Chipotle Pecan Brownies
The flavor of chipotle spices up the chipotle pecan brownies mixture and gives it an exciting flavor. If you have never tried chocolate with chili before this is a great recipe to try. Take care not to over bake these brownies because they are nicest when slightly moist. These brownies are slightly sweet but not overly so. Don’t use more than a cup of sugar in total in this Mexican dessert recipe because the sweetness will overpower the rest of the ingredients if you do.
These chipotle pecan brownies are great with a cup of hot chocolate or some coffee and the recipe makes between 12 and 16 brownies, depending how you cut them. One is not enough so give everyone at least 2 brownies! This is a Mexican-inspired recipe rather than a traditional one, but one thing is obvious and that is these are really gorgeous. Brownies are always good, whether you are making a simple recipe or adding vanilla or nutmeg, or other flavors, or even adding a hint of chili for a south of the border kick which delivers a very special touch.
Brownies are traditionally cake-like on the outside but rich and moist in the center because of the ingredients used to make them. They are similar to cake but more moist on the inside, which is why they are often served just as they are, instead of with cream or ice cream. Some people like a chocolate or fudge sauce with their brownies, and that is another good serving suggestion. Because there is chipotle chili (a smoky tasting dried chili) in the brownies, keep your sauce simple if you are making one. Basic chocolate or fudge rather than anything spicy would be best here.
The first brownie recipe appeared in print at the turn of the twentieth century. A chef at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago is credited with inventing this dessert, although there are other myths around such as a chef accidentally adding melted chocolate to cookie dough and a chef forgetting to add flour to his batter. These days there are many different recipes for chocolate brownies, but taste these and you will agree the chipotle works really well in them while the pecans offer a delicious crunch, making the texture more interesting.
- 2 eggs
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup cocoa
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 oz Mexican chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup white sugar
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo, processed to a paste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9 inch square baking dish.
- Grind the Mexican chocolate with half the sugar.
- Add the cocoa and the rest of the sugar.
- Drain the chipotle pepper and remove the stem.
- Process to a paste, adding a little water if necessary.
- Combine the vanilla and butter in a bowl.
- Add the eggs and beat well.
- Add the chipotle mixture.
- Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and add this to the mixture.
- Add the chocolate and sugar mixture.
- Stir the nuts into the batter and spread it into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the pecan brownies pull away from the sides of the pan.
- Cool in the pan on a wire rack, then cut into squares.
Sometimes nothing hits the spot like brownies do! You can see how tempting they look and, believe me, the flavor is really good, especially if you are looking for a twist on the classic brownies recipe – something slightly different. If you usually make flan or other typical Mexican desserts, try this one for a brand new flavor. You can change the pecans for walnuts or even peanuts if you like. These brownies will appeal to the whole family because they are packed with incredible flavor and the texture is lovely.
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