question about chili and chocolate
Can I add chili powder to any recipe that has chocolate in it to spice it up a bit? I have a recipe that only has the following 4 ingredients, saltines, butter, brown sugar and a package of chocolate chips. I was thinking of adding some chili (and is it chili powder or cayenne pepper?) to it.
Chili powder is different from powdered chilis. Cayenne is a variety of powdered chili, but there's also powdered ancho chili, powdered chipotle chili, etc. Chili powder is a blend of spices used in making chili, and includes powdered chilis, ground cumin, powdered onion and garlic, among other things.
I wouldn't recommend adding chili powder to your chocolate.
re: GG Mora
Right you are, but while I'm not usually nitpicky about spelling it's very important here. "Chili," ending in "i," is the Southwest stew and the seasoning mix that goes into it. "Chile," ending in an "e," is the fruit that we all know and love that is available in many varieties in either fresh, dried, or powdered form. So it would be more correct to say:
"Chili powder is different from powdered chiles. Cayenne is a variety of powdered chile, but there's also powdered ancho chile, powdered chipotle chile, etc. Chili powder is a blend of spices used in making chili, and includes powdered chiles, ground cumin, powdered onion and garlic, among other things.
I wouldn't recommend adding chili powder to your chocolate."
.and neither would I. But a pinch of powdered chile of one variety or another will probably be great.
I add a dried chili pod and let it steep a bit when I'm making hot cocoa. It adds a wonderful dimension. But that is not the same as chili powder, which contains garlic and cumin usually. I don't think you want that in your brownies. You can grind the chili pods for use in baking.
here's a link you may want to check out...i haven't made this, but it looks good -- it's a great site called CHOCOLATE AND ZUUCHINI. you should also get your hands on jacques torres's WICKED HOT CHOCOLATE mix - you just add the powdered mix to milk and heat up -- it 's got a great kick to it!