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Recipe for brown-butter saffron spice brownies

Brown-butter saffron spice browniesKaroline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe

Makes 9

Saffron adds a warm, savory quality to the other spices in these brownies — cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg — while the brown butter offers nuttiness.

Butter (for the pan)
Flour (for the pan)
½cup flour
¼teaspoon baking powder
¼teaspoon salt
cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼teaspoon ground cardamom
¼teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼teaspoon ground ginger
¼teaspoon ground nutmeg
1cup sugar
½cup (1 stick) butter, cut up
Pinch of saffron threads, crushed with the back of a spoon
1ounce bittersweet chocolate, coarsely grated

1. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan. Dust it with flour, tapping out the excess.

2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to blend them.

3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar; set aside.

4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the butter. When it melts, add the saffron. Continue to heat until the butter turns a light brown color. Whisk the hot brown butter into the egg mixture. Stir in the flour mixture just until combined. Fold in the grated chocolate.


5. Spread the mixture evenly in the baking pan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the brownie comes out clean.

6. Let the brownies cool in the pan. Cut 2 ways in one direction and 2 ways in the other to make 9 squares. Remove with a spatula. Carlos Olaechea