Served at the 2014 Chocolate Wine Trail

•    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 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
•    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
•    1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. Press the paper into the corners of the pan and lightly grease the paper with butter.
Melt the 2 sticks of butter in a nonstick saucepan over medium-low heat; do not boil. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Add the sugar, eggs and vanilla to the saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
Add the cocoa, flour, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt and baking powder and mix until smooth. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out fudgy, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack, then use the parchment paper to lift out the brownies before slicing.

Serve with Concord wine.

Chocolate Brownie at Chocolate Wine Trail

Cayenne-Spiced Chocolate Brownie at Stone Hill Winery at the Chocolate Wine Trail 2014

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