We Should Cocoa – the Pumpkin round up

As soon as I set the challenge for this month’sWe Should Cocoa, I immediately went into panic mode – would anyone enter? Would this be the lowest WSC turn out ever?

Luckily I needn’t have worried – loads of you took part for which I am eternally grateful! There have been some absolutely delicious chocolate and pumpkin creations sent through, so without further ado…

First up was Dom from Belleau Kitchen, who had handily already made this fantastic sounding pumpkin, walnut and white chocolate loaf cake. Not only does it sound like a great combination of flavours, but it’s finished with a cream and cream cheese icing which I can’t wait to try.

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The next entry was another loaf cake, from Suelle of Mainly Baking. I’m definitely with Sue on the love of Autumn baking, and I think the pumpkin and maple would pair up brilliantly in this pumpkin, chocolate and maple loaf.

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Loaf cakes were a popular choice for this challenge, and I had a go at one myself for my first entry – this chocolate and pumpkin marble loaf. I slightly underbaked it but it was enjoyed nonetheless!

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As I was hosting, I decided to take the liberty of entering twice this month – my second effort being some pumpkin spiced chocolate chip flapjacks. They turned out well and were even a little bit healthy!

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Next up, Ros from the More Than Occasional Baker, who already had a tin of pumpkin puree on hand after stocking up on Halloween baking goodies in America. Ros put it to great use in these chocolate chip pumpkin bars, which also have the great mix of spices that compliment pumpkin so well.

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This month’s first savoury entry came from Hannah of Corner Cottage Bakery, who came up with a very inventive way of combining pumpkin and chocolate – a pumpkin seed bread sandwich, with butternut squash and cocoa maple glazed bacon. Even though I’m a veggie I do have to admit it looks kind of good…

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These triple chocolate pumpkin cookies from Cake of the Week were eaten so quickly that Janine had to rustle up another batch to enjoy some herself – always a sign of a good cookie! Even the carved pumpkin got in on the act…

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While pumpkin was a very seasonal choice for those of us here in the Northern Hemisphere, for Mel of Sharky Oven Gloves in New Zealand they’re not quite so easy to come by in the spring! Luckily she got inventive and came up with these Aztec roasted pumpkin seeds – I’ll never throw seeds away again!

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For Zimt und Chili this chocolate cheese pumpkin tart was their first ever We Should Cocoa entry, and a first attempt at making cheesecake, but was a resounding success – well done!

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Another We Should Cocoa first-timer, Louisa at Chez Foti came up with a chocolate pumpkin cake that looks so dense and moist it’s almost brownie-like, and it’s even a little bit healthy.

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Pumpkin was also chosen as the ingredient for this month’s One Ingredient challenge, and Laura at How To Cook Good Food combined the two challenges to come up with this dark and delicious looking spiced pumpkin, rum and choc chip loaf, which looks like just my sort of cake.

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How cute are these pumpkin-shaped pumpkin pie fudge bites from Alicia at Foodycat?! I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to fudge, so I liked Alicia’s handy tip about melting white chocolate into the fudge to make it creamier – will have to give that a try!

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I was really hoping someone would make the American classic, pumpkin pie, so I was delighted to see Alice’s twist on it at Italian Inspirationcaramel pumpkin pie with chocolate. It does indeed look incredible.

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The way food can bring back memories is amazing, and I loved reading Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe recounting how she used to carry a pack of McVities chocolate digestives in her backpack while travelling around England – it is the quintessentially English biscuit! These homemade pumpkin chocolate digestives look delicious and I can’t believe how simple the recipe is – another one to try in the future…

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As much as I like sweet treats, I think savoury use of chocolate is brilliant, and this roasted pumpkin with mole sauce is no exception! Jill at Lapin d’Or and More adapted a recipe for Mole sauce usually used with meat, and added home grown chillies which I am more than a bit jealous of!

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Inspired by watching Chocolat and reading Like Water for Chocolate, Debby at Storm in a Teacup also created a vegetarian dish using a mole sauce, with this hearty looking pumpkin and chocolate chilli – a lovely warming winter meal.

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Also going down the savoury route was Karen of Lavender and Lovage, who made a brilliantly titled Bonfire Chilli with beef, pumpkin and chocolate. Have a read of Karen’s post for her celebration of all things Autumn – it’s almost enough to make me stop missing the summer sun!

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Loaf cakes were definitely a popular choice this month, and this is another great one from Eira at Cookbooks Galore. Eira’s pumpkin and oatmeal loaf cake has a chocolate and sour cream icing, which I reckon would be perfect as a mid-morning cake with a cup of coffee.

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Susan at The Spice Garden came up with another great way of using chocolate and pumpkin, in these rather tempting pumpkin eclairs. The eclairs are filled with a pumpkin spices pastry cream and topped with a chocolate hazelnut ganache, and for a first ever attempt at eclairs look pretty impressive to me!

