Happy Halloween! Muahahhhhahaha!!! May I tempt you with a couple of treats? I’ve never really dressed up for Halloween except once when I just moved to the States and I decided to dress up as a nurse. I borrowed my mom’s scrubs and stethoscope. This year I was going to be Jim Halpert from The Office with a “Bookface” costume but I just felt silly. However I did not feel too silly dressing up my dog Oliver as “Super Dog” and parading him all over town. Look! Down on the ground! It’s a bunny, it’s a potato. It’s Suuuperdog!!!
OK, back to the treats. These pumpkin bars are so delicious. I’m a big fan of roasting (for best flavor). I went easy on the spices so that you could actually taste the pumpkin flavor.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- 1 small pumpkin about 2-3 lbs. (Peck’s)
- 2 T. butter
Cut the pumpkin in half and take out the seeds. Place a table spoon of butter in each half and wrap in foil. Bake for about one hour or until soft. I like to do this part a day ahead of time.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 and 1/2 sticks sweet cream butter (Schullsburg)
- 2 T. powdered sugar
- 1/2 t. salt if butter is unsalted
Make sure the butter is at room temperature and soft. Use a fork to mix the the dry ingredients into the butter. The dough should look a bit dry and look like small rice grains. Press onto a cookie pan. Bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes or until the crust is a little golden brown.
- 2 heaping cups cooked pumpkin
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. nutmeg
- 1/2 can condensed milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 T. flour
Mash some pumpkin with a fork. Depending on the moisture content of the you might have to dry it out a bit by simmering and stirring constantly for about 10 minutes on the stove. Let it sit for awhile to cool then mix in the rest of the ingredients. I added 2 T. flour to ensure that the bars would not be too wet. Spread the filling onto the crust and bake for about 20 minutes until the bars feel firm and a little dry to the touch.
- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/4 t. nutmeg
Sprinkle as much or as little as you want on the cooled bars. I hurried mine a bit and the warm bars melted the powdered sugar.
The bars turned out really well. I’m even thinking about making them for Thanksgiving instead of pie.
“Poison Pills” aka Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 t. cayenne pepper
- 1/2 t. canola oil
- 1/4 t. granulated sugar
Clean the seeds and add the rest of the ingredients. Bake at 400 degrees until you can smell ’em! About 10-12 minutes. Eat while it’s warm.
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