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Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

Amanda
Chocolate Hazelnut Bars. Rich, chocolate topping - something in between a custard, a ganache and a fudge - over a buttery hazelnut crust. Not your average, everyday cookie bar or brownie.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Desserts
Servings 9 -12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • For Crust:
  • 1/3 cup hazelnut meal/flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons cold salted butter cut into pieces
  • For Chocolate Topping:
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten

Instructions
 

  • For Crust:
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Grease/spray an 8" or 9" square baking dish.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together hazelnut flour, sugar and flour.
  • Using a pastry blender, cut in cold butter pieces until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Press the mixture evenly into baking dish.
  • Bake for 22 - 25 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown.
  • Cool on wire rack until topping is ready.
  • For topping:
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together water and butter until melted and combined.
  • Whisk in sugar, cocoa powder and salt until thoroughly combined.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.
  • Let mixture cool down for a few minutes, whisk in eggs until blended.
  • Pour/scrape chocolate topping onto crust.
  • Bake at 350° until set - about 16 -20 minutes.
  • Cool on wire rack.
  • Cut into squares. If storing for a few days, I keep this in the fridge. Remove from fridge an hour or two before serving.

Notes

You'll think the chocolate layer looks rather thin when topping off the hazelnut crust - trust me - it's plenty.  It puffs up a bit when baking and is plenty rich for the crust to topping ratio.
Keyword chocolate, hazelnut