Adding a spicy or salty kick to a sweet dessert is a great way create a more sophisticated and grown-up flavor. Ginger, cinnamon, cumin, salt and pepper, and chile powder are just a few ingredients that can be used to create interesting flavor combinations that contrast with sugar and chocolate. Check out these five spicy desserts that you can make at home:
Spiced Brookies – This recipe from Serious Eats combines the sweetness of chocolate and brown sugar with the spice of ancho chile powder. The smooth and fluffy texture of a chocolate brownie is merged with the size and shape of a cookie to create a unique take on a classic dessert.
Spicy Cayenne – Cinnamon Apple Pie – Cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne pepper are added to a traditional apple pie, creating a blend of sugar and spice that goes great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This recipe from Cook Kosher uses simple ingredients and can be prepared in under an hour and a half.
Black Cardamom and Black Pepper Ice Cream – Black cardamom, a member of the ginger family, is a spice that is roasted over an open flame. This roasting process gives black cardamom a distinct smoky aroma. The combination of black pepper and black cardamom in this homemade ice cream recipe creates an interesting flavor medley that will either make you come back for seconds or make you wish there was never a first.
Spicy Smoky S’mores Bars – Anne Thornton of the Food Network has turned the campfire classic on its head with this simple recipe. Graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows are still the main attraction, but sea salt and chipotle pepper powder are added to take these s’mores to the next level.
Buttermilk Sherbet with Spicy Peanut Brittle – Sherbert, the smoother older brother of sorbet, is covered with chips of spicy peanut brittle in this recipe from the Food Network. The spice of the peanut brittle comes from toasted ancho chile pepper, cinnamon, and ground cumin. These spices go great with peanuts, and the buttermilk sherbert helps to balance the flavor scale of the dessert to create a uniquely satisfying combination.
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