Back to work after my two days off and guess who I get to meet when I go in?! Yep, Chef Morimoto! I am pretty nervous, I have heard he is really intense. Hopefully I won’t mess anything up too bad! It is crazy meeting someone you have seen on TV so many times, exciting. In the spirit of Food Network stars, our guest blogger, Kita, has a spicy Valentine’s Day treat for you all from Aaron Sanchez. Kita is the mind behind Pass the Sushi, which has been one of my favorite blogs since I first got into the food blogger community. She has great photography and recipes, plus has been a helpful foodie friend and I am so excited for her to be guest posting today!
Aaron Sanchez’s Mexican Brownies
If you are anything like me, there has been no break since the start of the holiday season last November. I owe Jenny a major apology as I agreed to be a guest poster on her blog what seems like years ago. One thing led to another and here we are – the Friday before Valentine’s Day and I can’t tell you how many ideas I had to make this right.
One of the things I have always loved about Savour the Senses, is that this blog is not just sweets. Actually, there have been quiet a few ‘savory’ posts that I have salivated over. I mean this split pea gravy? That sounds crazy good. The creamy and beautiful chicken with spinach and roasted red peppers? If you have ever been to my site, Pass the Sushi, sure you’ll find a fair share of sweets, but my heart is in the real food. And after I read about her adventures in Africa, my heart was sold on Jenny’s site. How could I not want to live a little vicariously through someone so kind and full of energy?
So when Jenny asked me to guest post on her site (foooorever ago) I swiftly said yes. Pre-Valentine’s Friday too. I was torn. Valentine’s Day is almost a bloggers obligation to present succulent desserts for sweethearts to treat one another to. It is also a meal for some fancy smacny home cooked meals too. I finally settled on these kicked up brownies. I wrote earlier this week about how brownies are apparently the dessert of choice for men. And what a better way to spice things up for Valentine’s then with a little cayenne pepper sneaked into a classic favorite? Brownies are also quick and lick the bowl worthy. I certainly didn’t mind having an extra batch on hand and hope you wont either!
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teas vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon ground Mexican cinnamon (canela)
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. Press the paper into the corners of the pan and lightly grease the paper with butter.
- Melt the 2 sticks of butter in a nonstick saucepan over medium-low heat; do not boil. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Add the sugar, eggs and vanilla to the saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Add the cocoa, flour, cinnamon, chili powder, salt and baking powder and mix until smooth. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out fudgy, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack, then use the parchment paper to lift out the brownies before slicing.
Thanks so much Kita! Great to have you on my site! If you or somebody you know would like to be a part of Featured Foodie Friday please e-mail me at savourthesenses (at) gmail (dot) com and we can get you scheduled!
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