Sunday, October 20, 2013

Crazy Ingredient Challenge- Pumpkin & Broccoli Chocolate Snack Cake

I know you're probably reading the title of this recipe and thinking I've gone over the deep end.... right? Well, it's for a good reason, I promise. Broccoli and Pumpkin Pie Filling were our assigned ingredients, this month for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge. Each month we are assigned two ingredients, that you wouldn't think of pairing with each other and our job is to go into the kitchen to concoct something delicious. This month was a little tough. First I thought Pumpkin Ravioli in a Broccoli cream sauce..... but did I really have time to make homemade ravioli? Not really. So I decided to go with dessert again. I figured pumpkin and chocolate go well together and chocolate paired well with cauliflower a few months ago, so why not try something chocolaty this month.

 I decided to go with a brownie type cake, topped with a delectable chocolate ganache frosting. Sounds yummy right??? I was really surprised to see my broccoli almost turn into some sort of pudding like substance, when I pureed it with the melted chocolate and cream. I almost went in the pudding direction at this point, adding the pumpkin filling, but continued on with my cake. I put it in the fridge, after topping it with the frosting and was pleased to see the part which met the cake was oozy, while the top of the frosting was more solid. It made for these mouthwatering drizzles of chocolate you see in the pictures. Doesn't it just make you want to grab a piece and take a BIG bite??? Hubby was hovering while I was taking my pictures, so I gave him a piece. He actually liked it and guessed the pumpkin right away, but couldn't taste the broccoli. If he liked it, it must be good, LOL.

Pumpkin & Broccoli Chocolate Snack Cake
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1 C steamed broccoli (cook it pretty well)
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/4 C heavy cream
1 C pumpkin pie filling
1/2 C sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1/2 C semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C heavy cream
2 C powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.

In a food processor, puree the broccoli with the melted chocolate and 1/4 C cream, until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl and whisk in the pumpkin pie filling, sugar and egg. In a small bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the chocolate mixture, and mix to combine. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for 25-35 minute; until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
Frosting: Heat the cream, in a medium saucepan, over medium heat; until bubbles begin to form around the edges. Place chocolate chips in a bowl and pour hot cream over top. Let sit 5 minutes, before whisking smooth. Whisk in powdered sugar, 1/2 C at a time, until mixture is slightly thick and smooth. Pour over cooled cake and smooth with and offset spatula. Place in refrigerator, 15 minutes. Using parchment, remove cake from pan and cut into pieces.

If you'd like to take part in next month's Crazy Ingredient Challenge, click on the image below!



Sarah Bates said...

Love that you made dessert Cindy! These brownies look delicious!

Jenn @ DaJen Eats said...

Oh my, those look so moist and delicious. I don't bake often because I'm really quite terrible at it but your instructions are very clear and I just may try it. Well done!

Bernadette said...

This sounds really good Cindy! It sounds easy, too, maybe I'll make it for Thanksgiving dessert next month!

HungryLittleGirl said...

Cindy I love that you were brave enough to turn these two ingredients into a sweet treat! Your cake looks so amazingly delicious! I definitely have to try this one too!

Sarah Reynolds said...

I was way too nervous to attempt dessert this month, but your dessert looks like something I'd order in a restaurant! I love that you wanted to try pumpkin ravioli in a broccoli sauce but decided against it due to time. I wanted to do broccoli ravioli in a pumpkin sauce and decided against it due to time too!

Dawn Bedingfield said...

Moist and delicious looking cake, I'd love to see the ravioli idea. That sounds perfect to me, but time consuming.

Kelster said...

Anything with chocolate gets my vote!

Lauren Everson said...

These look delicious. Cue mouth watering.

Jennifer Ferris said...

This looks so good!