Before I show you what I made, I have to share with you some of my exciting new kitchen equipment.
cookteen's blog by her sister's friend from school, who happens to be my best friend since I was about 2. Reading her blogs about new attachments and using her standing mixer had made me desire one more than ever. Thank goodness for my amazing aunt who made the dream come true! Isn't it gorgeous?
Also - in case you thought I had normal oven mitts... you were wrong.
Check out these babies....
(I'll save the x-ray for another time, I am trying to convince you to eat here.)
And with these tools I created two desserts.
For the Mexican supper I made...
Chocolate Chipotle Brownies courtesy of Emeril Lagasse.
- 1 teaspoon plus 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper (I used a chipotle seasoning, which also had salt etc in it, simply because I couldn't find ground chipotle)
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup chopped Mexican chocolate or semisweet chocolate morsels
Instructions:Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Grease and flour an 11 by 7-inch baking pan or dish with 1 teaspoon of the butter and 1 tablespoon of the flour.
Heat the remaining butter and the unsweetened chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted.
In a medium bowl, stir together remaining flour, sugar, cinnamon, and ground chipotle. Add sugar mixture to melted chocolate mixture, stirring to combine.
Add eggs, mixing until smooth. Stir in chopped chocolate or chocolate morsels.
Pour mixture into the prepared baking pan or dish.
Bake until the center is set, 35 to 40 minutes.
And then remove from the oven...
Cool completely and then cut into small squares.
Review: This recipe was super easy to make. The brownies had a subtle hint that you couldn't quite put your finger on, but they weren't so spicy that you couldn't use them as a normal brownie recipe. I'll update when I get the final review from everyone - but I thought they were pretty good! I could have cooked them a couple minutes longer (45-50 min) and they would have been fine, they still seemed a little fudgy. Overall, a unique twist on the traditional brownie (and an easy way to make them from scratch!); an easy dessert (way easier than flan) for a Mexican-themed party.
Rating: 4 - JAMMY
And then for my lovely friend....
Crisp Oatmeal Cookies adapted from allrecipes.com
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut (optional, I didn't include them but they'd be very good in it!)
- 1/2 cup morsels - I used a combination of white chocolate and semi sweet chocolate. Butterscotch or peanut butter chips would also work well.