Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Feeling the Season - Pumpkin Bars

I love this time of year mainly because I love pumpkin! I get excited over the Jamba Juice Pumpkin smoothie and the pumpkin frozen yogurt.   I got the urge to bake tonight and thought about doing my lemon bars but I wanted to make some thing with pumpkin.  So I thought what about pumpkin bars but more like a lemon bar.  I used my lemon bar base and a pumpkin pie like top.  It is awesome and I decided to share.  

Pumpkin Bars

Preheat Oven 350
Grease 9 x 13 pan

1 cup butter
3/4 cup flour

2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar (plus more for dusting)

To make crust:
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and confectioner’s sugar
Cut in butter until combined and crumbly.
Press mixture into bottom of pan.
Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly golden.

Pumpkin Filling:
2 large eggs
1 - 15 ounce can  pure pumpkin (2 cups)
3/4 cup cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Mix
1 cups (360 ml) heavy cream
1/2 cup half & half

Pumpkin Filling:
Whisk the eggs. Add the pumpkin, sugar, vanilla extract, spices, and salt and whisk to combine. Gradually stir in the cream. Pour the filling over the pre-baked crust and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until the filling is set in the center. Remove from oven and let it cool.  When cool dust with powdered sugar.  Enjoy!

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