Szechwan peppercorns + chocolate = off the hook!
I seem to have developed an addiction to Szechwan peppercorns (see post, "Does anyone think they're addictive http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35950...
)After a rather bland dinner tonight, I was craving a little chocolate so I grabbed some chocolate chips and dried cranberries and threw in a handful of Szechwan peppercorns. The result was a kicked-up burn of a trail mix that was pretty cool, but I wasn't done. I toasted a spoonful of peppercorns, ground them in the mortar and pestle, mixed them with some melted chocolate and put the sauce on top of some Sheer Bliss pomegranate ice cream. Wow! It's a party in my mouth.
Has anyone else encountered these in desserts?