I will admit to you, right now, that I am no grand chef. When I cook, bake, or blend...I am forever attempting affordable and quick matched with good taste. While the culinary goddess in me lay dormant (probably forever), I can still bake a mean pumpkin bar. And when in doubt, smother it in cream cheese frosting (solves most problems). The following recipes are modified versions of Gluten Away and Food Network. I've included a Gluten-Free and Gluten-FULL version in the ingredients below. My husband thinks it's hilarious to order things "gluten-full" when we eat out, and I'm mostly sure servers enjoy it too?
In summary, these are... like really super good. Your stomach will be pleased.
4 eggs | 15oz can pumpkin | 1 cup sugar | 1 cup cinnamon applesauce | 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour mix (find here) or 2 cups Regular flour | 2 tsp baking powder | 1 tsp baking soda | 1 tsp salt | 2 tsp cinnamon | 1/2 tsp nutmeg | 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice | *optional-a pinch of cayenne pepper
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl or mixer whisk together the pumpkin, eggs, sugar, and applesauce, until there are no clumps and it is somewhat fluffy. In another bowl mix together all the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry mix to the rest of the ingredients while stirring. Lastly, stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and cayenne if you chose to spice the recipe up. In a greased 9 x 13 baking dish, pour in the pumpkin mix and cook for 25-35 minutes.
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1/4-1/2 cup softened butter | 2 cups powdered sugar | 80z cream cheese | 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a bowl or mixer, whisk together the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. After the pumpkin bars have completely cooled, apply a generous amount of frosting on the bars and then cut into squares. Enjoy.
As always, my corgi puppy named Walter is my kitchen companion (and everywhere companion...he is my little shadow during my work days). He REALLY wanted some pumpkin cake, as you can see. I'm happy to report that he did get to have one little bite...which he was nearly satisfied with.