Pumpkin Swirl Brownies, or "The one where the Bake-aholic finds herself (quite happily) in a rut"

Yes, yes, I know. I remember yesterday's post. And yes, I've heard the saying. Variety IS the spice of life. My problem is the only spices I'm thinking about right now are cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe a little cayenne. You know, the spices that go with pumpkin.

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
adapted from marthastewart.com

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups pumpkin
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan or dish. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper; butter lining.

Melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water (double boiler), stirring occasionally until smooth.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, cayenne, and salt in a large bowl; set aside. Put sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat until fluffy and well combined, 5 minutes. Beat in flour mixture.

Divide batter between two medium bowls (about 2 cups per bowl). Stir chocolate mixture into one bowl. In other bowl, stir in pumpkin, oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Transfer half of chocolate batter to prepared pan smoothing top with a rubber spatula. Top with half of pumpkin batter. Repeat to make one more chocolate layer and one more pumpkin layer. Work quickly so batters don't set.

With a small spatula or a table knife, gently swirl the two batters to create a marbled effect.

Bake until set, 40 to 45 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 16 squares.


dreamingmama said...

These look really yummy!! I'm in a little bit of a mommy rut and could really use some good baking therapy today! :) Do you use pumpkin out of a can?

Megan said...

dreamingmama, these would be the perfect therapy! and yes, pumpkin from a can.

dreamingmama said...

Bought some pumpkin today and plan on making these tomorrow. Hopefully they look as good as yours! :)

Jenn Rias said...

I'm a pumpkin FREAK!!! It seriously makes me so happy from the aroma to the taste! I'm a dancer though so I have to be sparing with my dessert consumption, so I'm always on the lookout for desserts that are going to be worth the calories...I cannot wait to make these brownies. Thank you so much for the pumpkin recipes...keep 'em coming!!