One of our favorite spots to buy spices is the famous spice shop Roellinger in the Quartier Saint Anne, in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. This legendary spot in Paris inspired us to create the recipe for these delicious spiced brownies.
We love walking around Paris and dicovering new spots every chance we get! An oldy, but a goody is this spice shop. It is a treasure trove of hard-to-find spices and rare vanillas and peppers.
We developed our spiced brownies recipe while dreaming about our Roellinger spice shop journey. Keep reading to learn a little more about Roellinger and buying spices in Paris.
Spices in Paris : Roellinger’s pepper selection
They are known for their selection of rare peppers. They have over 15 types of Pepper available for sale, including peppers from Sri Lanka, Vietnam and India.
Spices in Paris : Roellinger’s selection of vanillas
You can also visit the vanilla counter where there are over 15 types of rare vanillas to choose from as well. Their vanilla section comes from all over the world : Mexico, Tahiti, Madagascar, India and the Congo.
Visiting this spice shop is like taking a little trip around the world!
Spices in Paris : Roellinger’s special selection of spices that are hard to find in Paris
We went to Roellinger recently on a quest to find Sumac. Although Sumas has become quite popular in the US & Canada, it remains hard to come by in Paris. We were looking for it to prepare a specific dish and we had look everywhere! We did not know where to go to find it. We finally thought to take a look at Roellinger and were thrilled that we did. If you are looking for Sumas in Paris, you can find it at Roellinger!
Spices in Paris : Roellinger is a must-see spot for picture taking, people watching and spice purchasing
We definitely recommend you stop by this spice shop on your next trip to Paris. It is worth a vist for so many reasons. First of all, it has a vintage quality to it and is a delight for all of the senses. It is a gorgeous place to take pictures other than the Eiffel Tower or the Champas Elysées (although we absolutely think you should take those photos before leaving too!). You will leave with some special purchase – either something you have been trying desperately hard to find in Paris and have not been able to unearth or a new ingredient that you discovered in the store.
There is really something for everyone in this store. As with most spots in Paris, it is also a really fun place to people watch as so many different types of people will come in and out of the store during the time you are shopping.
Spices in Paris : Roellinger as our inspiration for these spiced brownies
Our spiced brownies are a yummy combination of dark chocolate, white pepper, chilli pepper, baies de roses, cardamom and cloves. Eating them will transport you to Paris and the Roellinger spice shop.
We made a large batch of these spiced brownies added a yummy layer of lemon meringue to some of them. We highly recommend this version of these brownies too. The lemon and dark chocolate are a lovely balance and are really good together.
Special materials needed for this recipe :
- Rectangular brownie mold (we love this one from Le Creuset)
- Melting pot for heating the chocolate
- Pink pepper
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- 6 white pepper corns
- 6 baies de rose
- 1 clove
- 2 cardamom pods
- 1 spicy chilli pepper
- 120 g dark chocolate (we used organic dark chocolate - 52 percent
- 50 g dark chocolate for your chocolate chunks (we used "Nestle's Dessert Corsé" 100 percent beurre de cacao)
- 120 g butter
- 2 eggs
- a pinch of powdered vanilla
- 150 g brown sugar
- 60 g of moscavado sugar
- Use a mortar to crush your spices and put aside for later.
- Pre-heat your oven to 350°.
- Melt the dark chocolate "en bain mairie" using your stove and a large glass bowl or a .
- At the same time, heat the butter in a small casserole until it is slightly browned, also known as "beurre noisette".
- Add sugar to the melted chocolate and mix until smooth.
- Add a shot of espresso.
- Crack the eggs open in another large bowl. Mix gently to break yolks.
- Add spices to the eggs.
- Move chocolate mixture to your kitchenaid mixer (or other stand mixer).
- Wait for chocolate and butter to cool.
- Add the eggs to the chocolate and mix.
- Add a pinch of vanilla and the (cooled), melted butter to the chocolate mixture.
- Add the flour to the mixture, little by little, and mix completely.
- Prepare your chocolate chunks by cutting the chocolate into pieces using a sharp knife.
- Fill your baking mold with the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle chocolate chunks on top.
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. You will know your brownies are done when you can poke them and the stick comes out clean!
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