Aztec brownie pie with a hint of cayenne

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PREP TIME

10 min

Makes

8 to 10 wedges

* PLUS Cooking time: 5 minutes, Baking Time: 33 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hazelnuts , pecan halves or shelled pistachios (optiona)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 125 g unsweetened chocolate , coarsely chopped
  • 60 g semi-sweet chocolate , coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • topping of French vanilla ice cream , optional
  • topping of fresh ripe peaches , peeled and sliced (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325F (160C). If using nuts, spread out on a baking sheet. Toast in 325F (160C) oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until fragrant and lightly toasted. Set aside. Leave oven turned on. Meanwhile, lightly coat a 9 inch (23 cm) pie plate with cooking oil or spray.
  • In a small bowl, using a fork, stir flour with cinnamon, cayenne and salt until evenly mixed. Set aside. In a small saucepan, combine unsweetened chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and butter. Set over low heat and stir often just until melted, about 5 minutes. Or place in a microwave-safe dish and melt, uncovered, on medium for 3 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk eggs. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Using a rubber spatula, scrape melted chocolate mixture into bowl. Stir until well combined. Gradually stir in flour mixture just until blended. Set aside a few nuts to use as garnish. Then stir remaining nuts into batter. Evenly spread batter into prepared pie plate. Arrange nuts decoratively in centre of brownie.
  • Bake in centre of 325F (160C) oven until edges are firm and centre seems set, about 33 minutes. (If a cake tester is inserted into centre, it will still have moist crumbs clinging to it.) Do not overbake. Cool on a rack. If making ahead, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days. To serve, cut pie into wedges. Top each wedge with a scoop of rich ice cream and several peach slices, if you like.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 360,
  • Protein
  • 4.8 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.8 g,
  • Fat
  • 21.6 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2.8 g,

This easy-on-the-host dessert–a moist, intense chocolate brownie with an intriguing hint of cinnamon and cayenne for kick–is scrumptious served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sliced ripe peaches.

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