Featured Foodie Friday: Pass the Sushi

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! 😉

Mexican Cayenne Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12-16
  • 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
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

1 Year Ago: Baked Salmon w/ Tomato Coulis

This entry was posted in Dessert, Guest Posts, Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to Featured Foodie Friday: Pass the Sushi

  1. Erin says:

    I do love a good brownie! I have never tried mixing in cayenne before.

  2. I love the idea of spicy brownies – these look like absolute perfection 😀
    Thanks for a great guest post and recipe!

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: 3 Layer Brownie Cheesecake

  3. Oh these sound amazing! When we lived in New Mexico one of my favorite wines was chile red. It was a bold dry red wine infused with chili pepper and it was fantastic! Now I need a trip to NM and these brownies!

  4. Eliot says:

    What a great recipe for V-Day—some spicy chocolate goodness to spice up the day!

  5. Love the combination of heat and chocolate!

  6. Kiri W. says:

    I absolutely love mexican brownies, they are so addictive! Wonderful guest post :)
    And wow! I am excited and nervous and jealous all at once! I bet it’ll be wonderful and he’ll love you.

  7. Christine says:

    I love brownies. Great recipe.

  8. Pennie says:

    Wow–these look rich and delish! Love the idea of spicy chocolate. Great photography, too–a wonderful guest post!

  9. Oh, very spicy and you could make these again on May 5th!

  10. Kita says:

    Chef Morimoto? I would be sooo panicked. Thank you so much for having me guest post for you and I am terribly sorry about not being able to share it faster on my site and facebook page. I tested the waters by not packing my laptop and found out that I really needed to lug the thing around. The kindle and phone just weren’t cutting it.

  11. Haha no problem! I would die without my computer- copy/paste is a necessity =)