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My Obsession : Pumpkin Puree (or Pumpkin Brownies)

feed me, things that will make you fat October 28, 2013

You should know that I tend to go overboard when I fall in love with something. A man, a project, an ingredients. All these things tend to consume me for a while. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with finding a tasty Pumpkin Brownie recipe that didn’t suck. There are a ton of lazy three ingredient pumpkin brownie recipes out there, but frankly, they creep me out. I don’t try to make vegan food. I think gluten has it’s place in a lot of recipes. Pumpkin Brownies AHOY!

This obsession really started when I found 10 cans of Pumpkin Puree on sale at Kroger for less than $10.00. My economy being what it is, I took this as a sign from above that I needed to dabble in the Pumpkin Arts. (Wow, the caffiene is kicking in this morning). Dabble in the pumpkin arts? Who says that?

Pumpkin Puree for Recipes

Pumpkin Puree

My goal was simple: Make a pumpkin infused brownie that didn’t suck.

I present to you what I’ve managed to concoct.

Pumpkin Brownies

Serves 18 (or more if you are healthy, or less if you are a fatty)

Pre-Heat oven to 350

Ingredients:

Ingredients for Pumpkin Brownies

 

For the Brownies:

1 Box Brownie Mix (why go through the trouble of making scratch?)

All of the required stuff for brownies

For the Swirl:

3 Oz of softened cream cheese. (Seriously, make sure it’s softened)

Half can of Pumpkin Puree (15 oz can) . Do NOT use Pumpkin Pie filling.

1 egg

1/4 tsb nutmeg

1.5 tsb of cinnamon

3 TBL sugar

 

Ok- grab a 9* 13 brownie pan. Spray with your non-stick spray of choice. Set aside.

In one bowl, do up the brownies as per recipe.

Brownie Mix

 

In another bowl (or stand mixer bowl) add all of the filling ingredients:

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With a wisk attachment, blend filling ingredients together until smooth.

Pour brownie batter in prepared pan

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Take a tablespoon and drop the filling mix over the top

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Take a knife and pull through filling mix, to create a marbled effect.

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Toss in the oven for about 30-38 minutes. You will need to test to make sure the brownies and mix are completely cooked through.

 

Voila…. marbly, pumpkiny brownies. Let cool completely before cutting. I would strongly recommend keeping these puppies refridgerated if you don’t eat them all right away.

 

Craptastical Pumpkin Brownies

Craptastical Pumpkin Brownies

 

it all started with Vincent Price

random me October 28, 2013

 

God, I love Halloween. I love costumes, decorating, pumpkin themed stuff. More importantly than ANYTHING, I love, love, love Thriller.

Now, if you know me in the real world, you have to picture me this morning, doing the Thriller Dance in pj’s around my dogs.

It’s awesome.

Seriously though, this VIDEO used to scare the bejeezus out of me. I blame my sweet lovable Uncle Scott who made me watch it in my Grandparents basement. Or maybe, my Grandpa made me watch it. Either way, I blame the Carroll family. ┬áThese days, I feel it’s important to pass this bit of history down to the younger generations. Last week, I was babysitting two kids and we spent over an hour learning the thriller dance. Epic awesomeness.

These were the great days of MJ. When he was still black, still a observable male and more importantly, had the dance moves of a genius. How can you not want to start doing the thriller dance here and now?

The voice of Vincent Price used to spook me out, now I’m just proud that I know the entire thing.

Let’s be candid here: I’m a huge wimp. I hate, hate, hate, hate scary movies. I’ve never seen Poltergiest, Saw or anything with Freddy Krueger. I only know that 1-2 Freddy’s coming for you from one of my neighbors when I was a kid. NEVER have and never will see it. I finally saw the Exorcist last year, and I still am traumatized. Really, Thriller is about the speed in which I do scary. Barely scary with well choreographed dance moves.

In my perfect world, there would always be singing and dancing and someone doing a narration. Oh, and there would always be something baked and decorated thematically.

So, there you have it. The random musings of Michael Jackson and Halloween all before 9am on Monday morning.

Be awesome this week and don’t buy stupid candy for the trick-o-treaters. You know what I’m talking about- don’t buy the cheap ass stuff. Kids need the good stuff. They don’t need tootsie rolls or dum-dums. They need Kit-Kats and Reeses.

Or maybe I do.

Hmmmmmm