David asked for more pumpkin goodies this week and who am I to squelch a man's dreams? Plus, as he so candidly pointed out, this is the only time of year when it's OK to eat pumpkin with almost every meal. Silly man, you don't have to twist my arm to don an apron.
I broke out another one of Grandma's recipes today. The woman knows her stuff and I am but a humble baking servant.
This recipe makes a delicious pumpkin blondie. The cream cheese frosting is the supporting actor...so good, so right...but not the star. Nope, that's our boy pumpkin. You can eat it for dessert or breakfast too (oh yes we did.) And, as if you needed another perk, it will leave your house/apt/dwelling smelling desperately autumnal. It's a beautiful thing for all senses.
Now, before you dive-in, I need to make a small disclaimer: Grandma wrote this recipe. Her directions were vague, at best, because she's grandma and knows what she knows. I am not grandma...although my deep love of Murder, She Wrote may fool you...but indeed I am not. This one needs a little tweaking. I thought the blondies were pretty dense so I probably need to go back and study a little from good ol' Alton Brown as to the secret texture how-to. I'm guessing it has to do with mixing the ingredients (gma just said "mix them all together" and pour in baking dish... Really gma?)
Frosted Pumpkin Blondies
Yields: 24 servings
Prep-Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
- 4 eggs, beaten (I used organic cage free eggs)
- 1 c vegetable oil (I used olive oil instead)
- 1 c pumpkin
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 c granulated sugar (I was out of raw)
- 2 c all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt (I used kosher)
- dash of pumpkin pie spice
- 3oz cream cheese, softened (I used low-fat)
- 2 c powdered sugar
- 6 Tbsp butter, softened
- 3-6 tsp milk (I used organic skim) - may need more depending on the consistency you prefer *I used 6*
- 1 tsp vanilla
You can also add 1 cup nuts to the cake if you are a nut person. David didn't want nuts in the cake but we decided to add 1/2 cup of walnuts on top.
Pumpkin Blondie Goodness