Saturday, November 28, 2009

Paula Deen's Pumpkin Bars

OK, My lazy streak hit and I did not make the Pumpkin Roll for Thanksgiving. These Pumpkin Bars from Paula Deen were a pretty pleasing substitute - They were very easy and super moist with a delicious cream cheese frosting. Paula is a home cook, not a chef and since her home is very close to D'ville, I already have most of her recipes in my mothers cookbooks. This yummy cake is simple enough for a beginning baker and delicious enough to serve to the preacher!

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
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
I also added 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. Cut into bars.

To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.

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