Tuesday, January 18, 2011

If Ideas Were Horses, I'd Ride This One Right Out of Town

I had an idea today. I've been trying to come up with a unique use for these dried habaneros that were the last of the season from Big Ed's farm. A couple of years ago everyone was putting chipotle peppers in everything and I really love playing around with the flavors in brownies so I created a Habbie Brownie with Spicy Walnuts.

First I mixed up a cup of chopped walnuts in some of my cayenne chili powder mix with a little cinnamon and then I toasted those up for about 10 minutes, added a little salt. Set those aside. Then I made my basic one bowl recipe with Baker's Square chocolate but added a third egg and to the flour mixture, a teaspoon of freshly ground habanero powder, a 1/4 teaspoon cinammon and a dash of nutmeg and two tablespoons of cocoa powder. To the nuts I added a 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips.

I actually love them! There is heat to the back end and you can actually taste the flavor of the pepper which is very different when mixed with chocolate. But they make a very good hearty chewy brownie. I sent a bunch with P for his boss, she's an adventerous eater and likes interesting foods. Hopefully I'll get a review tomorrow.

Unfortunately I didn't invent the wheel here. I researched and there were other pepper spiced brownie recipes on the web. Dang it. But I'm thinking they could possibly go over the tippy top with other some tweaking...maybe a chili caramel sauce running through them or caramel covered bacon bits sprinkles!!! Hee Haw!!

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