Brownies – Sweet & Spicy (Just Like Me)

I don’t know why, but the past few weeks I have been craving brownies. Brownies may be my favorite baked good. There is nothing like a home-baked brownie. I like thinner, fudge-like brownie, and they MUST have nuts in them. I remember when I was little, my mom had this one pan that was perfect for brownie making, and is now so old and has score marks from the batches upon batches that have been baked and cut in it over the years.

Mom's Brownie Pan...A LOT of brownies have been made in this pan during my 32 years!

Since it was rainy and a bit on the cooler side this past weekend, I decided to give in to my craving and bake brownies. I decided to make Souzapalooza’s Spicy Brownies and share the recipe with you. (Don’t worry, it is super simple and really tasty). Here is what you will need:

  1. One box of Brownie Mix – Store brand, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, it doesn’t matter. I personally prefer Duncan Hines, however I buy what ever is on sale (Pillsbury was 10 for $10 at Stop & Shop so that is what I used)
  2. Eggs – (per the instructions on the back of the box)
  3. Oil – (per the instructions on the back of the box)
  4. Water – (per the instructions on the back of the box)
  5. 1 Tbsp of Cinnamon – Cinnamon is actually an amazing spice because it can be used for both sweet and savory cooking. Per Wikipedia, Cinnamon has a broad range of health applications including boosting cognitive function and memory, treating rheumatism, helping with digestion and relieving certain menstrual disorders. In addition, when added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
  6. 1/4 tsp of ground Cayenne Pepper – The Cayenne Pepper is a red chili pepper. When consumed, the capsaicinoids (natural chemicals in the chili) bind with pain receptors that sense heat in the mouth and throat which send a message to the brain that something hot has been consumed. The brain responds to the burning sensation by raising the heart rate, increasing perspiration and release of endorphins. Chili consumption is used as a ritual for warriors in Japan and has been studied as a way to experience a “contained risk” allowing the consumer to experience extreme feelings without risk of harm.

Now, I like spicy, however those who aren’t huge fans may want to start with a dash of the pepper in your first batch and slowly add more as you figure out what the right balance is for your taste. If you are taste-testing your batter, your batter will always be spicier than your cooked brownie.

7. One final ingredient for nut lovers – 1 Cup of Pecans! I know brownies usually have walnuts, but I think the pecan is a better flavor complement to the spiciness of the brownie.

So mix up all your ingredients, follow the baking instructions on the back of your box and enjoy! (Told you it was an easy recipe!)

Anyone have any new twists on classic recipes?


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