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.
Pumpkin & Broccoli Chocolate Snack Cake
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 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!