How to make Nigella’s Nutella Brownies

In case you missed it the domestic goddess Nigella Lawson has been in Australia. I even got to have breakfast with her.  Ok well me and 500 other people at a Business Chicks event and Nigella didn’t actually eat anything but still – I was in the same room as Queen Nigella! 

Nigella’s Nutella brownies

She was just as witty and engaging as you imagine her to be.  I loved how Nigella stressed during the course of the morning that she is a home cook rather than a chef . “If you needed a qualification to cook humans would have fallen out of the evolutionary loop a long time ago”, she says.  Of course I had to buy Simply Nigella after that despite owning pretty much every other Nigella cookbook.


I was a little worried that the Nigella I know and love who uses whole bottles of wine and blocks of butter in her recipes had gone all clean eating in Simply Nigella but that’s not the case.  Sure there is liberal use of coconut oil and gluten free ingredients in some of the cakes but Nigella has not forgotten the important things in life like Nutella! 


I’ve already used the book quite a few times (which is further than I get with most of my cook books).  I can recommend the Cosima’s chicken recipe for a chickpea and chicken stew (not much too look at but delicious), the polenta and apricot cake (a brilliant gluten free cake) but I couldn’t go past Nigella’s Nutella brownies.  These are very simple to make when you need an urgent Nigella, brownie or Nutella fix (or perhaps all three) but one word of warning is that they are a lot flatter than your traditional brownies.  

Nigella's Nutella brownies
Yields 12
Brownies and nutella. What more could you want?
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
146 calories
14 g
62 g
8 g
3 g
7 g
39 g
45 g
12 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146
Calories from Fat 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 62mg
Sodium 45mg
Total Carbohydrates 14g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 12g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 4 eggs
  2. pinch fine sea salt
  3. 250ml (270g) Nutella
  4. ½ tsp icing sugar
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line the base and sides of your square cake or brownie tin with baking paper.
  2. 2. Break the eggs into a mixing bowl, then add the salt and beat, using a mixer with whisk until they have more than doubled in size and are pale, aerated and mousse-like. This will take about 5 mins. You could do this by hand but be prepared for a workout!
  3. 3. Heat the Nutella in the microwave for 4 minutes or until runny. Or you can heat it in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water for 3-4 mins.
  4. 4. Stir the heated Nutella, then pour it in a continuous thin stream on to the eggs, whisking as you go, until all the Nutella is combined. This will knock the volume out of the eggs quite a bit, but don't worry about it.
  5. 5. Pour this mixture into your prepared cake tin and bake for 17– to 20 mins, by which time the top will be dry, and the middle tender but a little wobbly and fudgy in the middle.
  6. 6. Leave to cool completely in the tin. Once cool, cut it into squares and dust with sieved icing sugar.
  1. Nigella suggests storing for up to 1 week in the fridge in an airtight container or you can freeze for up to 3 months. Stack the squares in an airtight container with baking parchment between the layers.
Adapted from Simply Nigella
Adapted from Simply Nigella
Gourmet Chick
Brownie out of the oven – it shrinks a little from the edge of the tin.


  1. This recipe is really bad! A friend and I attempted to make this for a Girls weekend, and were greatly disappointed. Not only did we burn our first batch of Nutella in the microwave (and it didn’t even stay in for the full 4min), it doesn’t have a very appetising taste, and is more like a failed omelet than anything. Tasting it, you can hardly tell that there is Nutella in it, and the icing sugar makes it worse. It filled our 30x20cm pan when cooking. but after removing it from the oven, it immediatly began to shrink, to a 1/4 of its original size. we give this recipe 1/2 a star out of 5

    1. Sorry to hear you didn’t like the recipe. I thought the flavour was great but did note in my post that they turn out very flat so I agree with you there. When I look closely at the photo of the ones in the cook book they look flat too so it seems it is the recipe not the execution!

      1. Nigellas original recipe for this states to microwave nutella for 1 min or heat in a bowl for 3 to 4 mins. Either way these are chocolate omlettes

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