff in them - or are most people more prone to like just plain brownies?
2) If they do like additions, what level of additions to they like - this is why this is a 3-part project
3) How many brownies can the people in my office eat before they get sick of them? Just kidding. That could never happen. Who gets sick of brownies?!
Since you're dying to know, the reaction to these brownies was fairly good. People liked the subtle hint of hazelnut that the Nutella added. A few people thought they were really sweet, which they were, but still managed to force them down (wink, wink) so I think they must have been ok.
Cheers to the Cook!
1 box of brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker)
Ingredients for this mix:
1/4 cup water
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup of Nutella
Grease a glass 9x13 pan; heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all above ingredients together in a large bowl with beaters until well combined.
Empty contents of bowl into your greased pan.
Measure Nutella into a small bowl. Heat in microwave for about 10-15 seconds on half-power (no higher than level 5). Stir and then drop into small spoonfuls around the top of the brownie mixture.
Using a knife or spatula, swirl Nutella through brownies by doing a zig-zag pattern with the tip of the spatula the whole length of the pan.
Bake for abut 25 minutes in the oven. Brownies should be a bit firm to the touch but still quite moist when you take them out of the oven. Leave in the pan to cool.
Cut into desired size & serve warm. Or store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.