I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I may be turning into a baker again!!! I mean, Cajun Brownies with Potato Chips??? I’m kinda a crazy baker.
“Again?!?” You may be wondering, “Don’t you always blog about how you’re baking-challenged?”
The truth is, I actually used to bake ALL THE TIME. In Junior High School we had Home Economics class, where I was fascinated by sifting flour, separating eggs, and all that other time-consuming stuff I no longer have the patience for.
The one thing I ate consistently, and never made from scratch, was brownies.
Yesterday I began thinking about my passion for all things salty and sweet. One of my favorite desserts is the Momofuku Compost Cookie, which combines sugar and butter with potato chips and pretzels. Heaven.
Then my crazy brain reminds me that I also love sweet and spicy. And that we still had 1/2 a bag of Zapp’s Spicy Cajun Crawtators in the cupboard.
DING DING DING!!!
I figure that amount of heat will be too much for a cookie. No, we need some serious chocolate action to balance it out. I contemplate a brownie box mix, but am too lazy to leave the house to buy one. So I look on my phone for a recipe, and settle on this, for one reason. It requires 10 Tablespoons of Butter (which is exactly all I had left).
If you peek at the original recipe, you’ll see that Alice Medrich has all sorts of instructions which the rebel in me still can’t follow. For example – melting the butter in a double boiler, mixing with 40 strokes, using parchment paper….
…she will probably disapprove that I don’t use “the best cocoa I know. Sadly, I’m only familiar with Trader Joe’s. And of course, by not following her directions, I wind up with lumpy batter and large clumps of powder pockets.
Oh yeah, she might have had a heart attack when I add these cajun potato chips.
But I still think they’re going to be fabulous.
How do they taste? Amazing. If you like chocolate with heat, and potato chips, this is your new favorite dessert!
- 10 TB butter
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup plus 2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup white flour
- 1 cup Cajun-flavored Potato Chips, crushed
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl, combine the cocoa powder, salt, and flour. Melt the butter, and add it to the dry ingredients, along with the vanilla and egg whites. Stir til combined (40-ish strokes, I'm only guessing, Alice!) then fold in the potato chips. Pour into a greased 8x8 Pyrex and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges slightly moist (20 was all I needed).