“Did a bad, bad thing…”
Every single time I think about these pumpkin bars, the chorus from that Chris Isaak song runs through my head. I’m not kidding.
Don’t make these.
You won’t be able to stop yourself. One minute you’re pulling them out of the oven, and the next thing you know, you’re left covered in orange crumbs, your fingers sticky with cream cheese icing, wondering what the hell just happened.
Try to eat just one.
Paula Deen gets credit for this recipe, which makes perfect sense when you consider her other devious creations. I decided to lighten these pumpkin bars up with some yogurt in place of half the oil. The substitution worked perfectly, and I’m certain you’ll love their moist quick-bread texture. I tweaked Paula’s recipe, using fresh pumpkin, fresh ginger, and some raw sugar, but feel free to check out the original recipe, too.
Be strong! (Next up will be a healthy, savory vegetarian main dish to atone for these sins.)
You hedonists can double this recipe and bake it in a 13×9-in. pan.
-2 eggs, room temperature
-1/2 c. granulated sugar
-1/3 c. raw sugar
-1/4 c. vegetable oil
-1/4 c. plain yogurt
-8-oz. homemade pumpkin puree or canned Libby’s pumpkin puree (NOT
pumpkin pie filling)
-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
-1 c. all-purpose flour
-1 tsp. baking powder
-1 tsp. ground cinnamon
-1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated (or 1/4 tsp. dried ginger)
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1/2 tsp. baking soda
Making pumpkin purée is almost as easy as opening a can…
1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, pumpkin,
oil, yogurt, grated ginger, and sugars.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and remaining spices.
3. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet until combined.
4. Bake on the middle rack in a large greased gratin dish or 8×8-in. pan for approx. 35 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean.
5. Drizzle or spread with cream cheese-sour cream icing when cool. (I winged it, but try this recipe with an additional 1 Tbsp. sour cream, 1 tsp. milk, and 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice).
6. Attempt to control yourself.