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Friday, October 14

Mexican Brownies + Fair Moments for Fair Trade Month

Today I have a Mexican brownies recipe for you. And it’s fair trade. And it’s delicious. Are you ready? Let’s go!

#FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

I love Mexican chocolate. I was first introduced to this wonderful flavor by my Mexican college roommate Estela. She brought me Abuelita Mexican hot chocolate tablets from home and I hoarded, um, I mean cherished them. (Okay, hoarded. I would not allow anyone to use that chocolate willy nilly!) Fast forward to today and basically if we go anywhere and anything is Mexican chocolate flavored, I order it. The hint of cinnamon and chile peppers paired with chocolate just makes me happy. (And it reminds me of Estela, too, which also makes me happy!)

#FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

Fair Trade USA approached me to help celebrate their Fair Moments campaign this month, which is all about showing how our small everyday decisions can have a huge impact, something I really believe. For the post I wanted to share a recipe that used lots of great fair trade ingredients, but for some reason I was having a hard time settling on something. Then, as I was sitting in my kitchen staring at a pile of fair trade goodies with the kids, discussing what we could make, Cate mentioned brownies. Then the cinnamon started chanting, “Abuelita, Abuelita, Abuelita” and I knew Mexican brownies had to happen. (Okay, maybe that last part didn’t happen, but whatever. Close enough.)

#FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

Brownies are one of our family’s favorites and probably the most frequently baked item around here, after chocolate chip cookies, of course. Anna and I decided to make the Mexican brownies together and had a great conversation about what fair trade means. We talked about which ingredients in the recipe were fair trade and about how they are ingredients we use all the time. It was really cool neat sharing this with my daughter and I was grateful I could show her how we actively support such a great cause day to day.

#FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard#FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

The best part was taste testing with Anna and my mom, trying to get the perfect amount of cayenne pepper and cinnamon in the brownies. In case you’re wondering, we succeeded. The brownies came out awesome and everyone in the family loved them (even my mom who was most certainly suspect when I used the words “cayenne” and “brownies” in the same sentence). The cinnamon and cayenne flavors come through but in a subtle way and without too much heat.

#FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

Before we get to the post, let’s do a Fair Trade giveaway! One lucky, randomly-selected winner will receive a package from Fair Trade USA with the following goodies:

Fair Moments Fair Trade Giveaway at @janemaynard

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#FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard
And now, the recipe! I basically just used Ruth Reichl’s “A Better Brownie” recipe, which is one of my most favorite brownies. The brownies come out super fudgy and rich with this amazing crusty top that is to die for. Click here for the original non-spicy version. If you want to try the spicy version, here you go!

#FairMoments Fair Trade Mexican Brownies recipe from @janemaynard

Mexican Brownies
 
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This is one of my favorite brownie recipes, originally written by Ruth Reichl. I've given the recipe a Mexican twist with sugar and spice and everything nice...and Fair Trade!
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 5 ounces unsalted high-fat butter (I use regular old salted butter!)
  • 5 ounces unsweetened fair trade chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons best-quality, fair trade vanilla extract
  • 1½ teaspoons fair trade ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon fair trade cayenne pepper
  • 4 farm fresh organic eggs (Jane note: my eggs are not farm fresh, everything turns out fine!)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose white flour (spooned into a cup and leveled with a knife)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Butter a 9x9 or 8x8 square pan and line the pan with parchment paper. Butter the bottom and sides once again.
  3. Melt the chocolate and the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
  4. Beat the eggs and salt in a stand mixer. Add the sugar and beat on high for about 10 minutes, until the mixture has turned very light and thick. Add the chocolate mixture to the eggs, beating on low until just mixed.
  5. Gently stir in the flour until it just disappears.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, place in the middle of the oven and immediately turn the temperature down to 350ºF. Bake for 40 minutes; the brownies will be quite fudgy and a toothpick should come out not quite clean. Cool on a rack.
  7. Lift the brownies out of the pan by pulling up on the parchment paper. Set on a cutting board and cut into pieces.

 

The little plates in this post are from Q Squared NYC, in case you need to buy them because they are the CUTEST.


64 Comments »

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    betsy

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    bonnie Lawrence

    I can’t wait to try these brownies!

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    I’m skeptical like your mom, but might give it a try!

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    Ezzy

    i am tossed up between Immaculate Baking Co.’s Mixes or Endangered Species Chocolate bars.

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    Anne Pik

    I use Spectrum organic coconut oil – my fav!

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    Barbara

    Can’t wait to try these!

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    Aunti Barb

    I think I might try these brownies. Sounds like a fun combination.

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    karen r

    I use fair trade coffee and cocoa

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    Lindsay

    I use fair trade cocoa, & am looking into fair trade vanilla beans for making my own extract. The brownie recipe looks great- LOVE Mexican chocolate & have a stash of Ibarra that I bought in Mexico!

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    Cindy A.

    My favorite is Old World Drinking Chocolate from Lake Champlain Chocolates. It is so good you can eat the chips straight from the can.

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    Love, love the Mexican Brownie recipe!!!

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