The other weekend, my next door neighbour Jo invited me around for a chocolate tasting session. I have the best neighbours!
One of the selection of chocolate bars, from the Eden Project, was a dark chilli chocolate. I quite liked it, but Jo thought the chilli was a bit too strong, so very kindly donated the rest of the bar for me to bake with.
The idea was that the chilli would be toned down a bit if it was used in baking, and it worked – these chilli chocolate brownies have just enough chilli to give a nice kick, but definitely not too much to be overwhelming.
The brownie recipe itself was also a great success – it’s wheat and gluten free, and has a very high proportion of chocolate to all the other ingredients which is bound to be good!
I adapted the original from David Lebovitz a little, by swapping chopped nuts for chopped chocolate, but otherwise followed the recipe to the letter – especially heeding David’s warning to beat the mixture for at least a minute or risk crumbly brownies!
Chilli Chocolate Brownies (adapted from David Lebovitz)
- 75g chilli flavoured dark chocolate
- 225g dark chocolate
- 85g butter
- 120g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3tbsp cornflour
- Optional – 1 tsp chilli powder (depending on how strong your chocolate is and how strong you want the brownies to taste)
Roughly chop the chilli and normal chocolate and mix the two together, then set aside 75g of it. Heat the remaining 225g of chocolate with the butter in a saucepan over a low heat, then remove from the hob and beat in the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until well mixed. Sift together the cocoa and cornflour (and chilli powder if using), then add to the chocolate mixture. Beat for at least a minute so the mixture is smooth and shiny – this is apparently a very important stage!
Fold in the remaining chopped chocolate, then spread the mixture into an 8×8″ square greased and lined tin. Bake at 180 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until just set. Leave until completely cool to remove from the tin and cut into squares.