Pumpkin Brownies

July 7, 2021Sew White

These pumpkin brownies are absolutely delicious and so easy to make. The mix of fudgy chocolate brownie and pumpkin is a match made in heaven. These pumpkin pie brownies are a perfect Halloween dessert and a great way to use up your leftover pumpkin from pumpkin carving.

This is a pumpkin brownies UK recipe but has a conversion for US measurements too. You can use homemade pumpkin puree or shop-bought pumpkin puree.

Plus I’m convinced that the pumpkin in some way makes it a tiny bit healthier than normal. Well it does now contain some tasty vegetable puree so that has to count if only a little bit.

What can I serve with pumpkin brownies uk?

The best thing you can serve with warm fudgy pumpkin brownies is a dollop of whipped double/heavy cream. However I do love having a scoop of vanilla ice cream with mine, especially when they are freshly baked and still warm. I can’t help but dive right in and enjoy when the brownies are still warm, squidgy and fudgy.

A corner slice of the golden pumpkin brownies on a piece of greaseprrof paper

What makes brownies more fudgy?

The greatest way to make brownies more fudgy is to add pumpkin. It keeps them moist and the natural sugars help the chocolate brownie mix stay more fudgy when cooking.

Another way to make brownie more fudgy is to reduce the baking them. Over cooking them is the easiest way to remove any hope of them being fudgy when they’ve cooled.

Do brownies harden as they cool?

Yes brownies do harden as they cool. They might be molten and squidgy when you take them out of the oven but as they cool they will dry out slightly. The pumpkin will help keep them soft and making sure you remove them when they are still squidgy will help them softer for longer.

When I make these pumpkin brownies I add the chocolate mixture to the prepared cake pan and dollop spoonfuls of the pumpkin puree on top. From here I used a spoon to swirl it together.

After baking, the brownies have gorgeous orange pumpkin slithers throughout them. I love the mix of colour and shiny brownies this recipe creates.

Pumpkin puree brownies

Adding pumpkin puree into brownies is a really easy way to add pumpkin to your bake. If you have leftover pumpkin puree or you fancy adding it couldn’t be easier. For this pumpkin puree brownies recipe, I create a normal tray of brownies and before baking, I swirl the puree through the chocolate.

This way I give each slice of the finished fudgy pumpkin brownies a mix of dense chocolate and then a bit of pumpkin with chocolate. You can mix it in completely but I prefer this way. I like the squidgy areas of the brownie where there is dense pieces of spiced pumpkin puree.

You can keep the pumpkin as it is when you puree it for the brownies or you can add some delicious spices. I would recommned cinnamon! The cinnamon, or other spices, work so well with the pumpkin and chocolate and take it to the next level.

ready to cut the fudgy chocolate brownies with pumpking

What does pumpkin puree do in baking?

Pumpkin puree in baking adds flavour but can also add moisture to your baking. The soft vegetable when cooked goes soft and squishy. When added to cake or pumpkin brownies like this recipe it gives a softer baker and keeps the finished bake moister.

It is also a brilliant way to add vegetables in to your bake and make your bakes more healthy. Adding pumpkin puree to your bakes also gives you a autumn / winter feeling as it brings in the love of pumpkin pie to what you make.

Pumpkin doesn’t have a strong flavour but is very versatile in how it can have flavours added to it. It works well being mixed into chocolate recipes like this one. However, it can be used with a range of spices and herbs. For example, a pumpkin and other squashes are a brilliant addition to curries. The curry powder and heat from the spices works incredibly well.

glossy dark chocolate pumpkin brownies on a sheet of parchment paper

What can I do with half a can of pumpkin?

These brownies are a great way to use up leftover pumpkin puree or half a can of pumpkin. You don’t need much but you could easily do a batch of brownies, half with pumpkin and half without. Making brownies definitely gets my vote for what to do with half a can of pumpkin.

Can I use homemade pumpkin puree for the chocolate brownies?

Yes I think pumpkin brownies are a brilliant and easy Halloween dessert to make with home-roasted pumpkin. If you use homemade puree you also have the option of having it more shredded or make the puree smooth with a blender.

how to cook pumpkin pin

Check out my how to cook pumpkin guide to see how to take your pumpkin and transform it into a gorgeous baked vegetable. Once cooked the pumpkin is perfect for use in savoury dishes. Or you can pop it into the blender to make puree which can be used in this pumpkin brownie recipe. It is a great way to make your own pumpkin filling and is very easy too. If I can do it, you can too!

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Pumpkin Brownies

Sisley White
These pumpkin brownies are absolutely delicious and so easy to make. The mix of fudgy chocolate brownie and pumpkin is a match made in heaven. These pumpkin pie brownies are a perfect Halloween dessert and a great way to use up your leftover pumpkin from pumpkin carving.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Bakes, Sweet Treats
Cuisine American, British, International
Servings 20 large slices
Calories 255 kcal

Equipment

  • 9 x 9 inch square cake tin
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • greaseproof paper

Ingredients
 
 

  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 250 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 200 g soft brown sugar
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 120 g plain flour / all-purpose flour
  • 80 g cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 200 g pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice (pumpkin pie spice)

Instructions
 

  • Line and lightly grease a 9-inch x 9-inch cake tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160 fan/350ºF.
  • Melt the chocolate and butter in a microwave in short bursts or over hot water. Once melted set aside to cool.
  • Whisk the sugars, vanilla and eggs with extra egg yolk until light and fluffy. (the extra yolk really helps get a crisp top to the brownie).
  • Add the slightly cooled melted chocolate and mix together.
  • Sieve in the flour, a pinch of salt, baking powder and the cocoa powder and mix until combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin.
  • In a bowl mix the pumpkin puree with your choice of spices. I go for cinnamon for these but all those iconic winter spices and pumpkin pie spices work.
  • Add dollops of the pumpkin to the brownie mix.
  • Using the back of a spoon pull the pumpkin in to the chocolate. This way you get lovely brownies with strong areas of pumpkin. You can mix them in more if you would like.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes in the middle of the oven. Add an extra 10 if you want it to have a firm set.
  • Remove from the tin and allow to cool on a wire wrack for at least a few seconds before cutting in and enjoying.

Notes

•Enjoy when it’s still warm with ice cream or cream.
•Once cooked and cooled you can wrap the pieces up and pop them in the freezer.

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 18mgPotassium: 188mgFiber: 3gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 1922IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 2mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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6 Comments

  • Jess

    July 28, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Is there anything better than chocolate and pumpkin!? Absolutely not…these are the best!5 stars

    1. Sew White

      July 28, 2021 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you so much Jess. I agree they are rather a delicious pairing. I could easily eat this all year.

  • Jacqueline Meldrum

    July 28, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Those look so good. I would never have thought of the flavour combo but it sounds tasty.5 stars

  • Jersey Girl Cooks

    July 28, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    I love the combination of chocolate and pumpkin. So good!5 stars

  • Jessie

    July 28, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    WOW!!! These look and sound amazing!! I can not wait to give these a try pumpkin desserts are my favorite!5 stars

  • Michelle

    July 28, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    These brownies look so decadent and delicious — love the addition of pumpkin! I always have cans of it, so I now now what to make with it!5 stars

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