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Pumpkin Bars


Makes 12 bars with 1 1/2 cups frosting
Moist and tender pumpkin spice cake lavished with cream cheese frosting: you know you can’t resist.

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pure pumpkin puree (from a 15-ounce can)
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature

Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
Pinch coarse salt
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush bottom and sides of an 8-by-12-inch cake pan with butter. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides. Brush parchment with butter.

Whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree and milk; set aside

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, and beat until combined. On low speed add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of pumpkin mixture, and beating until just combined after each.

Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth top with spatula. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make Frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, and pinch of salt until light and creamy, 2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until incorporated.

Assemble: Unmold cake. Using an offset spatula, spread icing over top of cake. Cut into 12 bars.
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Halloween Soul Cakes

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp of apple cider vinegar

Directions

Put the dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until it is crumbly, similar to cornmeal.

Combine egg and vinegar and beat. With the motor running, pour the beaten egg and vinegar through the feed hole. Pulse until well combined.

Turn out into a bowl and press together into a ball. Chill for 20 minutes

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Lightly flour a clean, flat surface and roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into large rounds using a cookie or biscuit cutter. Mark a cross shape into the top of the cakes with a knife. Place the cakes onto the baking sheets.Gather the scraps together and roll again until all the dough has been cut into cakes.

Bake, one sheet at a time, for 12-15 minutes, or until the cake tops are lightly golden. Can be eaten warm or at room temperature.

Store in an airtight container for about a week.
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Pear Pine Nut Coffee Cake

Ingredients

Cake:
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
scant 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
scant 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
zest of 1 lemon
3 pears, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Topping:

3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 oz pine nuts

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Put topping together by placing all ingredients except pine nuts in the bowl of a small food processor. Pulse 8-10 times just until the butter is broken up into pea size pieces and the mixture is crumbly. Cover and place in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the cake.

Prepare a 10-inch springform pan by lightly coating it with butter then lightly dusting with flour; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; set aside.

Slice the pears and toss them with 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a small bowl; set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar until fluffy, approximately 3-5 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla and lemon zest and mix well.

Starting with the Greek yogurt, alternate adding to cake batter along with dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Top the batter with sliced pears and then sprinkle the crumble topping over the pears. Finish by sprinkling the pine nuts on top.

Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pan for at least 20-25 minutes before serving before removing from pan. Let cool completely before serving.

Note: can substitute chopped pecans for the pine nuts

from Mountain Mama Cooks
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Apple Sauce Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup + 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 heaping cup dark chocolate chips
powdered sugar for dusting, optional

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Prepare a 12-cup bundt pan with butter and flour; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and nutmeg. Whisk in the applesauce, eggs, oil and melted butter. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Scrape the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake in a preheated oven for 60-70 minutes or until the cake is fully cooked through.

Transfer the cake to a cooling rack and let the cake cool for 10 minutes in the pan before inverting the cake from the pan to cool completely. If desired, sift powdered sugar over the cake before slicing and serving!

Recipe Notes: This is modified for high altitude as my kitchen sits just below 7000 feet. If you don’t need to adjust for high altitude, increase baking soda to 2 full teaspoons, and increase sugar to 1 1/2 cups.
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Espresso-Brown Butter Banana Bundt Cake

Ingredients

For the cake:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup finely mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons espresso powder
2/3 cup chocolate chips (dark or milk work great here)

For the glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2–1 teaspoon espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

Heat the oven to 350F degrees.

Butter and flour a 10-cup bundt pan.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Once the butter is melted, cook it slowly, letting it bubble, until it smells nutty or like butterscotch and turns a deep golden hue, 5 to 10 minutes. Let the butter cool until it’s warm, 5 to 10 min.

Once the butter is cool, transfer it to a large bowl and whisk in the sugar and eggs until nice and smooth. Then stir in mashed bananas, vanilla and salt.

Sift the flour, baking soda and expresso powder directly onto the batter; stir just to combine. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the prepared bundt pan, spreading it evenly with the rubber spatula. Bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out with only moist crumbs clinging to it, about 45 min.

Set the pan on a rack to cool for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto the rack and remove the pan. Let cool completely.

To make the glaze, stir together the powdered sugar, espresso powder, vanilla and milk. Use more espresso powder if you like a stronger coffee flavor. Adjust with milk and/or powdered sugar to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle glaze over completely cool bundt cake.
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Cast Iron Pumpkin Cranberry Cake

If you’d like to make this and you Don’t need to adjust for high altitude make the following changes: increase granulated sugar to 2 full cups, decrease vanilla extract to 1 1/2 teaspoons, increase baking soda to 1 3/4 teaspoons, and increase baking powder to 2 1/2 teaspoons. Follow directions as is.

Ingredients

For the cake:

4 eggs
1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate OR 15 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh cranberries

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Prepare 10-inch cast iron skillet with a touch of butter if your pan isn’t seasoned. Otherwise let it be!

In a medium bowl sift flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin puree, orange juice concentrate or essential oil, sugar, oil, applesauce and vanilla. Mix well with wire whisk.

Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and with a wooden spoon mix just until combined. Stir in chopped cranberries.

Pour batter into cast iron and bake until done about 35-40 minutes. Let cool on rack for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Note: For 10 inch dutch oven to bake at 350F use 14 charcoals on top and 7 around the bottom.

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Lunch Lady Brownies

A cross between a brownie and cake, these are perfectly fudgy.
Yield: 24 brownies

Ingredients

for the brownies:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

for the chocolate icing:

1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
small pinch of salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Grease a 9×13 pan with either cooking spray or butter; set aside.

Melt butter in a medium sized pan over medium heat.

Add cocoa powder and sugar. Use a whisk until smooth. Whisk in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla extract. Lastly, stir in flour and salt just until combined.

Pour batter into a prepared baking pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean taking care not to over bake. Remove brownies from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. You want frost the brownies while they’re still warm.

To make the icing, beat all ingredients until smooth. Spread evenly over still warm brownies and then let cool completely before cutting into 4 squares.

Author’s notes: Apparently this recipe (or a variation close to) originated from a sweet lunch lady in Idaho over 50 years ago. It’s such a simple recipe- I literally use one pan – and the ingredients are basic and familiar.

You could easily add some espresso powder or mint extract if you want to jazz these up.
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