Astronomers searching for the building blocks of life in a giant dust cloud at the heart of the Milky Way have concluded that it tastes vaguely of raspberries. The unanticipated discovery follows years of work by astronomers who trained their 30m radio telescope on the enormous ball of dust and gas in the hope of spotting complex molecules that are vital for life.
Finding amino acids in interstellar space is a Holy Grail for astrobiologists, as this would raise the possibility of life emerging on other planets after being seeded with the molecules. In the latest survey, astronomers sifted through thousands of signals from Sagittarius B2, a vast dust cloud at the centre of our galaxy. While they failed to find evidence for amino acids, they did find a substance called ethyl formate, the chemical responsible for the flavour of raspberries.
“It does happen to give raspberries their flavour, but there are many other molecules that are needed to make space raspberries,” Arnaud Belloche, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, told the Guardian.
Curiously, ethyl formate has another distinguishing characteristic: it also smells of rum. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/apr/21/space-raspberries-amino-acids-astrobiology)
In honor of such fantastic scientific news, I’ve created this Galaxy Brownie, because it has raspberries, rum and it tastes out of this world. Chocolate never hurt anything either!!
Froggie’s Galaxy Brownies
1 box Duncan Hines dark chocolate fudge brownie mix (mix as prepared on back of box, add ¼ cup French vanilla creamer )
1 box Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge brownie mix (mix as prepared on back of box, add ¼ cup French vanilla creamer )
1 (21 oz) Duncan Hines premium raspberry pie filling and topping
1 shot Captain Morgan Spice Rum
1 cup ghiradelli white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare brownie mixes in separate bowls, keep them separate. Butter/grease 13×9 pan. Spread dark chocolate fudge brownie mix on bottom. Reserve ½ cup of raspberry pie filling. Heat the rest in microwave for 1 minute to warm/thin it. Add rum and blend in. Spread evenly by spoon onto dark chocolate mix. Sprinkle white chocolate chips evenly on top of that. Take chocolate fudge brownie mix and spread that evenly on top of that. Bake in oven for 35-45 minutes, watching carefully in last ten minutes to make sure center is done.
Remove from heat.
I used an easy powdered sugar, milk glaze on this. (1 cups powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp milk, and then folded in the remaining ½ cup of raspberry pie filling) and then drizzled on top.
Options: You can omit the rum if desired. You can also use any ol brownie mix you’d like.