Sunday, January 1, 2012

Brownies with a KICK

Last night I went to a New Years Eve party and wanted to bring brownies. Since I knew there would be numerous, yummy chocolaty choices, I decided to do something different. I am a fan of dark chocolate candy bars spiced with hot peppers and this was my inspiration. The result was a crowd pleaser and I was happy to discover that the brownie was still deliciously sweet but had a pleasant after burn. It wasn't too spicy. No one ran to the kitchen for a glass of water. If I had added more heat, I don't know if the positive reaction would have been the same. I guess if you tweak this recipe, know thy audience!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

You'll need 2 mixing bowls, one for dry, one for wet. If you don't have two big bowl, you can use a smaller one for the wet.

DRY BOWL (mix the following throughly):
~1 1/2 cup sugar (I like to use organic sugar)
~ 1 1/3 cup flour
~3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
~3/4 tsp baking powder
~1/4 tsp sea salt
~1/4 tsp ground habanero chile powder (I used the Spice Island brand which is SUPER hot, one little morsel on your tongue can be a fiery inferno to the faint hearted. There is also a warning label on the bottle! If I used cayenne, I would probably add more. Use your best judgement if you alter the type of chile powder.)

Rapidly mix together: 
~ 2 tsp ground flax seed/ flax meal
~ 2 tbsp water
Now add the following and throughly mix together:
~1/2 cup water
~3/4 cup apple sauce (plain, not sweetened)
~2 tsp vanilla extract

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredient and stir until batter is smooth. Pour into lightly oiled glass baking pan (8X8). Bake for 40 minutes. The brownies will come out VERY moist and gooey. If you like a more cake-like brownie, cook for a little longer. 

I topped the brownies with a couple of dried hot peppers and glazed the brownies with a mixture of powder sugar, vanilla, red food coloring and a tiny bit of water. Then I added glittery sprinkles. I used the hot peppers as a decoration but mostly as a warning device. None of the topping is necessary.