My fantastic friend, Casey, celebrated her birthday recently, & as a girl with a Fall birthday who loves a good brew, she came up with the brilliant notion of hosting a blind pumpkin beer tasting. Each guest brought a beer to share. The labels were ripped off & the bottles numbered. Our lovely host created a proper list of our beer selection & laid out the challenge: whoever guesses the most beers correctly wins the prize! Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, the numbers got jumbled & the samples got bigger, but we did declare a winner: the lovely Jen who named all 9 pumpkin beers correctly. Jewel Staite (actress from such sci-fi hits as Firefly & Stargate: Atlantis) wrote a hysterical post on hosting a blind wine tasting via her blog Happy Opu, & I’m beginning to think these two ladies are onto something with their party planning methods. Both had entertaining results!
Here is the part where I shock & offend most people: I don’t like beer. Trust me, I’m surrounded by friends who pride themselves on their beer knowledge & they’ve been trying to find a beer to woo me for years. It still has yet to happen. Regardless, one of the guests brought a mulled wine complete with pumpkin spice so I was set. & I opted to bring pumpkin brownies for my tasting addition:
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
Buy your favorite brownie mix. (I chose Ghiradelli’s Double Fudge Brownies.)
Follow directions on box. Pour 3/4 of brownie mixture into pan.
Before popping that pan into the oven, prepare the pumpkin. You can select pumpkin puree or opt for the pumpkin pie filling like I did.
Add to the pumpkin: 1 large egg, 3 oz. cream cheese, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon & 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Mix ingredients well.
Pour the pumpkin blend over the brownie in the pan & top off with the remaining brownie mixture.
Take a butter knife & run through the ingredients in the pan in a swirling motion. Pop in the oven & follow the brownie box instructions for cooking time. Viola!
Be sure to visit again tomorrow for my newest addition of “Muse Moments!”