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Dark Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie

I just did something I have NEVER done before.  I made a pumpkin pie without following a strict recipe.  Well, with my MIL’s help, that is.

dark chocolate swirl pumpkin pieI am not a baker.  By any means.  And when I do bake, I follow recipes.  TO THE TEE.

If it says 1/4 teaspoon of something, it will get 1/4 teaspoon.  No more.  No less.

I have NEVER just “winged” it with baking.

Until today.

Barb and I were chatting, and decided that we wanted to make a pumpkin pie. So, we started with a can of pumpkin, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and two eggs.

She heard somewhere that adding pure maple syrup to a pumpkin pie makes it taste divine, so she told me to grab the syrup from the pantry, so I did.

She also saw chocolate added to a pumpkin pie on one of the shows that she watches, so she grabbed the dark chocolate chips.

Then she started rummaging the cupboard.  she realized she was out of pumpkin pie spice, so she pulled out the cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

I asked her what else I could do to help, so she said, “beat the eggs, add the pumpkin, then just toss in some of the spices.”

Huh?  Just toss in some of the spices?

” How much? ” I ask.

“Oh, I always add more ground cinnamon than the others, but I don’t measure.”


dark chocolate swirl pumpkin pie

“I don’t bake without measuring everything precisely” I tell her.

She just smiled, and said, “Granny (what the kids call her) can teach you to cook.”

So, I beat the eggs, added the pumpkin and sweetened condensed milk, squirted in some pure maple syrup, and “just tossed in some spices.”

She handed me a cup (I think) of brown sugar, and I added that.  While I was whisking, she melted the dark chocolate chips.  I poured my mixture into the pie crust, and she dolloped melted chocolate into it.  I used the whisk and swirled it a bit.


Dark Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie is delicious.  Trouble is, since I didn’t measure everything, I don’t think I can repeat it!  I guess Granny needs to offer me some more lessons!

Do you measure everything precisely when baking, or do you just “toss in some spices?”

This is my entry for the Zanussi Cookers make every meal a masterpiece competition)

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Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. I measure important ingredients that could affect how it bakes, but I don’t always measure things that may affect flavor, like cinnamon. Sometimes I feel like a touch more of things like that. 😉 The pie looks delicious!

  2. that sounds really good! yum!

  3. pumpkin pie doesnt’ sound good to me but Man that looks delicious

  4. I usually measure everything, I dont really care for pumpkin but this looks really good!

  5. Sound great, I love chocolate and pumpkin together.

  6. Yummy! What a great spin on pumpkin pie!

  7. Ooh I love chocolate and pumpkin!

  8. I’ve never had anything except plain pumpkin pie. My mother is a pumpkin fanatic and I would love to make this as a birthday treat for her next March!

  9. I am a measurer too! That looks so yummy. I am a big chocolate and pumpkin fan so I am drooling a bit looking at it. Yum!

  10. You had me at pumpkin!

    I measure everything for sure.

  11. I follow the recipes too. Your chocoalte pumpkin pie looks great!

  12. That looks so good!

  13. This looks delicious!

  14. I never can just wing it. But boy that sounds yummy!

  15. Dark Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie?! Swoon! Oh, these are two of my favorite things–love this idea! When it comes to baking, I’m very precise because I’m not very confident. But I usually throw things together when cooking. 🙂

  16. What a yummy combination!

  17. MMMM Yummmy!!

  18. Oh yum…two of my favourite things, pumpkin and chocolate!

  19. I always measure if it’s the first time I try a recipe. Then I’ll add to taste the ingredients for flavor, from then on. This pumpkin pie looks so delicious!

  20. That looks and sounds really good.

    Thanks for sharing.. and I have added it to my recipe list 🙂

  21. Cynthia DeLeon says:

    I dont bake(dont know how) but If I did,I think Id follow to a tee. That looks delicious by the way 🙂