Bitter Hot Chocolate, Banana-Gingersnap Brulee, Cayenne Whipped Cream

Total Time:
1 hr
20 min
30 min
10 min

4 to 6 servings

  • Bitter Hot Chocolate:
  • 2 cups chopped dark chocolate
  • One 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 slices fresh ginger
  • 2 serrano peppers
  • Cayenne Whipped Cream:
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne
  • Banana-Gingersnap Brulee:
  • 3 bananas
  • 8 to 12 gingersnaps
  • Granulated sugar, for sprinkling
  • Cayenne pepper, for sprinkling
  • Special equipment: a kitchen blowtorch

  • For the bitter hot chocolate: Put the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and set aside.

  • Put the coconut milk, heavy cream, granulated sugar, salt, cayenne, cinnamon, ginger slices and serrano peppers in a saucepan and bring to a simmer, whisking to combine. Pour the mixture over the chocolate in the bowl and let steep until the chocolate is melted and the flavors are married, at least 30 minutes. Remove the ginger slices and serrano peppers.

  • For the cayenne whipped cream: Whip the heavy cream to slightly thickened soft peaks. Sift in the powdered sugar, cinnamon and cayenne. Continue to whip until medium to stiff peaks are achieved.

  • For the banana-gingersnap brulee: Slice the bananas and top each gingersnap with a few banana slices. Sprinkle the bananas generously with granulated sugar and some cayenne pepper and brulee with a kitchen blowtorch.

  • Serve the chocolate warm in bowls with a side of the banana-gingersnap brulee. Dollop with the cayenne whipped cream as desired.

Propane Gas Torch Safety: Propane gas torches are highly flammable and should be kept away from heat, open flame, and prolonged exposure to sunlight. They should only be used in well-ventilated areas. When lighting a propane gas torch, place the torch on a flat, steady surface, facing away from you. Light the match or lighter and then open the gas valve. Light the gas jet, and blow out the match. Always turn off the burner valve to "finger tight" when finished using the torch. Children should never use a propane gas torch without adult supervision.

Contestant/Competition Recipe: This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchen have not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

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