Sunday, September 22, 2013

Maybe Autumn will happen


At 6 am this morning there was a lovely breeze coming in from the French doors.  For the first time in I don't know how long I opened both and let the fresh air come in.  I had no choice but to bake.

First up?  A new pumpkin bar I saw on Pinterest.  Highly recommend.  Texture is halfway between a bar and a dense cake.

4 eggs
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
15-ounce can pumpkin
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin on medium speed until light and fluffy.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.
Hand mix the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just combined. Do not overmix. Spread the batter into the prepared 13 by 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.

Source: Sweet Pea's Kitchen adapted from Paula Deen


Just before the pumpkin bars was some banana bread from King Arthur Flour.  They gave a hint about putting the ripe bananas in a ziploc back and kneading them.  I decided this might be the trick to a good banana bread.  I was supposed to get 1 1/2 cups of mashed banana from three medium or two large bananas.  It was much less.  Measuring is everything when it comes to baking, so from now on I shall stick with recipes asking for bananas in cups rather than numbers of bananas.  This bread had a nice crust to it.


Cookies came next with some heath bar toffee bits and miniature Hershey kisses.

The baking matched the weather.

Happy official Autumn.
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