Spicy Bakes: 5 Desserts Featuring Chili and Peppers

NNicholas November 2, 2023 7:03 AM

If you're looking for a unique way to spice up your baking, why not try incorporating some heat? Chili and peppers are not just for savory dishes, they can also provide a surprising and delightful twist to desserts. Here are five spicy desserts that brilliantly blend the worlds of sweet and spicy.

Spicy Chocolate Cake

The first dessert on our list is a Spicy Chocolate Cake. The rich, dark chocolate pairs wonderfully with a hint of chili, creating a beautifully complex flavor profile. Here's a simple recipe to try:

  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 200g butter
  • 250g powdered sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  1. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler.
  2. Mix in the sugar, chili flakes, and eggs.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 160°C (320°F) for about 25 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

Sweet and Spicy Muffins

Next, we have Sweet and Spicy Muffins. These muffins utilize cayenne pepper to give a warm, spicy kick that contrasts with the sweetness of the muffin batter. Here's a recipe to get you started:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  1. Mix together all dry ingredients.
  2. Beat in the butter, eggs, and milk until smooth.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (355°F) for about 20 minutes, or until golden on top.

Chili Pepper Cookies

Chili Pepper Cookies are another innovative dessert that incorporates chili. The shortbread-like cookies have a subtle heat that is balanced by the sweet cookie dough. Here is a quick and easy recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  1. Combine all the ingredients to form a smooth dough.
  2. Shape into cookies and bake in a preheated oven at 160°C (320°F) for about 15 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Spicy Apple Pie

Our fourth dessert is a Spicy Apple Pie. The classic apple pie gets a spicy makeover with the addition of fresh jalapeños. The result is a pie with a sweet, tangy, and spicy filling that is simply irresistible. Here's a recipe:

  • 2 pastry crusts
  • 6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped jalapeño peppers
  1. Mix together all the filling ingredients and pour into the pie crust.
  2. Cover with the second crust and bake in a preheated oven at 190°C (375°F) for about 50 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.

Chocolate and Chili Panna Cotta

Lastly, we have Chocolate and Chili Panna Cotta. This Italian dessert gets a spicy twist with the addition of chili. The smooth and creamy chocolate pairs beautifully with the heat of the chili, creating a truly unique dessert. Here's a recipe:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin
  1. Heat the cream and sugar until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  2. Stir in the chocolate and chili until smooth.
  3. Sprinkle the gelatin over the mixture and stir until dissolved.
  4. Pour into molds and refrigerate until set.

So, next time you're looking to add a little heat to your baking, consider these spicy dessert recipes.

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