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My goal was to make a cinnamon brownie but I accidentally grabbed the smoked paprika (???) C for cinnamon…. S for smoked paprika…???? My spices are alphabetized in my spice drawers so I how I managed to do that is beyond me.
But some things are just meant to happen in life and this was one of them. It turned out that we love the smokey flavor that was added to the deep, rich chocolate. Since I WAS going to make a cinnamon brownie and top with chocolate ganache, I decided that caramel sounded like the perfect pairing for the smokey flavor. Sure enough, they came together like two-peas-in-a-pod.
While making the brownie batter and after watching the smoked paprika disappear into the batter, I felt that a hint of cayenne and cinnamon would further round out the flavors. I was right, they balanced each other quite well.
These brownies are rich, chewy, and a bit gooey with the luscious caramel frosting. A person might recommend serving them on a plate and daintily eat with a fork but I say…”Fork be gone, let they fingers do the work!” Besides, half the fun is licking all the sticky frosting from your fingers. Or should it drip beyond your fingers and on to the counter top… I am here to say that there is no shame in licking the counter top either. hehe
There is nothing more satisfying than indulging in a brownie such as this knowing that it is rich in omega 3’s, protein, fiber and energy giving life-forces. But do keep in mind… it is still a dessert and one that ought to be eaten in moderation. I know, I know, you didn’t want to hear that but what kind of “blogger” would I be if I didn’t keep an eye out for you?!
Before I let you go, I just wanted to say that this brownie can made and enjoyed right away or it can be chilled so the caramel has a little more time to stiffen up a bit. It is always nice to have such decadent treats such as this that can be made up quickly (providing you have the nuts already soaked and dehydrated, which is a great habit to get into) for those unexpected guests or cravings. Many blessings, amie sue
yields 8×8 pan
Caramel frosting & assembly: