Saturday, February 25, 2012

Packin' Heat - Chili/Chocolate Brownies


Friends were stopping by, on their way to play a music gig in IND and I needed a little something to serve, a sweet treat, quick but not boring. You can't go wrong with something that involves dark chocolate, coffee, chili AND cinnamon.

Take your favorite fudge brownie recipe but this time add a splash of brewed espresso and a pinch of both cinnamon and cayenne pepper to the batter. If you use a box mix, replace all of the water called for with brewed coffee or espresso and add the spices. Now top with. . .


Chili/Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce

Four ounces Dark semi sweet chocolate with Chilis (I used a 3.5 ounce Lindt bar plus the corner off a second one)
1/3 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3/4 cup plus 3 Tablespoons heavy cream (total is slightly less than a cup).
1/2 teaspoon Mexican Vanilla (I use Penzey's).

Break chocolate into pieces and cook in the microwave in a glass bowl (high setting) for one and a half minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until almost melted. Transfer to a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat on the stovetop and stir in sugar, salt and butter. Stir in cream, a little at a time until smooth. Heat through still on low heat, until thickened (do NOT bring to a boil). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Use to top brownies or save in the fridge to top ice cream.

8 comments:

  1. With snacks like that, it's a wonder you ever get any "alone" time.

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  2. Oh, Lord, that looks so good...what Rev. Paul said too. I will try this soon.

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  3. Looks and sounds awesome; but what happened to the 2nd Lindt bar?

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  4. My wife said to say thanks for the pumpkin roll cream cheese filling recipe. My thanks too.

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  5. The thing is, life is tough and then you die - things like these brownies and Lindt chocolate - they are some of the kinds of things people should appreciate while they can. Life is good :-)

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  6. Rev. Paul - I do seem to get a lot of visitors. .

    Stephen - If you make the hot fudge sauce for little ones and don't want the "heat" use unsweetened dark baking chocolate and increase the sugar to a generous 3/4 cup sugar.

    Ed - thank you! I'm glad you both liked it.

    Aussie Alaskan - Life IS good.

    Island Bob - uh. . it's in the, uh. . . evidence locker.

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  7. Chili goes so well with chocolate if you do it juuuust right. This looks great.

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  8. Dave bought me one of those chili chocolate bars for Valentine's Day. I love Dave .. and now I LOVE CHILI CHOCOLATE! The brownies look great. Must make once I'm all svelte and hot and sassy, doncha know.... :)

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