Friday, May 3, 2013

Mexican Brownies

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan 
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. Press the paper into the corners of the pan and lightly grease the paper with butter.
3.  Melt the 2 sticks of butter in a nonstick saucepan over medium-low heat; do not boil.
4.  Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
5.  Add the sugar, eggs and vanilla to the saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
6.  Add the cocoa, flour, cinnamon, chili powder, salt and baking powder and mix until smooth.
7.  Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out fudgy, 20 to 25 minutes.
8.  Cool in the pan on a rack and then use the parchment paper to lift out the brownies before slicing.

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