Once upon a time, this blonde-haired Ninja Baking Goldilocks declared her love for American brownies. But in her heart of hearts, she knew something was missing. The bars lacked flavor. So, she searched high and low on her spice rack. Suddenly, she spotted three bottles of Asian spices. Carefully, she took down the bottles of Chinese Five Spice, Cardamom and Ginger. Each would need to be tested and tasted. So, in time for this week's #SundaySupper spice theme, she made 3 brownies. Two were a bit too much for her taste and one was just right. But maybe the bears in your neighborhood would love them all. (Please scroll down for the recipes and spicy details about the #SundaySupper Twitter event. This discussion around the virtual dinner table will be hosted by the delightful KimchiMom - Amy Kim, cook and skater extraordinaire!)
Chinese Five Spice Brownies:
Whisk together 2 T almond milk, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 tsp. Chinese 5 Spice,
1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Add contents of 1 Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix. Stir well. Pour into an 8 x 8 inch pan. Place 12 to 15 milk chocolate squares on top.
Bake at 325 for 43 minutes.
(Ice cream helps temper the heat of these fiery gems.)
First Goldilocks tried Chinese Five Spice. (The name of the spice refers to the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.) As the brownies baked, fiery, pungent fumes overpowered heavenly chocolate scents. Once the bars had cooled, with much trepidation and a shaking hand, Goldilocks cut the brownies into squares. She took a bite...Oh dear! This brownie contained too much heat for her palate. However, the little girl cubs down the hall (who are polite but always honest) tried Goldilocks' Chinese Five Spice concoction and declared it good.
Cardamom Rose Brownies:
Whisk together 2 T rosewater, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 1/2 tsp. cardamom.
Add contents of 1 Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix. Stir well.
Bake at 325 for 43 minutes. Cool.
Drizzle with Cardamom Rose Glaze:
6 T of powdered sugar whisked together with 1/2 tsp. cardamom and 1 T of rose water.
Still, this Ninja Baking Goldilocks moved on to try cardamom spice from Cardamom Hills in Southern India. For hundreds of years, this spice had been used for medicinal and flavoring purposes. Perhaps, combining cardamom with rose water would produce the perfect brownie.
So, Goldilocks whisked cardamom from India and rosewater into the brownie mix. Soon a garden of roses seemed to be blooming in the Ninja Baking kitchen. Once cooled, cut and glazed with a combination of rosewater, cardamom and confectioners' sugar, Goldilocks tested the brownies. She loved the smell of roses...Perhaps she was too picky. The moist chocolate in the bar was good. But, the heady rose perfume kept her from completely enjoying the bar. Plus, she wasn't really tasting any cardamom spice. She moved on to the ginger from China. (A spice which had long ago been exported to Japan and is an integral part of Japanese cooking.)
Whisk together 2 T milk, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, and 1/2 tsp. ginger.
Add contents of 1 Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix.
Stir in 1/2 cup of crystallized ginger candies.
Bake at 325 for 43 minutes. Cool.
Goldilocks baked her next batch of brownies with ginger spice and bits of crystallized ginger candy. She allowed the bars to cool and took a big bite. The ginger mingled well with the chocolately fudge. This Ninja Baking Goldilocks smiled and declared the ginger brownies were just right!
Here are a few more spicy gems which made other hungry bears smile.
Snappy Starters & Snacks
Hatch Chile, Grape & Grilled Onion Salsa from Shockingly Delicious
Spicy Tempeh Chips from The Urban Mrs
Sriracha Popcorn from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Cheese, Smoked Paprika and Fennel Crackers from What Smells So Good?
Baked Banana Pepper Poppers from Daily Dish Recipes
Spicy Black Bean and Corn Stew from Mama's Blissful Bites
Caldo de Camaron y Pescado (Shrimp & Fish Soup) from girlichef
Bajia with Tomato and Chili Chutney from My cute bride
Shredded Buffalo Chicken Salad from Casa de Crews
Sriracha and Parmesan Fries from Mess Makes Food
Smoky Salmon Chowder from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Hummus with Spicy Turkish Ezme Salad from Neighborfood
Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppedew Peppers from Healthy. Delicious.
Tofu Hariyali Kebabs-(Tofu Kebabs in Cilantro Sauce) from Soni's Food
Fiery Main Dishes
Spicy Stuffed Mexican Peppers from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Jalapeno Popper Fettuccine Alfredo from Chocolate Moosey
Baked Tilapia en Escabeche from La Cocina de Leslie
Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings with Two Dipping Sauces from Runner's Tales
Chorizo and Scallop Skewers from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
Buffalo Chicken Pizza from Cookin' Mimi
Thai Cashew Chicken from Doggie at the Dinner Table
Skillet Jambalaya from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Firecracker Chicken from Juanita's Cocina
Spiced Turkey Burger Patties from Cook the Story
Aubergine and Chickpea Curry from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Savory Tomato & Poblano Pie from An Appealing Plan
Venison Mole Rojo from Curious Cuisiniere
Za’atar Chicken with Fattoush from Food Lust People Love
Crispy Oven Fried Buffalo Chicken Tenders from In The Kitchen With KP
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Strips from Webicurean
BBQ Chicken Pizza with Poblano Peppers and Pepitas from The Wimpy Vegetarian Spicy Thai Beef Salad from Magnolia Days
Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Spicy Lemon Paprika Chicken Thighs from Family Foodie
Searing Sauces & Seasonings
Homemade Buffalo Sauce from Growing Up Gabel
Whole grain Mustard recipe - Moutarde à l'ancienne from Masala Herb
Homemade Sriracha Sauce from kimchi MOM
Zesty Sweets & Sips
Cinnamon Streusel Scones from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Fiery Pomelo from My Other City By The Bay
Cinnamon Monkey Bread from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Cinnamon Peanut Butter Skillet Blondies with Ice Cream from Vintage Kitchen Notes Goldilocks and the 3 Asian-Fusion Bars from NinjaBaking.com
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The Ninja Baker
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