Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars, Sunflowers and a Cozy Cabin It Will Be


I just love the scent of pumpkin spice! And even though I am not ready to give up summer weather,  I am craving the scent of fall. And the forecast for this weekend says it's going to get down to 29 degrees on Friday. Sheesh, I am sooooo not ready for cool temperatures. I am bringing flannel jammies to the cabin and the wood stove will be cranking! 

These fabulous Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars from the blog Faithfulness Farm  were calling my name.  The recipe makes a 10" x 15" pan, so be prepared to share :-)  I made a trial batch for my office, and I asked them to rate them. They gave the bars five stars out of five!!

Recipe for Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars:

Bars:

2-1/4 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
16 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup rolled quick oats

Filling:
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1-3/4 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 large eggs

Glaze drizzle:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk


Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar and molasses until creamy. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Reserve 3/4 cup of this mixture and place in a small bowl. Scoop the remaining mixture into a 10" x 15" baking pan lightly coated with nonstick spray. Add the oats to the reserved mixture and mix until combined - set aside.
 
For the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and mix until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing just until combined. Scoop the mixture over the uncooked base and use an off-set spatula to evenly spread the mixture over the top. Crumble reserved oat mixture over filling.
 
Bake until the topping is a golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
 
For glaze drizzle, in a small bowl, mix together confectioners' sugar, butter and vanilla. Mix in just enough milk until the mixture will easily flow from a spoon - drizzle over cooled bars.



If I could have only one flower, it would be easy for me to choose. It would be the beloved sunflower. They truly make my heart go pitter patter. When I drive by a field of sunflowers, I pause and reflect on their beauty.




The sunflower plates were purchased at Wegman's a while back. Each summer, I look forward to their return. We use them and enoy them!




We have been enjoying the table we bought at the Mackenzie-Childs Barn Sale, and I have been working with Ballard Designs on the parsons chairs and covers that I ordered. Their customer service has been outstanding. There was a little oops on the monogrammed chair covers that I ordered (you can see the ripple around the monogram in the photo below), but they agreed to have them redone and let me keep the ones that weren't quite right. Not sure what I will do with them :-)






I am joining Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch and Foodie Friday with this post.

Thank you for stopping by!

 Debbie


Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

20 comments:

  1. Your MC table is gorgeous...it looks so nice with the sunflower placesettings. This is one of my favorite times of the year...love the rich colors, the traditional foods of autumn and the briskness in the air.

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  2. Oh YUM--those pumpkin bars look and sound amazing! AND, those sunflower dishes are just about the prettiest thing I've ever seen....beautiful post!

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  3. OMG...I am drooling over this whole setting and of course the table...just beautiful. Did you get the new MC catalog this week? I am going to NYC this wkend and will stop by the store to get the new checked compote - reminds me of a piece they had years ago! Enjoy your new table...looks like it has a nice spot in your home!

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  4. Debbie -- I am SO glad you all liked the bars. Your sunflowers are over-the-top!! Just love that table :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  5. Beautiful table, Debbie! I am so ready for Fall and those bars are such a delicious way to welcome it in!

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  6. Seriously, 29? I went for a swim today, it was HOT!
    Your table is gorgeous, love those colors, and your mc table is so sweet.
    6 out of what, 10?
    They look delicious!

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  7. Your tablescape is so cheery- I love sunflowers!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

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  8. I must have read it wrong! The print is hard to read, I thought it said 6!

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  9. I love your sunflowers! So pretty in a square plate. I miss Wegman's. We moved from NJ to FL last year and no Wegman's here (sigh!).

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  10. I love sunflowers too and would love to have those terrific dishes of yours! You've created a fabulous tablescape for two and it would be great to sit at it and enjoy some of your baking - yummy!

    DD

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  11. Gorgeous sunflowers! Your GB pumpkin bars look & sound delicious~ We're getting down to 60 degrees which I'm SO looking forward to on Friday, 29 degrees~ wow!

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  12. Debbie -- I just love the sunflowers -- so beautiful for this time of year! Those sunflower plates are outstanding. Love your sunflower arrangment too. Wish I could have a bite of the pumpkin dessert. Joni

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  13. Debbie...your table is so adorable!! Are you really going to be up north for this cold snap???? I'm looking forward to our first fire of the season. Your sunflowers keep things feeling warm and sunny!!

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  14. My heart goes pitter patter when I see your MacKensie-Childs pedestal table ;)

    The past two days we've had the weather you're about to get. The night before last was the coldest and we woke up to 37F (feeling like 32). Stay warm at the cabin!

    The Gingerbread Pumpkin Bars sound delicious~

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  15. Oh how pretty this all is -- there are several of us who brought out the sunflowers this week. How fun is that? What a grat table....perfect with your flowers and dishes.

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  16. Hi, Debbie! The sunflower IS a great flower!!! The Sunflower State - Kansas - is just about 15 minutes to the west of us, and there is always an abundance of these golden beauties along the highways and byways. I love they way you have transformed your table into a fun and pretty display of the fall season with them!

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  17. OMGoodness, these sounds DELICIOUS!!!! I'm with you, craving pumpkin anything!!!! Your table is adorable and I LOVE, love the plates! I sure wish I ahd a Wegmans near me! I get there VERY occasionally and always check out the dishes too! XO, Pinky I posted at TT also (am just getting through the posts), so would love for you to stop by.

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  18. LOVE YOUR TABLE SET AS WELL AS THE DISHWARE PLEASE LET ME KNOW THE NAME OF THE COLLECTION I MUST PURCHASE THE DISHES FOR MY KITCHEN I LUV IT! BE BLESSED

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  19. The plates are "Tuscan Sunflower" made by Stone Lite. Hope you can find them. They are gorgeous.

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