Woooohooooo …. Heh. While most of us ( moi avec mi familia … yes, that was French and Spanish all in one) celebrated Thanksving over a month ago I have an extra special recipe for all of my American readers.
Pun’kin pie… bars.
Also, I’m being super sneaky this year and celebrating thanksgiving twice because my sweet baboo ( ala Sally Brown) and I are in ‘Merica this week!! Bring on the turkey, pun’kin pie and extra stretchy pants!!
I’m normally not a pumpkin pie person, growing up my mom made a very traditional Trinidadian version – no crust – lots of spices – with huge chunks of ginger ( even though I think this might have been a mistake).
What’s a pie without crust?!? … especially, when I made a crust out of OREOS!! Pumpkin Spice OREOS!! I did however take a note out of her book, and spiced this recipe up – and added the fresh ginger … just a little and minced it as much as I can. And taaa-daaa I’m a pumpkin pie looovvaaaahhh … it could just be the oreos… or the magic powers that are in pumpkin spice.
Mehh. After today, don’t we all just move onto nutmeg and chestnuts anyway … heh. Kidding. Kind of. Starbucks, I love you.
Pumpkin Spice Oreo Pumpkin Pie Bars
2 cups pureed pumpkin
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon Garam masala
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
21 Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cookies (crushed to a fine crumb)
5 Tbsp melted butter
Preheat oven to 425°
Line a large rectangular baking pan with greased foil.
In a large bowl, combine oreo crumbs and butter.
Add to bottom of prepared rectangular pan.
Bake for 5 minutes.
Remove from oven.
In a medium microwave safe bowl, add pumpkin puree, spices, salt and fresh ginger Microwave for 2 minutes.
Allow mixture to come to rooms temperature, it should be warm to the touch. Whisk in remaining ingredients.
Pour into crust and bake for 15 minutes.
Lower the heat to 350, and bake for an additional 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Slice and enjoy.
Just a note ( and if you’re not super hungry right away) – if you refrigerate the bars for at least 45 minutes, they slice extremely clean.