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After fretting that no one would like my choice of ingredient, I was really over the moon that not only did it get lots of entries but also attracted several WSC virgins – Helen from The Crazy Kitchen being the third. Despite being rather disappointed by the pumpkin she bought specifically for the challenge, Helen managed to come with an amazing ‘Devilishly Chocolatey Chocolate Orange Pumpkin & Potato Cake‘ using leftover butternut squash and potato mash topped with a chocolate spread icing.

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Katharine from Leeks & Limoni started her post by apologising for blogging about two chocolate cakes in quick succession – certainly not something that needs an apology in my book! This chocolate and pumpkin cake is described as having a fudgy, moist texture, rich, chocolatey flavour and a hint of spicyness – who wouldn’t want a slice of that?

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This pumpkin chocolate mud cake, from Claire at Under the Blue Gum Tree, is a Dan Lepard recipe which I’ve had bookmarked for ages but never got around to making. Claire’s description and photos make me think I really should, and I wholeheartedly agree that a splash of rum can never be a bad thing…

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Dan Lepard’s pumpkin chocolate mud cake was the first recipe that came to mind for Caroline of Cake, Crumbs and Cooking as well, but realising she had already made and blogged about it Caroline instead went with these ginger pumpkin chocolate cupcakes  – an adaptation of another DL recipe, very different but equally delicious looking.

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Lucy from The Kitchen Maid did well to find a pumpkin in the Southern Hemisphere at this time of year, and put it to good use in this chocolate pumpkin mousse. A pumpkin cheesecake with a lid of chocolate ganache – sounds rich and compelling to me!

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I was a little surprised not to see more brownies and blondies this month, as I thought they would be something pumpkin would lend itself well to, but they have made it in thanks to Jen from Blue Kitchen Bakes, who came up with these nutty pumpkin blondies. Combining nuts with the pumpkin and chocolate has been quite popular, and these are another great example.

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Fleur from Homemade By Fleur found that pumpkin puree can be baked into pretty much anything, and like me had a go at adding it to flapjacks, to great effect. These pumpkin, cranberry and chocolate flapjacks look great, and went down very well as a healthy snack in her girls’ lunchboxes.

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I have to say, I was a little concerned when come October 24th I still hadn’t seen an entry from We Should Cocoa founder Choclette, of Chocolate Log Blog, and wondered if she might have accidentally drowned in salted caramel, but at the last minute she sent over these pumpkin, goats cheese and chocolate muffins – definitely an unusual combination of ingredients but it sounds like they worked well!

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EDIT!

This chocolate pumpkin cheesecake came in as a last minute entry from Caroline Makes – although it’s a few days after the deadline I LOVE cheesecake so I couldn’t really say no! And especially not when the cheesecake involves a chocolate swirl and Hersey’s Kisses…

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So there you have it, a fantastic line up of chocolate and pumpkin delights – thank you so much to everyone who entered and to Choclette for inviting me to host – I’ve really enjoyed it!

22 thoughts on “We Should Cocoa – the Pumpkin round up

    • I have a new found appreciation for people who host blog challenges every month or every other month – it took ages to write it up! Not complaining though, just glad so many people took part. Thanks for your entry!

  1. Really great selection of entries and a very fine round up. I’m feeling suitably forlorn that I couldn’t find time to enter.

  2. Pumpkin was a great choice of theme. I love the variation in entries – so many good ideas to try out, especially the savoury ones, which all intrigue me!

  3. There you go Nat, you needn’t have worried; pumpkin was an inspired choice. Thank you so much for hosting and also for the great round-up. As is usual with We Should Cocoa, I want to have a go at making pretty much everything – maybe not the bacon and beef!

  4. Glad you all like the round up, there definitely was good variety with the entries so hopefully everyone will see something they fancy having a go at! I think first up for me might be one of the chillis (minus any sort of meat!)…

  5. I have really ejoyed this month and all that the pumpkin has to offer. I am down to my last 3 squash but have to decide which of these recipes to try and use them in. Tough call!
    A very enjoyable round up. Hope you enjoyed hosting it. Loved your entries :))

    • Definitely tough to choose but I hope whichever you go for turn out well! I did enjoy hosting, and I’ve discovered a few blogs that I hadn’t come across before which is always lovely!

  6. Wow! What a display of deliciousness … curious about sooo many of these recipes! Thanks for putting on such a great round-up and picking such a great chocolate pairing!

  7. Excellent round up! I spent hours and hours writing the AlphaBakes round up last night so I know how you feel. Pumpkin was an inspired choice and I love the variety and creativity of recipes here….I want to try all of them!

  8. Wonderful round up – loved reading it – must wait til I have time to browse at leisure but so much good food – love the chocolate and pumpkin combination and can’t wait to try some of these recipes

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