In honor of fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving I thought I'd share my pumpkin pie squares recipe. I actually don't like pumpkin pie, it's a texture thing for me, plus I'm not a big fan of pie crust, so I make this instead. If you don't like pecans try walnuts or even sliced almonds. If you try it let me know what you think. A Votre Sante!
Pumpkin Pie Squares
1 cup unbleached or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 15 oz can organic pumpkin
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
2 large eggs
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans chopped
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
Whipped cream or ice cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine flour, oats, 1/2 c brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix on low for 1-2 minutes or until crumbly. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
While the crust is baking combine sugar, pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs and spice in a large bowl, beat at medium speed for about 2 minutes. Pour over crust. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
Combine pecans and the remaining brown sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle over filling, continue to bake for 15-25 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Top with whipped cream or ice cream.