I really wanted to make something traditional for dessert, but I'm not a flan fan, and sopapillas are only good when they are served from fryer to plate-- didn't want to have to cook while everyone was enjoying after dinner conversation.
I decided I would make a Cinnamon Chili Brownie with salted caramel.
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 (rounded) teaspoon ground cinnamon (canela)
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper (I used 1/2 tsp, but could have used more!)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
At some point I had read that if you simmer a can of sweetened condensed milk in a pot of water for several hours, it would turn to caramel. I tried it, and it is delish.
Take paper off of the can, submerge it in a pot of water; bring the water to a simmer (do not boil); refill the water when low (be sure to keep can completely submerged at all times). Simmer for three (ish) hours. Let can cool, then open, and spread on brownies.
Sprinkle a dash of kosher salt on the top.
Serve with a scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream and a cup of hot coffee.