Spiced Brownies

Spiced Brownies
12 months+, Toddler, Kid, Adult

Adapted from Mollie's Brownies https://food52.com/recipes/10697-mollie-s-brownies

Nutrition

Jeanne Louise Calment has held the record for being the oldest woman in the world (she died in 1997 at age 122) until Leandra Becerra Lumbreraswoman recently claimed to be 127, making her potentially the oldest person ever to have lived. Both of these women attributed their longevity to, among other things, lots and lots of chocolate. Jeanne Louise apparently ate 2 lb of chocolate a week until her doctor told her to give up sweets at age 119! Now I would be lying if I said these heavenly brownies are 'good' for you in the same way as the chocolate I imagine Jeanne and Leandra consumed. Chocolate has numerous health benefits mostly due to its flavanoid or anti-oxidant content. These range from cardiovascular improvements, enhancement of mood and cognitive abilities, insulin regulation and even assistance in weight loss! But all of these benefits come from chocolate that's 70% or higher without too much added fat and sugar which negates some of the positive effects (dammit). I can say, however, that these brownies are very very good for your soul and sometimes, that's reason enough. 

Yield

12 large brownies 

Ingredients

4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
12 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoons ground Ceylong cinnamon
2 cups coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour

Method

Preheat the oven to 350 C. Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add the paprika and cinnamon and whisk together to blend well. In a large bowl, blend sugar, eggs and vanilla at high speed for a couple of minutes. Add the spiced chocolate and butter to the mixture and blend well. Finally, add the flour and blend well again. Pour into an 8X8 inch greased pan and bake for 45 - 60 minutes. A toothpick should come out of the baked brownies with a little batter stuck to it but not wet (undercooked) or totally dry (overcooked). 

Serving Suggestions

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve as is with a glass of milk or with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream. They also work beautifully with a glass of tawny port wine (adults only). Salut!