Bake these easy pecan pumpkin bars to remind yourself of the goodness and spice of fall. You can whip up a mouthwatering fall recipe for your kids and the entire family—the best pecan pumpkin bars with an incredible mixture of milk and spices.
What is? (History/Background)
One thing that reminds you of fall is the abundance of fall ingredients and the smell of cinnamon added to baked goodies. Pumpkin, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves will always remind of fall and its good memories. The pumpkin bars don’t have a clear history, whether where they came from or how they became a pumpkin bar. But one thing is for sure; it is definitely delicious and worth the time you spend in the kitchen.
Tips and Procedure
- Always preheat your oven to reach the optimal temperature; this will ensure that the bars are cooked through in the specified cooking time.
- Blind baking the crust is a method of making it firm to hold the uncooked filling. Blind baking is used in savory and dessert applications such as pies and bars. It also creates a barrier so that the filling will not leak through.
- You can either use a 10x10 baking pan or a 10x8 baking dish.
How To Make
Prepare the following ingredients beforehand:
- salt & ground white pepper
- all-purpose flour
- graham cracker crumbs
- old-fashioned rolled oats
- brown sugar
- softened unsalted butter
- pumpkin puree
- evaporated milk
- granulated white sugar
- beaten eggs
- ground cinnamon
- ginger powder
- ground cloves
- baking powder
- maple syrup
- chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Prepare an 8x8 baking pan and line it with parchment paper; set aside.
Combine maple syrup and chopped pecans in a bowl; set aside.
Combine flour, graham cracker crumbs, oats, brown sugar, and butter in a mixing bowl. Mix well until it becomes a rough dough.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press down to have an even layer. Bake the crust for 15 minutes and let it cool completely.
While waiting for the crust to cool completely, whisk together pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, white sugar, beaten egg, cinnamon, ginger powder, salt, baking, and ground cloves.
Once the crust is thoroughly cooled, pour the filling. Bake it in the oven for 35 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius.
Spread the pecan and maple syrup combination on top of the bars.
Continue baking for another 25 minutes or until a toothpick tester inserted comes out clean. Let the bars cool completely before slicing them into smaller bars.
- What does it taste like? The combination of pumpkin, spices, pecans, and milk is exceptional. It has a soft and Brulee texture with a crunchy crust that blends well with the toppings.
- What needs to expect? You may feel that the toppings are way too runny but don’t worry, it will be cooked through. These delicious bars may be too long to prepare, but it is all worth it.
- What If I don’t have a canned pumpkin puree? You can substitute it with the same amount of cooked butternut squash and mash it until it becomes mushy or pureed.