One thing about the Fall season is that people get to enjoy the fruits and vegetables of the season. One of those is pumpkin.
Pumpkins are a very versatile and delicious food. One of the questions people have every year is whether it is a fruit or a vegetable. According to expert Joe Masabni, Ph.D., “a pumpkin is a fruit simply because anything that starts from a flower is botanically a fruit”.
What is unique about pumpkin is that it can be used as both a savory food as well as in sweets. Pumpkin is tasty in pasta, risotto, chili, stews, and baked dishes just to name a few recipes. For sweets, the dishes that can be used are endless.
Here is a great sweet recipe that is easy and delicious.
Pumpkin Brownies With Chocolate Chips:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Use cooking spray or grease with butter on a 9x13 baking dish & set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), whip together 1 cup salted butter, and 1 cup light brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy about 2-3 minutes.
- Drop mixer speed to low and mix in 2 eggs, 1 cup pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes.
- Keeping mixer speed on low, slowly blend in dry ingredients, about 1/2 cup at a time. Mix until dry ingredients are incorporated with minimal clumps for about 2-3 minutes.
- Remove bowl from mixer. Add 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, then use a spatula to gently fold them into the batter.
- Pour the batter into a prepared baking dish. Use a spatula to spread the batter into a smooth, even layer.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean with no crumbs.
- Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting