Are You Extreme Enough for Chocolate Jalapeno Brownies?

Hot peppers + creamy chocolate + some other stuff = chocolate jalapeno brownies. Ready to try some?

Like many X-choc fans, we find the very concept of chocolate jalapeno dishes compelling. Just what is it that makes the mixture of spicy-heat and chocolate so popular with so many? Could it be the snack's origin? After all, it was originally flavored with chili peppers.

Whatever the case, the concept seems popular among gourmands, with recipes available for everything from straight chocolate-covered peppers (the red ones are said to be better than the green) to jalapeno chocolate dessert dishes. In this article, we'll introduce you to one of the latter in greater detail.

A sweet kick

Now, your Humble Writer will admit he's never tried any chocolate jalapeno mix, mostly because he values his taste buds and digestive system, and really hot peppers put both out of whack. But the good news from others is that deep down, jalapeno peppers offer a sweet kick that goes quite well with chocolate.

The secret is not to go overboard with the peppers, although going overboard with the chocolate is, of course, de rigueur. That being the case, we offer this Very Special recipe for your approval and delectation.


The Recipe

Anyone can dip jalapenos into melted chocolate and eat them that way, as long as the chocolate is properly tempered. There's nothing wrong with that, but if you're really extreme, you'll try fixing these chocolate jalapeno brownies instead. Yum!

Ingredients
5 ounces of baking chocolate (unsweetened)
4 medium to large eggs
2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cups of white flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2/3 cup of oil or shortening
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 cup of chopped jalapenos (be very careful with these)


Directions

The first step in creating your haute (and hot) chocolate jalapeno brownies is melting your chocolate. This is a delicate process, and you should follow one of the processes we've outlined in these articles about tempering chocolate. If you're in a hurry, you can try melting it with the shortening in a microwave.

Next, beat the eggs into a mixture of flour, baking powder, and salt, then slowly fold in the sugar. When the batter is smooth, blend in the chocolate, vanilla, and shortening and stir it until it's well blended.

Finally, stir in the jalapenos, then dump the whole mess into a greased 9"x13" pan and bake it for about half an hour at 350 degrees.

And there you have it! Cut the product into squares while it's still warm, and you can be enjoying hot, steamy chocolate jalapeno brownies in no time.

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