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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Chipotle Brownies

 As promised, here are my smoky spicy oh-so-chocolatey chipotle brownies!  It's like you take my favorite combo - chocolate, cinnamon, red pepper - and add that very slight smokiness that makes chipotles (smoked peppers), and wow!  We have a NEW favorite that is more than the sum of its parts!

And not that this recipe needs any more in its favor than that, but it also has FOUR kinds of chocolate, sour cream, and three times more sugar than flour.  All signs of a recipe to die for.

Chipotle Brownies (print recipe)
Makes 9 to 16 servings

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp chipotle powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup sour cream
4 ounces (2/3 cup) chocolate chunks

1.  Heat oven to 325.  Butter and flour an 8 x 8-inch baking pan (I doubled the whole recipe for a crowd and made it in a 9x13.)  Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, chipotle powder and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

2.  In a medium saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a simmer.  Add butter, unsweetened chocolate, and semisweet chocolate to a metal bowl large enough to sit on top of the saucepan.  Melt ingredients, about 4 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir until smooth.

3.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine eggs, sugar and vanilla.  Whisk on high speed until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.  Pour in the melted chocolate mixture and whisk on medium for 30 seconds.  Add the flour mixture and whisk on low for 30 seconds.  Add sour cream and whisk on medium for 30 seconds.  Stir in chocolate chunks by hand. 

4.  Bake at 325 for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack 10 minutes.

Recipe from Family Circle, February 2012
1 year ago:  Lemon-Scented Pull-Apart Bread
2 years ago:  Toasted Coconut Cupcakes
3 years ago:  Toronto Blueberry Buns

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