Spicy Caramel Brownies

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
These fudgy brownies have a thick, rich swirl of dulce de leche and a kick from ground red pepper. If you prefer a milder version, omit or reduce the pepper. Allow egg whites to stand at room temperature 15 minutes to take the chill off before using.

Yield:

Serves 16 (serving size: 1 brownie)

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 179
Fat 5.3 g
Satfat 3.1 g
Monofat 1.1 g
Polyfat 0.2 g
Protein 3.9 g
Carbohydrate 29.3 g
Fiber 0.7 g
Cholesterol 14 mg
Iron 0.7 mg
Sodium 96 mg
Calcium 77 mg

Ingredients

1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large egg whites
4.25 ounces all-purpose flour (almost 1 cup)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Pour sweetened condensed milk into the top of a double boiler; place over boiling water. Reduce heat to low; simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until mixture is thick and caramel-colored, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.

2. Preheat oven to 350°.

3. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe dish, and microwave at HIGH 30 seconds or until almost melted, stirring after 15 seconds. Combine melted chocolate, 1/2 cup sugar, and butter in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg whites; beat until well blended. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup. Combine flour, 1/3 cup cocoa, baking powder, pepper, and salt. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat just until blended. Stir half of sweetened condensed milk into batter. Spoon batter into a 9-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Dollop the remaining sweetened condensed milk by the spoonful over chocolate mixture; swirl together using a knife. Bake at 350° for 19 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 16 squares.

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Julianna Grimes,

November 2011