Thursday, September 21, 2006
Recipe Round Up: 9/21/06
Well, it’s wet and grey here, although it is almost fall and I did move to the Northwest, so I’m not sure exactly what I expected!

Since I’m not working full time—hell, I wouldn’t even consider what I’m doing right now part time—I get to spend much of my days in warm, comfy clothes, curled up on the couch. I even nap. I figure I should enjoy this time while I can, as it won’t be too much longer until a nap is worth more to me than platinum jewelry!

The only “bad” thing about fall and cold weather is it makes me want to bake. Who am I kidding; everything makes me want to bake! However, there’s something about fall flavors—apples, pumpkin, cinnamon that calls out for warm baked goodness. So, I share with you a recipe I am world-famous for. Except, of course, I’m not and it’s not even my recipe! I do get requests for these a lot though, and they are a great thing to bring to bake sale or office party. And they meet my number 1 requirement of being easy!

Pumpkin Cranberry Bars with Brown Butter Frosting
I first found this recipe on the Cooking Light Message Board, but I’m not sure of the original author. The frosting is outstanding, but not necessary. Feel free to serve plain or with powdered sugar

1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 1/4 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. ground ginger
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz.) solid packed pumpkin
3/4 c. butter, melted (don't substitute)
3/4 c. dried cranberries

In a bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. In another bowl, whisk eggs, pumpkin and butter. Stir into the dry ingredients til combined. Stir in cranberries. Spread onto a greased 13x9 pan. Bake 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Spread with brown-butter frosting.

Brown-Butter Frosting:

1/2 c. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
4-6 T. milk
1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat til golden brown (about 5-7 minutes). Remove from the heat and cool for 5 minutes. Stir in powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and enough milk to make a spreading consistency. Spread over the bars before cutting.


Blogger MP said...

That frosting made my mouth water..

Blogger QofD said...

Ok, can I just tell you how much I am loving the recipes? I have never been much of a cook, or a baker, or a candlestick maker for that matter but I did try an earlier recipe you had posted and now this! Baked goodness! WOO HOO!

Blogger Zow Zow said...

I'm so excited that you're trying them! Like I said, I only make easy things that taste delicious!

Hopefully, I'll keep wowing you all...

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