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Playing with brownie mix

From time to time I buy a box of brownie mix. Easy to prepare and cook, and an inexpensive snack.
 
But I can't leave well enough alone. I almost always use milk instead of the water called for in the instructions. I like to spike the batter with vanilla extract (mixed into the wet part of the batter before it goes into the dry part). Sometimes I add almond extract, but I have to be careful because too much of that will give the brownies a marzipan flavor. Sometimes I add chopped nuts.
 
I've substituted orange-infused olive oil for some of the oil called for in the mix. That infused oil has a strong orange flavor, not sweet, like biting into an orange rind. Today I tried adding 1/4 cup of instant coffee. The effect is a faint coffee flavor, and it takers some of the sweetness off. Next time I'll add 1/3 cup.
 
So, what does this have to do with a pepper board? I'm sure you know  that pepper and chocolate flavors go well together. I intend to try adding some cayenne or other powder to a mix, but so far I've held off because I know with certainty that no one else in the house would eat that, so I'dd be stuck eating a whole batch by myself. But that might be something to take to a pepper festival or maybe a potluck.
 
 
dragonsfire said:
I do Chocolate Coffee Cake with Chipotle, easy quickie.
 
I've been wondering about combining chocolate and chipotle, never tried that combination.
 
Maybe in a format that isn't based on sweet chocolate - maybe more like putting straight cocoa powder into a chipotle base.
 
you could use your "kitchen wood rasp" to add sawdust  :P
 
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