Monday, December 8, 2008

I'm a pumpkin junkie!

I absolutely love pumpkin pie! I love the fresh kind with the chunks of pumpkin in it the best. I usually buy a lot of pumpkins after Halloween and cut them up and freeze and can them so I can make pumpkin pie all year round. (this could explain my weight gain.... nah!)
Yesterday, during my normal 'Sunday night baking routine' I decided to try a new pumpkin recipe. It was such a total hit, I thought I would share it with all my cyber friends. This recipe is from a 1989 hometown best cookbook, originally from the Parker Ward Relief Society in St. Anthony, Idaho.
Give it a try and let me know if you like it!

Pumpkin Pie Squares:
1 cup all purpose flour ( I used whole wheat....that is all I ever use)
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats, uncooked ( I used whole raw oats...)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 cups cooked, mashed pumpkin (from the can!)
2/3 cup sugar
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 tsp ground cinnamon (don't try the whole sticks...too crunchy LOL)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2/ tblsp butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans
whipped cream (or vanilla ice cream!)

Combine flour, oats, and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup butter with a pastry blender (or large fork) until mixture resembles a coarse meal (or your hand totally gives out...this does count for your daily workout!) Press mixture evenly into an ungreased 9 x 13 x 2 in baking pan (pampered chef stone baby!) bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Combine pumpkin and next 7 ingredients, stirring well. Pour over baked crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Place 1/2 cut brown sugar in a small bowl, cut in 2 tablespoons butter with your handy fork (or the sissys can use that pastry cutting thing...) until mixture resembles that coarse meal again. Stir in pecans (there is a reason you don't try to cut in the directions!) Sprinkle over pumpkin mixture. Bake an additional 20 minutes or until set. (mine was done in 10 so, check it!) Cool ...(ha! everything pumpkin is better steaming hot!) and cut into squares. Serve with a dollop (coolest word of the day) of whipped cream. Yields 1 dozen....or enough for my family each to have a small piece and the rest was devoured by mae and me for lunch today!
Enjoy!! Note: this is NOT a diet snack! LOL


Cheryl said...

Sounds like a very yummy dessert. TFS

Michelle Tweedy said...

I love your asides in the recipe. I sure to miss you!! This sounds very yummy.