Monday, October 28, 2013

pumpkin pistachio brownies // espresso glaze

pumpkin pistachio brownies // espresso glaze
Let me tell you about these brownies- they are super delish and fudgy and it only took me 4 times to get the recipe spot on for you. Justin was so tired of eating brownies, I thought he was going to start chucking brownies at me if I made another batch. The boy loves him some brownies but 4 times in a span of 3 weeks was a little much- honestly one pan of  brownies that were a little on the dry side found its way into the trash can. My last batch turned out perfectly, not too moist, not too dry just perfect chocolate brownie goodness.
pumpkin pistachio brownies // espresso glaze
Brownies are one of the simplest of sweets to make.You could technically make this a one pot brownie recipe by sifting the flour directly into the sauce pan after melting the chocolate and vegan butter. The glaze is totally optional, but if you want to take this brownie to the next level I highly recommend glazing these bad boys up. The pistachios are definitely not optional - if you really can't make the pistachios happen add another nut to the mix with a bit of sea salt sprinkled on top.
pumpkin pistachio brownies // espresso glaze
When Justin learned I was making yet another batch of brownies he refused to partake in the taste testing, he was brownied out. So I made a batch and brought a plate over to my Sister to dole out to her friends, who mumbled rave reviews between bites of brownies. I set aside another plate to take to work with me the next day. In true Heather fashion I forgot to take the brownies with me, I came home that afternoon to find  1 1/2 brownies left on the plate. It clearly was not me who ate the plate of  brownies, for someone who wanted no part of this last round of brownie business they seemed to have disappeared awfully quick. Justin admitted to devouring the plate of brownies during lunch and the best part, he said they were perfect  - finally success! Justin can be a pretty tough critic so his stamp of approval is a pretty big deal.

pumpkin pistachio brownies // espresso glaze pumpkin pistachio brownies // espresso glaze
pumpkin pistachio brownies // espresso glaze
If you plan on taking this up a  notch with the glaze, I recommend either enjoying the batch the same day or storing the brownies in the fridge for up to 3 days. I found when kept at room temp (with the glaze) it did not remain set, I believe my kitchen was a little too warm; better safe than sorry.

pumpkin pistachio brownies // espresso glaze
Early on in our relationship I would make brownies on a regular basis for Justin. This was prior to our pre vegan days. Justin celebrated his 2nd year of being vegan this past June, once in a while he has a hard time getting past what something "should" taste like or what he remembers it tasting like. He kept envisioning the old (super decadent and unhealthy) version of brownies I once made, once he got past the "what it should be/taste like" hurdle, he was able to fully enjoy the vegan (and a bit healthier) brownie, not to mention the more compassionate brownie of the bunch. 
pumpkin pistachio brownies // espresso glaze
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  pumpkin pistachio brownies // espresso glaze
Pumpkin Pistachio Brownies ~ Espresso Glaze
makes (1) 8 x 8 pan

you will need:

for the brownies
1 1/4 cup all purpose or spelt flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick earth balance buttery sticks
3oz vegan dark chocolate
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 cup coconut sugar or vegan sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 tbsp roughly chopped pistachios

for the espresso glaze
 1 cup vegan powdered sugar
1/4 - 1/8 tsp espresso powder
1-2 tbsp almond or non dairy milk

assembly: 
pre heat oven to 350*

In a medium mixing bowl add dry ingredients {flour through salt} - set aside.

In a medium sauce pan over low/medium heat add vegan butter through sugar - stirring continuously until butter and chocolate as melted. Add the chocolate mixture to the flour and stir until combined.

Pour batter into a greased 8 x 8 baking pan {if you are skipping the glaze, sprinkle the pistachios over the brownie batter prior to baking}. Bake in a pre heated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out with a few moist crumbs when tested in the center of the pan.

Remove from oven and allow to fully cool.

To make the glaze, simply place the ingredients in a small bowl and mix until smooth.

Pour glaze over cooled brownies and sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Store brownies in the fridge up to 3 days or at room temp for 1 day.

 {without the glaze brownies can be stored at room temp up to 3 days}

Enjoy!
Yum

36 comments:

  1. These look amazing! I'm glad you finally had brownie success with them. That's so funny that Justin caved while you were at work. They must be some enticing brownies! I'm generally anti-nut when it comes to baked goods, but pistachios could change my mind. They are one of my favorite nuts, and I can imagine them being terrific with chocolate.

