Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cajun Halloween Treats !

Parties, parties, everywhere in Cajun country this weekend, and two festivals to boot!  And a nice cool front that put me in the mood to bake! Here are a few of my favorite Fall treats that I made to take to a Halloween party that some friends were having, last night. The first one has that yummy blend of pumpkin and chocolate that I just can't seem to get enough of, lately. And the praline glaze is just heavenly and gives it that little extra touch of decadence. Cest bon, cher! Bon appetit!

Chocolate Chip-Pumpkin Bread w/ Praline Glaze 
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp.salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cups canola oil
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Combine the flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and  baking soda in large bowl. In separate bowl, beats eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Stir into dry mixture, until just blended. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 8x4 inch loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes and remove to a plate. Note: I covered with foil for the last 20 minutes.

Meanwhile make the Praline Glaze .

Praline Glaze
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In heavy saucepan, heat butter, brown sugar, and pecans, on medium heat, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and pour over top of warm Pumpkin Bread. Slice and serve with your favorite latte or cuppa.

And what would any holiday be without a few batches of these totally decadent brownies?!
Warning: These are addicitve!

Amaretto Brownies

2/3 cup butter
3 1 oz. squares unsweetened chocolate
3 eggs
1 2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup Amaretto liqueur
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine butter and chocolate in a microwavable safe bowl. Microwave on low until melted, stirring frequently. In large bowl, combine eggs and sugar and mix well. Stir in the chocolate mixture. Stir in the Amaretto . Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well and add to the chocolate/Amaretto mixture. Blend well and pour into a greased 9x11 inch baking pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool and cut into squares. 

Sinfully delicious and worth every calorie, cher! 

Wishing you all a very Happy Halloween! Merci for coming by!


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Linda Starr said...

Love the pumpkin and the costume is cute.

Deb said...

I'm going to have to make the chocolate chip pumpkin bread. I think you could put the praline icing on cardboard and I would eat it. Thanks for posting!

Joanne said...

Happy Halloween to you, Marguerite :)

nanny said...

I'll bet those treats didn't last long.....look devine!!!!!!!

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

I'm just picturing the costumes on Bourbon street tonight

Nancy said...

I love the praline glaze - on anything.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Marguerite, you certainly have learned the TRICK as to how to TREAT us - sinfully delicious indeed (I've adopted that phrase LOL).
And as for the winners, I wonder who Bonnie is! . . . in Bonnie and Clyde! . . . perhaps! LOL . . . or is the chap Al Capone? Have a great rest of the weekend ~ Eddie

Mehmet Osman Çağlar said...

Bonjour Marguerite! Delicious blend of pumkin and chocolate say me to take small pieces again. Merci for sharing them...Wishing you a happy Halloween and Sunday full of more fun, mon cher ami! Love and hugs, Zhivago

Momo said...

happy halloween!delicious treats!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Ummmmmmm! looks so always!

And LOVE the costumes....:-D

Pooch Purple Reign said...

hahah awesome. great costumes, the cake looks sinful...

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Happy Halloween! And oh wow, this looks scrumptious!

kitchen flavours said...

Happy Halloween! I'm sure you'll be dancing and celebrating your Halloween away. Have fun!

Marguerite said...

Fuat- Thanks, I don't know how healthy these are, but they sure are delicious! lol Merci for stopping by!

Linda- Thanks, glad you like it. The pumpkin bread is divine and I that hope you try it! Have a great week!

Deb- Thanks, this recipe is the best! And I could eat the glaze by the spoonful! lol You're welcome!

Joanne- Merci, cher! Hope yours was happy, too! Thanks for coming by, cher!

nanny- You're right about that! They are both sinfully good and I hope that you try them!

Dave- lol- Oh you can about imagine how insane Bourbon St. is on Halloween! Merci for stopping by cher!

Anonymous said...

OOh thanks for the recipe. Yummy :O)

david mcmahon said...

I would have travelled ALL the way there for that culinary treat! (And that's a mighty long flight from Australia!)

Anonymous said...

Great costumes!!!!!!

Also, love the praline glaze on the pumpkin bread.... yum.

Anonymous said...

I think you're trying to torture me by posting these delicious treats. I just stopped shoveling Halloween candy into my gut and now I want to make Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread with Praline Glaze!!!

Marguerite said...

Nancy- Thanks, this praline glaze is so good that I can't stop eating it! I only make it for parties or company! That way, I can't OD on it! lol

Eddie- Merci, cher, so glad you like the treats ! Both are SO sinfully delicious! lol As for Bonnie, well the jury is still out, on who she is! lol

Zhivago- Merci beaucoup for your sweet comment, cher! You're welcome, I saw the cake you posted and it looks divine! Hope you're having a great week, mon ami!

alison- Thanks, glad you like them and hope you give them a try! The brownies are heavenly! Thanks for stopping by!

Kathryn- Thanks, cher! You should get GMR to make these treats! lol They are both sinful and I know that you would love them!

Pooch- Thanks, glad you like them and hope you try the Pumpkin Bread. It's the best recipe that I've ever tried! Cheers, cher!

Drick said...

this is the second choc pumpkin cake recently and before, have not heard of the combo - yours is by far tops with the praline topping and yep, those brownies could very well be addictive...

Rosaria Williams said...

Is that you in that 20s costume? Now, save me some amaretto brownies and I'll be on the plane asap.

Magic of Spice said...

Decadence is almost an understatement...well if I could think of a better word...
The add of praline glaze is way over the top delicious :)

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Geez - chocolate chip pumpkin bread with praline glaze? I feel the added weight just thinking about that. Sounds incredible.

Pat Tillett said...

Love the costumes!
AND the brownies! I may have to make some, let a little vanilla ice cream melt into them....oh yeah!

Sue said...

The topping on the pumpkin bread is so rich and decadent! Love it! The brownies look great too!