Chilli and cinnamon chocolate brownie

Chilli and cinnamon chocolate brownie

It doesn’t happen often that inspiration for a new flavour of brownie comes from a novel.

In ‘The Lollipop Shoes‘ by Joanne Harris, the heroine Vianne Rocher prepares her favourite chocolate drink by adding a mesmerizing  combination of chilli, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Instinctively I knew that this sensual new mixture was going to work. The following morning I baked brownies using all these ingredients.

The flavour was fantastic. Subtle, sophisticated aromas mixed with the richness of 75% pure cocoa chocolate followed by a spicy chilli aftertaste.

I really believe that these brownies are just wonderful. I also need to thank Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson for their infallible book ‘Tartine‘, where one of the best chocolate brownie recipes can be found.

Like Elisabeth and Chad, I adjust and develop recipes in my kitchen all the time, but only thanks to theirs has my brownie become a reality rather than just a dream.

So here is the recipe…


  • To make 12 squares you will need a 9×13 inch baking tray lightly greased and lined with baking paper
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 450g at least 75% cocoa chocolate, I use Callebaut
  • 150g strong flour, I use 00
  • 6 large organic eggs
  • 400g light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla exctract
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilly powder, I grind a little dry pepperoncino (chilli) in the mortar
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • In a pan on low heat melt the butter. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate.
  • Stir the chocolate until fully melted. Set aside to cool.
  • In a mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, salt and spices and mix with a electrical whisk for 5 minutes or until the mixture falls from the whisk in wide ribbons.
  • Fold in the melted cool chocolate into the egg mixture by using a spatula. Do so gently to avoid deflating the air in the mixture.
  • Sift the flour in the mixture and fold in with the spatula.
  • Pour the batter in the baking dish carefully  and bake until the top starts to crack and is just set to the touch, – about 20/25 minutes.
  • Cool the brownie on a wire rack, cut and serve.

They are just wonderful even when still hot!

A final tip. You cannot check if the brownies are cooked by using a toohpick or knife because the tester will come out wet even if the brownie are done. Touch it for yourself!





  1. Wonderful looking brownies! A great combination! I love their fudgy texture…



  2. Hey Rosa,

    Thanks for the feedback. I must say I’ve had my fair share of bone-dry brownies but these are just amazing. Take care.


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  4. Do you really cook these at 180 degrees? And how about cups instead of grams?

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