Friday, 6 September 2013

Fudgy Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cup Brownies














So, I did this.... and they are awesome... and fudgyeeee. And now I'm here at home at 1.30pm... with a platter of these brownies in front me and a hole in my tummy that just can't be filled because I did a 7k run and too many push ups this morning. Alone... for hours before the kids get home from school. Some body better come over and save me from myself.



Fudgy Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Makes 16

230g pumpkin puree
100g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
150g caster sugar
150g packet mini peanut butter cups, reserve 8 for topping

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Spray a 20cm x 20cm cake pan with cooking oil spray and line it with baking paper. Cut the paper long enough for it to hang over the edges of the pan on two sides. This will make removal easier.

Place the flour, cocoa powder, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk briefly with a hand-held whisk to combine and get rid of any lumps. Add the pumpkin puree and stir gently with a spatula until incorporated. Set 8 mini peanut butter cup aside (they are for topping the brownies), and chop the rest into quarters. (I ended up with about 10, after having eaten a few couple... for quality control!) Add these to the brownie batter and stir.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, spreading the batter to the edges and smoothing the top. Cut the remaining 8 mini peanut butter cups in half and arrange the halves, cut-side down, on top of the batter so that when you eventually cut the brownies, each brownie will have a mini peanut butter cup half in the centre of it. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Let cool completely in the pan before removing (using the overhanging paper to help lift the brownie slab out of the tin), and cutting into squares.

14 comments:

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    1. Thanks Lea. These are dangerously delicious.

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  2. Yummm, pumpkin in fudge, a way to make it 'healthier', I love it mouaha :) With the PB cups...wow!

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    1. The addition of pumpkin makes these almost health food bars, right?

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  3. Perfect for a celebration! Chocolate, peanut butter and pumpkin, what a splendid pairing of flavors!

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    1. Thanks Deb. These would be great for a party.

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  4. I just love all of the flavors in this. Hey, on serious eats there is a recipe for
    a s'mores cake.......shall I e-mail to you? Let me know via Facebook.

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    1. Thanks Patty. I would love that recipe. You know how I feel about s'mores?

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  5. I seriously want these! The pumpkin flavor sounds awesome with the chocolate and peanut butter cups!

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    1. I don't think you can go too far wrong where pumpkin, chocolate and peanut butter are involved.

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    1. Thanks Sara. You just put a big smile on my face.

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  7. How did you get a bag of Reeses pb cups fellow Aussie?!?!!! I can never find them over here. But it's probably better that I can't find them, or I'd make this brownie slab and eat the whole thing, by myself, with smears of peanut butter all over my fingers!

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    1. Haha Laura - I have a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy... But seriously, I got them at a local deli. This place has the most eclectic mix of things. It was the first place I ever saw marshmallow fluff in this country. I'm betting they'll have chipotles in adobo sauce before Coles or Woolworths do too.

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