In time for Purim when we celebrate venahafoch hu - a reversal and flip of the usual, Melinda Strauss from Kitchen-Tested shares her own reverse dessert: The spicy dessert! Melinda always comes up with creative ways to bring flavors together, and this example doesn't disappoint. - CookKosher
Whenever I don’t want my 3-year-old son, Zach, to steal food off of my plate, I just tell him that it’s spicy! He doesn’t even think twice about it. He just walks away. Okay, I’ll admit it, sometimes I’m not even eating something spicy but I am really particular about the food on my plate and I selfishly want to eat it all. Is that so wrong??
To make matters more confusing for Zach, I’ve started adding extra spice to my desserts and now he doesn’t know what he can eat! "Zachy, don’t eat the cookies because they are VERY spicy!" I say, and he gives me a strange look. In his cryptic language, he says "but Mommy, they are cookies! How can they be spicy?" So I let him try one. Big mistake! One tall glass of milk later and Zach is back to normal, playing in the other room as far away as he can get from my spicy desserts.
If you’re looking for something a bit spicier, try out this extra-spicy apple pie (link to pie recipe)! The sprinkling of ground cayenne pepper and ground ginger on the thinly sliced tart apples adds some serious heat to an otherwise simple and delicious apple pie. Just think of a Hot Tamale candy in a pie crust.
To enhance the spicy ingredients in my apple pie, I updated my original recipe by removing the lemon juice and replacing the granulated sugar with light brown sugar. The crunchy and flakey crust, brushed with whipping cream and sprinkled with sanding sugar for added sweetness, added balance to the intense heat from the spices.
Just don’t forget to warn your guests before they take their first bites of your spicy desserts! Maybe have some fruit salad and chocolate cake on the table for anyone who can’t handle the heat. Enjoy!