Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pumpkin Bars: Thanksgiving Feast 2011

It's time for dessert! I hope you have enjoyed the last 7 days of our Thanksgiving Feast. This Thanksgiving Feast was quick an easy, one new recipe for each food group to help give you some new ideas to add to your own Thanksgiving meal. I know most people aren't brave enough to create all new recipes for one meal, but trying one or two new recipes this year would be a great change and maybe you'll find a new favorite. This cake is another one of my husband's family favorites.

Thanksgiving Feast
Turkey with Apples & Butter
Olive Garden Bread Sticks; Copycat Recipe
Pepper Jack Macaroni & Cheese
Crash Hot Potatoes from Pioneer Woman
Grandma's Baked Corn Casserole
Cranberry & Sausage Stuffing
Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce from Pioneer Woman
Grandma's Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Bars
from Grandma Hudgens

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups of pumpkin (we used our fresh puree' pumpkin)
1 cup vegetable oil

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl (except the sugar). Cream the eggs and sugar together, then add the pumpkin and oil, continue mixing until well combined. Mix the wet and the dry together and then pour into a greased jelly roll. (You must use a jelly roll. This is a deep cookie sheet very large and very thin. approx size 15-1/2 x 10-1/2. The first time I made these I used a 9x13 pan and they did NOT come out right)

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, use tooth pick to test.

Pumpkin Bar Icing
from Grandma Hudgens

3 oz cream cheese
3/4 stick of butter
1 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1-3/4 cups of powered sugar

Beat all ingredients together and spread on cooled pumpkin bars.

This was another recipe during my one-year of cooking everyday where I tried several other pumpkin bar recipes and this one proved to still be the number one choice for everyone.

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