Saturday, August 29, 2009

The 'Baked' Spicy Brownie

Since we have guests visiting this weekend, I thought it might be fun to try out this brownie recipe. It was super easy to make because instead of a double-boiler, I microwaved in 30 second increments and stirred as needed. Took like 4 minutes. It was great. The brownies turned out wonderfully with a perfect texture. As for the taste? The cinnamon is the strongest flavor besides the chocolate, which is really nice. The chili powder disappears into the background but adds a nice little surprise kick. All the boys seemed to really like them. They've been eating them all night! Even Vivian, who does not like spicy foods, found them to be tasty. I would make these again sometime. They were very unique and yummy.


The 'Baked' Spicy Brownie
Recipe Source: Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking via O Magazine

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp. Dutch cocoa powder
1 Tbs ancho chili powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
5 ounces dark (60%) chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp freshly grated ginger

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter sides and bottom of a glass or light-colored metal 8×8-inch pan.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cocoa powder, chili powder, and cinnamon.

3. Configure a double boiler (fill a medium saucepan with 2 inches of water and fit a metal bowl on top without letting it touch water; bring water to a boil). Place chocolate and butter in bowl and stir occasionally until both are completely melted and combined, about 6 minutes. Turn off heat, but keep bowl over water and add both sugars. Whisk until completely combined and remove bowl from pan. Let stand until room temperature, about 20 minutes.

4. Add eggs to chocolate-butter mixture and whisk until just combined. Add vanilla and ginger; whisk to combine. Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or the brownies will be cakey.

5. Sprinkle flour-cocoa mixture over chocolate mixture. Using a spatula (do not use a whisk!), fold the dry ingredients into the wet until there is just a trace amount of the flour-cocoa mix visible.

6. Pour batter into the greased pan and smooth the top with the spatula. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes; brownies are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.

7. Cool brownies completely before cutting and serving.

Yield: 16 servings

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