I have a friend who lives in Texas. See George, some of my best friends are Texans! Anyway, it’s not her fault. She lives in Austin, which seems like a pretty awesome city, and she’s participating in my latest candy exchange round. The difficulty with this candy exchange, for me, is that I am the coordinator, so I am getting boxes of delicious, glorious, wonderful candy, and it’s really hard to force myself to share. This friend sent a broad assortment of things, and I picked out an Aztec God brownie for myself, because it has two of my favourite things: chocolate and chilies.
Also, the packaging is awesome.
The brownie comes from Mary Louise Butters Brownies, and exhorts me to “life life more sweetly” right on the package. The company is out of Austin, keeping with the regional theme of this candy exchange, and they seem like witty, nice folks at the Mary Louise Butters Brownies company. After all, they offer a product called “nothing but butts,” which contains the edges of brownies. I hear that some people are into that kind of thing, although I wouldn’t know, because I always cut my brownies out of the middle of the pan.
At any rate, in addition to chocolate and chilies, my Aztec God brownie had butter, flour, eggs, walnuts, sugar, water, vanilla, espresso powder, salt, and baking powder. The chilies are actually “chipotles in adobo,” which means that the brownie also contained tomato puree (!), vinegar, sunflower seed oil, onions, paprika, and garlic. Zesty! It was also 14 ounces, which is a lot of brownie for one woman to handle.
It looks like they make brownies in a variety of frisky flavors, and I have to say, I was pretty down with the Aztec God. It had more or less what I would put in a brownie, although it did have a faintly oily or greasy texture, which was a little weird, but it seems to come with the territory when it comes to shelf stable packaged brownies. Not that this brownie will last forever—it does say to enjoy by 3 May. But it was rich with intense chipotle goodness, and I dug that. The brownie had a spicy kick, like, really spicy, and a hint of smokiness.
After a few bites, I knew that it was time to experiment, so I decided to create a brownietastic sundae of doom.
I started with a banana, chopped into rounds and lining the bottom of a bowl. Next, I broke the brownie into three rough chunks, and then scooped creme brulee and “Amazon chocolate” ice cream from Haagen-Dazs on top. I followed with a healthy dousing of home made hot fudge (melt butter, brown sugar in a heavy saucepan over low heat, add unsweetened chocolate, heavy cream, stir until combined and fudgy), and then put a healthy dollop of freshly made vanilla whipped cream on top.
I think I need to go lie down now.