No Pumpkin Pie?? Try Pumpkin Bars!

17 Nov

Where did the squash go to get drunk?? …. The Pumpkin Bar!  Ok, that was cheesy. But with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m consumed with all things related to our national holiday of over eating.

Moving along to the star of this post — The Pumpkin Bar.

Dessert Anyone??

If you’re one of those people who refuses to make Pumpkin Pie because you can’t make a good crust, try this instead. The crust is extremely easy and fool-proof. I promise it will be strong enough to support the creamy pumpkin filling. I won’t judge you if you lick the bowl after making the filling. I did. I wasn’t embarrassed because I wasn’t the only one in class who did so.

I brought 24 of these bars into work. By 5pm, they were gone.

I also brought in homemade brownies that day. Who doesn’t want a homemade brownie? Guess what, no one touched the brownies. Everyone wanted the Pumpkin Bar.

So, if you get what I’m writing, these bars are awesome. They are a perfectly festive treat and they should be on your dessert table this holiday season.

I’m particpating in a holiday recipe exchange being held through one of my favorite blogs. “My Baking Addiction” is a site I came across soon after I started taking my Baking & Pastry class at Kendall College. Her site has so many creative desserts and she does a great job explaining her recipes. I suggest you take a look at her site, too! 

Or here is a better idea, you can submit your favorite recipe to her Holiday Recipe Exchange too! Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by Chicago Metallic .

Pumpkin Bars

Hazelnut Streusel Crust

Pastry Flour         185 g

Brown Sugar        115 g

Hazelnut Flour      90 g

Butter                  140 g

Mix all ingredients until clumpy. Press half of the streusel into a lined pan. Add egg wash to crust. It will give your crust a nice shine and make it crisp. Bake at 350 F for 12 min. Let cool.

Pumpkin Filling

 Sugar               273 g

Maple Syrup     25 g

Pumpkin Puree     200 g

Eggs                    200 g

Cream Cheese      365 g

Vanilla                  5 g

Allspice                1/2  tsp

Cinnamon             1 1/2 tsp

Have all ingredients at room temp. Cream the cheese, vanilla, and spices together in a mixer.

Add sugar, then syrup, then pumpkin, and lastly the egg. Scrape down the bowl in between mixing to incorporate all the ingredients.

Pour filling over the streusel base and top with remaining streusel.

Bake at 300 F for 30 minutes.

Cool overnight and portion the next day.


2 Responses to “No Pumpkin Pie?? Try Pumpkin Bars!”

  1. Rachel @ October 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    These look awesome! Is an update possible with measurement conversions for those of us who are terrible at metrics?

    • Miss Tasty October 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      That’s a great idea!! I’ll have to do that!

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