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    1. He totally caved! I have to say pistachios are a favorite of mine too, Justin is pretty anti nut in baked goods whereas I love them!

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  2. I'm all over that glaze...awesome! Plus pistachios and chocolate are fabulous together - yum!

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  3. wow lady. these look spectacular! the pictures are so amazing i can almost taste them!

    dayv is the same way- things are not as he remembered tasting pre-vegan days, but he's been slowly getting out of that mindset. he just had his 3 year vegan-versary! i'm so proud ;)

    i have always been a no-nut kinda girl when it comes to cookies or brownies. although, i'm pretty sure peanuts would be the exception... ;)

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    1. I always say this to you but I swear Justin and Dayv were related in a past life :) I was so excited when Justin went vegan, I am so proud of him too, I believe he really was addicted to cheese, he ate it like 3 times a day before becoming vegan:(

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  4. I think you've just put together every single ingredient I love and made them into brownies. Pumpkin puree, chocolate, coffee, pistachios... MIND. BLOWN.

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  5. ohgoodgolly that's a brilliant combination...I understand why Justin couldn't resist that perfect pan of them. And yes, definitely, pistachios in! I like nuts in really rich dense complex-flavored brownies like this, not in fluffier lighter cake brownies. Many thanks for the recipe! :)

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    1. Even after 3 batches he could not resist, they are like his kryptonite!

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  6. Oh my gosh, these brownies sound incredible! All the flavors, all together... my mind is blown. I can seriously understand why Justin wouldn't be able to resist a plate of these, even after 3 previous batches of brownies.
    (Also, I am all for nuts in my brownies -- I typically go for walnuts, but the pistachios sound like the perfect way to mix things up!)

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  7. Oh my gooodness... what a tease you are ;)
    These look absolutely stunning!!!! Yum!
    I would love to come over for a little brownie date ;)
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Ella! They sure are pretty too look at, pistachios have a way of making everything look and taste better!

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  8. ohh these sound delicous. i'll be incorporating that glaze into other treats.

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  9. These look fabulous! Anything that has pumpkin in it is good in my book :-)

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  10. Wowow these look so tasty. I love nuts in my brownies and even if I were allergic I'd have to make an exception for these ;)

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  11. Yay for Justin's 2 year veganversary! These brownies are killer and that glaze is beautiful. I wish I could've been one of your test subjects. :-)

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  12. Oh my god, you seriously just combined all of my favorite things into one fabulous dessert. It's been too long since I checked in with your blog, but boy am I happy to be back! And I cannot wait to try these.

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    1. Hi Ruby! I have missed reading your blog, just added your new blog to my reader, can't wait to check out what you have been up to! xo

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  13. All I can say is...wow. You've pushed all my buttons with this one!!

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  14. I'm actually not a brownie person, but I would definitely be tempted to eat these with that espresso glaze and pistachios on top! I bet the pumpkin makes them extra moist too. You're lucky that you have a cooperative test subject to help you improve your recipes!

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    1. My sister is not a brownie person, which I don't quite get :) They are super decadent, but still not crazy bad for you!

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  15. ooh i would eat any fudgy brownie with or without nuts.. congratulations to Justin on the 2 year veganversary.
    luckily vivek doesnt mind the change in tastes and textures. i think some times he doesnt even remember what the pregan stuff tasted like, so anything close to it that brings some memoery back is a winner in his books,

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    1. I am so proud of Justin and so grateful that he decided to make the change to support me :) Justin is so picky about tastes and textures, you are SO LUCKY Richa :)

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  16. Oh yay for 2 years as a vegan- what an awesome way to celebrate the milestone :)

    I am torn on the nuts/no nuts brownies. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I hate them. I'm indecisive, so sue me ;)

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    1. Haha sometimes you feel like a nut sometimes you don't....they have a song for someones like you Gabby!

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  17. Made these today. They were delicious! Loved by vegans and non-vegans alike. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. You comment made me crazy happy Sara- thank you for sharing your feedback and I am so happy everyone enjoyed the brownies!

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  18. as a vegan brownie lover myself, i'd have to say these are the best looking brownies i've ever seen! WOW. i can't wait to try this recipe out. (AND THE GLAZE? yes please!)

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    1. Thanks Jess! Oh man I am a total brownie girl too!!

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