Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies er Blondies

Brownies are squares of  rich.dense chocolate cake- a cross between cookie and cake actually.These can be made from cocoa or chocolate and can be cakey,chewy or fudgy based on density or  may contain nuts,cream etc.When you make a brownie using brownsugar with or without chocolate/cocoa then its a blondie.The blondie derives its flavour from brownsugar whereas it is chocolate taste predominant in  brownies.The blondies may contain nuts,chocolate chips etc.

 I was looking at few recipes on pumpkin whereas my dear aughter wanted brownies.A combined search led me to the Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies here. The recipe,which is low in fat, makes use of brown sugar and just 1 tsp of cocoa and folds in chocolate chips. I am feeling that it is blondies only anyway the taste was excellent.

Ingredients:

Dry Mix:
All Purpose Flour: 1 cup
Cocoa Powder: 1 tsp
Baking Powder: 1 tsp

Cinnamon :1/2 tsp
Allspice: 1/2 tsp

Nutmeg: 1/4 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp

Wet Mix:
Pumpkin: 1/2 cup (cooked/baked and mashed.)
{Egg:1  + Egg whites :2 } OR  Ener G Eggs: 2 : 1 tbsp of packed powder mixed with 5 tbsp of water.
Brown Sugar: 1/3 cup
Vegetable Oil : 2 tbsp

Chocolate Chips: 1/3 cups preferably white though I used both dark and white

Preparation:
Add all the dry items together in a bowl.

Mix together Pumpkin,sugar,oil and the eggs until well blended.Beat in the dry mix to obtain a smooth batter.

If using Ener G egg,you may need to add more water to get a flowing batter.Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into a square pan preferably lined and greased.I used an 8" one,but smaller ones will work fine as well.

Bake the brownie in a preheated oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes or more until the toothpick comes out clean.Cool completely in the baking pan and then serve cutting them into squares.

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The recipe mentioned dark choc chips,and when I followed the same I found that they positioned themselves at the edges of the batter and since I wanted the chocolate to stand out I topped the batter with white chocolate chips.But after putting in the oven when I checked them after about 25 minutes I found that they were starting to turn brownish and felt they may burn. So its better if you fold in the choc chips rather than just topping them. The change in timings could also be due to the fact that I used a dark metal pan.Anyway keep an eye on the oven after 20 minutes.




A simple brownie which is just a bit chewy. The taste and colour is from brownsugar as it has just a hint of cocoa.So these are blondies right? Just 2 tbsp of oil too. The pumpkin is like a hidden ingredient atleast for me. I do not know whether canned pumpkin will leave its taste. Anyway they were over much before I expected them to be.


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