Serious Heat: Hot Brownie Sundae

Editor's note: On Thursdays, Gretchen VanEsselstyn of Chile Pepper Magazine drops by to drop some serious heat. Today, serious heat in an unexpected place.

Here at Chile Pepper, we use hot sauce in everything--even dessert. These are some of our favorite sweet hot sauces--plus, a red-hot brownie recipe to keep the flame burning, even at the end of the meal.

Crazy Uncle Jester's AfterBurner Habanero Hot Fudge Sauce is a creamy, rich, spicy chocolate sauce that will definitely give new meaning to your next hot fudge sundae. Warning: This is not for the weak of tongue.

Crazy Jerry's Gold 'N' Heat Peach Dessert Hot Sauce is a sweet sauce with golden flakes that looks great as a drizzled garnish on any dessert.

Captain Spongefoot Trading Company Cranberry-Chipotle, with tart berries and smoky chipotles, begs for a turkey sandwich.

W.O. Hesperus Captain Mowatt's Fireberry is a raspberry purée with a splash of heat that's perfect for a smoothie.

Half Moon Bay Trading Company Bee Sting Honey n' Habanero is Asian-influenced with a shock of sweetness followed by fire.

Hana Hotties Pineapple is like sipping spiked pineapple juice with a wallop of heat.

Gosling's Gourmet Mango Tango Habanero is a rum-soaked dream with a hit of habanero and bits of ginger.

Melinda's Mango Coconut Pepper's texture is enhanced by grated coconut; so yummy that you'll lick this mild sauce straight off the spoon.

Serious Heat: Hot Brownie Sundae

About This Recipe

Yield:12; zest factor: medium to hot
This recipe appears in: Happy Birthday (Maybe) to the Ice Cream Sundae


  • For the brownies:
  • 7 tablespoons butter, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar-based hot sauce, such as Tabasco or Texas Pete
  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 eggs
  • 11/4 cups sugar
  • For the fudge sauce:
  • 4 1/2 ounces chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350°. Butter a 9-inch square baking dish, and dust with cocoa powder. In a measuring cup, combine milk and hot sauce, and stir well. Set aside to sour. In a double boiler, melt butter and both chocolates; remove from heat. In large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder and salt. Combine flour mixture with walnuts and chocolate chips.

  2. 2

    Using a mixer, beat together eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour reserved melted chocolate into the egg mixture, and mix until well incorporated. Slowly stream in the soured milk mixture. Gently stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Pour batter into the pan, and bake until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

  3. 3

    Place chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. In a medium pot over medium-high heat, combine sugar, honey and hot sauce, and bring to a boil. Cook until mixture turns a dark amber color, about 1 to 2 minutes. Carefully whisk in cream. Then whisk in butter and salt until smooth. Remove from heat, and pour mixture over chocolate. Allow to sit 1 minute to melt; stir until smooth. Keep warm, or reheat gently over low heat. Drizzle sauce over brownie and ice cream to serve.


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