Thursday, April 12, 2007

Spicy Mexican Brownies


I was experimenting in the kitchen and came up with this awesome trick to spice up brownies.

Take a box of brownie mix (not the kind with the fudge package) and follow the package directions

Mix in two teaspoons of ancho chile powder* and two teaspoons of cinnamon

Bake according to the package directions

When I pulled them out, I let them sit for about ten minutes. The smell was da-vine but I forced myself to wait because they're easier to cut out of the pan and yet, still have a bit of gooey warmth that won't burn your mouth.

At first taste, the cinnamon and chocolate taste like Mexican hot chocolate. But then the chile kicks in - not too much but just enough to make it interesting.

If you don't have or can't find ancho chile powder, cayenne will do the job but use a teaspoon and a half because it has a smokier taste.

Make a batch and let me know what you think!
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13 comments:

Alyson Noel said...

I'm so in--if only I knew how to cook!
Though I do, on occasion, indulge in those ridiculously expensive Vosges gourmet chocolate bars- white chocolate and olive- yum!
On another note- did you see The Office last night? Hilarious!

Mary Castillo said...

Hey Alyson:

White chocolate and olive? Hmm. I'm a purist and yet, I'm intrigued.

Love the new episodes! But I felt kinda bad for Roy. What I love is that no one is a true villian or hero. Those writers are geniuses!


Best,
Mary

Dana Diamond said...

Save me one!

Actually, I bet they're already gone.

Hmmm...what's a girl gotta do to get you to make a new batch?!?

Also, I loved the gather.com essay. I already voted. :)

:) d

jkmahal said...

So good! I'm going to have to try this.
Jen

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