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Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars Recipe


  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 slices 1x

Description

Easy pumpkin pie bars are a Thanksgiving dessert that makes enough for a crowd of hungry guests.  This creamy homemade pie is made completely from scratch, and is quick to make.  Everyone will love this take on the classic pumpkin pie.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 15 ounces homemade shortcrust pastry (425g)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree (425g)
  • 12 fluid ounces evaporated milk (355 ml)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (145g)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

Instructions

Pre-Baking the Crust

  1. Roll the pastry into a large rectangle that's 1/8 inch thick.  Put it inside of a 9x13-inch cake pan, pushing it into all the corners.  Trim off the excess so it goes 1 inch up the sides of the pan.  (If desired, re-roll the offcuts and cut out mini leaves and acorns and bake them for 10 minutes at 400 F.  These are good decorations.)
  2. Prick the base all over with a fork and chill for 10 minutes in the fridge or freezer.
  3. Crumple up a large piece of parchment paper and spread the paper inside of the pastry, then fill it with dried beans.
  4. Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes, then remove the parchment paper and beans and bake for 8-10 minutes longer, until it is pale golden around the edges.

Baking

  1. Lower the oven temperature to 375 F.
  2. Whisk all the filling ingredients together until smooth, then pour into the shell.
  3. Bake at 375 F for 35 minutes, until the filling jiggles only slightly in the middle when it is shaken.
  4. Let them cool completely on a wire rack, then chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour before slicing.
  5. Slice with a sharp knife.  Decorate each slice with whipped cream, a baked cutout of a leaf or acorn, and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.

Notes

  • Make your own pastry for the best flavor and texture.
  • Blind bake the crust to prevent it from bubbling up as the bars bake.
  • When are they done?  The center should jiggle slightly when shaken.
  • Let them cool completely and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours before slicing.
  • Decorate the bars with mini fall leaf shapes and piped whipped cream.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin slab pie, healthy pumpkin pie bars