10/21/11

pumpkin bars w/ cider-cream cheese frosting

pumpkin bars with cider cream cheese frosting

Do you remember that show "DoorKnock Dinners" with Gordan Elliot? Almost 11- 12 years ago on food network? Back when food network was just starting out? I do. And I remember the episode when Gordan went knocking on Paula Deen's door. This was waaaay before she was famous. Oh she had such a warm, inviting personality when she answered the door. Surely that was what Gordan was drawn too, her bubbly personality; for he knew she would be great on the show. Smart man. And from there Paula started her journey into food. Granted from interviews with Paula now she states she always wanted to do something with food--just wasn't sure what exactly. She was doing a lot of catering well before she opened her restaurant. Amazing to also find that back in her late 20's she suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia that literally kept her housebound. After reading that I just find it so hard to believe with her very bubbly personality and tremendous self esteem that shines through on her shows, book events, guest appearances, etc... Apparently it took her a few years to get well, when she then ventured out to have a job as a bank teller, then onto a small catering business, a large catering business, then meeting Gordan Ramsey, and the rest is history. Fascinating how she turned her life around at such a late age and finally realized/accomplished her dream of being int he food business.

Onto the bars. These moist pumpkin bars are from Paula Deen with a kicked up frosting from me. I finally have some of the 'pumpkin baking bug'. Took a while but it's here. While I have you--any kicked up pumpkin requests? Love to hear them!
(sorry the photos are so dark, we've had a ton of rain here on cape cod).
Since I get emailed (a lot) about where do I get the sprinkles from. I all mine from Whole Foods. They have such great colors and varieties of sprinkles and they're all natural too; no chemicals or dangerous food dyes in them.

pumpkin bars with cider cream cheese frosting

pumpkin bars with apple cider-cream cheese frosting
bars by paula deen, frosting by vanillasugarblog.com
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Bars:
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

Frosting:
1 cup +/- confectioners sugar, sifted
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp (nice & soft)
1 ts ground cinnamon
A dash or three of pure apple cider (apple juice really won’t work here for that full flavor of apple, stick with the cider)

Orange sprinkles, optional

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 X 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting:
In a medium bowl add in the soft cream cheese with the sifted confectioners sugar, cinnamon, and a couple dashes of the apple cider (in batches--don’t add in all the cider at once; it’s better to add in small doses than larger ones).
Get out the handheld mixer and beat until well mixed, no lumps are present. You can add as much or as little apple cider depending on how thick you like your glaze. I like to place mine frosting in the fridge for a while to harden up before frosting/piping onto the cake. For a decorative cake like mine, you can use a piping bag to frost or a knife. But make sure the cake is cooled before frosting.
Dust with orange sprinkles if desired.

29 comments:

  1. Love seeing some pumpkin over here:) YUM!

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  2. I didn't know all that about Paula Deen, it makes me like her more. I am so impressed that you piped all those beautiful puffs of frosting on your cake. I love it because it ups that all important frosting to cake ratio!

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  3. since when did a cake become a bar? looks good though!

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  4. Por dios que maravilla.

    Esta me la copio.

    Saludos

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  5. I have also caught the bug!!! Love that you have pumpkin and apple cider in the bars, they scream fall! I love your cookie recipes, got any awesome pumpkin cookie creations?

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  6. Hi Dawn, host was Gordon Elliot : ) Had to look it up because I didn't remember Gordon Ramsey on that show. I watched that show too. Pumpkin bars look amazing!

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  7. Paula Deen? Agoraphobic? that's crazy talk!

    I want a bowl of that frosting and a spoon. Stat.

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  8. These look super yummy!
    Can't wait to try them - I definitely have to pumpkin bug :)

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  9. This sounds delicious. Love pumpkin recipes! I will have to try this frosting on my pumpkin bars. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Love pumpkin recipes! I will have to try this frosting on my pumpkin bars. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Love these! What pretty decorations too. :) -mary

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  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year because pumpkin pretty much goes everything! Delicious!

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  13. Oh wow, this looks beautifully rich and love that the frosting has cider!

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  14. Trop gourmand
    Je te souhaite un très beau samedi

    Valérie.

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  15. delicious! my mom has made that paula deen recipe before too.

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  16. Awesome, love the cider in the frosting (although I bet bourbon would be good too, heh). And how long did it take you to frost that thing? Damn. Looks great though!

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  17. What a nice treat with cream cheese frosting. I have to start baking recipes with pumpkin. I bought one but did not cook it yet.

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  18. Great idea to add cider to your frosting I love your piping skills!

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  19. I used to love to watch that show. The pumpkin bars look fantastic.

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  20. "she turned her life around at such a late age given that she had no personality years before." I'm confused, she had no personality because she had agoraphobia and panic attacks? If that's what you meant, that's extremely ignorant. I hope I'm just misunderstanding?

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  21. Oh I love those bars! They look so pretty and the best thing is the pumpkin in them, yum! Interesting story about Paula Deen, who would've thought?

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  22. no sarah, i meant she had wanted to for many years open her own business, get out of the house, get over her fears....and she finally did accomplish what she wanted.

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  23. Ha. I totes remember that show and when Paula was on...back when she was tolerable. I'm not a fan of her now, but I would try some of her recipes from time to time. The bars sound good and of course no one kicks up frosting like you!

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  24. Yes..Paula does have a great story!! Ohhh these bars..I could just shove my face in them!

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  25. slipping cider into the frosting is brilliant! i fully intend to use that idea in the immediate future. :)

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  26. These are so fun--love the way you decorated them! :)

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  27. Thanks for clarifying, Vanilla Sugar. I would never have guessed that's what "no personality" meant!

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  28. those look absolutely wonderful!! and how crazy about paula? guess there's still some hope for me :-P

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  29. I would start on the Christmas Cookies book.

    Julia

    wtxgirl67 at gmail.com

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