:: Chocolate Pumpkin and Pecan Brownies

November 4, 2009 at 6:55 pm 15 comments

I promise no more pumpkin recipes up on the blog for while after today’s recipe!  But I did save the best till last!  These pumpkin brownies are so delicious, you just have to try them.  I didn’t manage to get my hands on pumpkin puree so I made my own.  I slowly roasted the pumpkin until it was soft, scraped out the flesh, then I puréed the mixture and passed it through a sieve.  Unfortunately my homemade purée didn’t have that authentic neon orange colour that you see in American food photo’s so you will have to allow me a little artistic creativity, as I did play around a little with the colours in the photos.

Chocolate, pumpkin and pecan brownies

Recipe from The Daily Mail

Makes about 20 squares
For the pumpkin mixture:
25g butter
75g cream cheese
100g caster sugar
1 egg
100ml pumpkin purée
1tsp vanilla extract
1/2tsp ground ginger
75g plain flour

For the chocolate mixture:
200g unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate, chopped
3 large eggs
300g granulated sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
125g plain flour
Pinch of salt
100g pecans, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
Grease and line a rectangular baking tin, approximately 20cm x 30cm (8-12in) and 3-4cm (1 1/4-1 1/2in) deep, with greaseproof or parchment paper.
To make the pumpkin mixture, beat all the ingredients together until smooth. Keep to one side.
For the chocolate mixture, melt the butter and chocolate together, either in a bowl over a pan of simmering water or gently in the microwave.
In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract with an electric hand whisk until thick and creamy.
Mix in the melted chocolate and butter. Finally, stir in the flour, salt and pecans.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the lined baking tin and level off the surface.
Using a tablespoon, drop dollops of the pumpkin mixture all over the top, and then, using the back of a table knife, loosely swirl it into the chocolate mixture.
Place in the oven and cook for about 25 minutes, until the top is cracking and the centre is just set.
Leave to cool in the tin for 40-45 minutes before cutting into bite-sized squares.


Entry filed under: chocolate, cream cheese, egg, flour, ginger, pecans, pumkins, vanilla extract.

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Miriam  |  November 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    In spite of the recent pumpkin hype… this looks good indeed, good enough to try!

  • 2. Kristin  |  November 4, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I'm pretty sure you can get American canned pumpkin puree at Fallon & Byrnes in Dublin (at least I was able to get it there in the past).

  • 3. Thérèse  |  November 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I got my Pumpkin Pureé in Fallon & Byrne too. The brand is Libby's. Made Pumpkin Pie with it – soooooooo good but will definitely be trying these brownies. Thanks Donal

  • 4. Donal  |  November 4, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Miriam- i know there has been looooads the last few days! Defo give them a go! 🙂

    Kristin- I had planned a trip to town to pick up some but never got round! Must remember for next year!

    Therese- Brill I'll keep it in mind- let me know how you get on with the brownies 🙂

  • 5. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets  |  November 5, 2009 at 2:54 am

    I've seen many variations of pumpkin brownies in the last few weeks but this is by far the most gorgeous. I may just have to give in and make some ;).

  • 6. Steph  |  November 5, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Wow, I'm so impressed that you made your own puree, especially since buying a can is so much easier. I like that this recipe uses cream cheese with the pumpkin filling.

  • 7. Nina Timm  |  November 5, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Not in a million years did I imagine one can put pumpkin in a brownie…..but am I glad you proved me wrong…..these brownies look so delicious!!!

  • 8. Sinja  |  November 5, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    such a bad thing to look at @ 8am.. LOL i'm starving. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • 9. Ramya Kiran  |  November 5, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Brownies look heavenly!! Great clicks.. Perfect for the season.

  • 10. Donal  |  November 5, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Xiaolu- Thanks I'm glad you like them- let me know how it goes!

    Steph- I was stuck and couldn't get into town and the pumpkins were just sitting there, so I thought I'd just go for it!

    Nina- Neither did I but they looked so good I had to try!

    Sinja- hahaha hope you got something to eat! 🙂

    Ramya- Thanks! 🙂

  • 11. George@CulinaryTravels  |  November 6, 2009 at 10:11 am

    They look amazing. Once we've finished the pumpkin pies I made I'll try these.

  • 12. Jenni  |  November 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    wow! these look delicious! 🙂 i LOVE brownies so i must try them.

  • 13. Lucy  |  November 8, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    What gorgeous brownies – these look utterly gorgeous! I can see these disappearing very quickly 🙂

  • 14. Bontang Fc  |  November 9, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Wooow,.delicious,…I'm came from borneo,….Great recipes,..but i dont like brownies..
    Thanks, GBu!

  • 15. Sara  |  November 10, 2009 at 12:25 am

    I love your recipes. You are also a very attractive man, how old are you?


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