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Modern Farmer's Superhot Chili Brownies

September 26, 2013

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Hot sauce is just behind social gaming and solar panel manufacturing as one of the faster-growing industries in the US. And that means the race is on to grow the craziest, baddest, hottest chile peppers -- called superhots by those in the highly competitive chili pepper-growing world. With names like Ghost Pepper and Carolina Reaper, these peppers will make you cry, drool, and even get sick if you aren't careful.

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For more information on obsessive chili-growers and their insanely hot crops, read our full story. Or you could just make Lessley Anderson's spicy brownies.   

Superhot Brownies  

Makes one 9x13 pan   

4 eggs
1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
2 cups dark chocolate chips
1 to 2 pinches dried superhot chili pod (we used the Moruga Scorpion), ground to a powder, or other ground chili pepper of your choice  

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.  

Photo by James Ransom.

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Patryk O. March 4, 2016
I think the best way to find your own style with this Modern Farmer's Superhot Chili Brownies is check list of hottest peppers, for me jalapnelo is very hot, but Carolina Reaper can kill me :)
BTW if you want just check this list :)
Alexandra S. September 26, 2013
Love the sound of these! Ok, this is such an annoying question, but is there any way to use fresh jalapeños or habaneros? I ask bc a work friend of my husband gave us some beautiful peppers from his garden, and it would be fun to give him some homemade brownies as a thank you. No worries if this is not a suitable substitution. I have some chiles de arbol on hand too. Fun entry!
Marian B. September 26, 2013
You can try drying them at home!