Pumpkin Spice Oreo Pumpkin Pie Bars

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Haaapppy Thanksgiving!!

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.

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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).

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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.

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Mehh. After today, don’t we all just move onto nutmeg and chestnuts anyway … heh. Kidding. Kind of. Starbucks, I love you.

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Pumpkin Spice Oreo Pumpkin Pie Bars

Ingredients

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

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Directions:

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.

IMG_9037Just 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.

Pumpkin Walnut Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all of my Canadian Buddy-old-pals!!

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This long weekend ( like many long weeks) to me is the official kick off of fall … warmer clothes, my heat goes on in my condo (yippee)..it’s also the official kick off of hockey? YEEESS!! Hahaha .. you can take a girl out of Canada, but you can’t take the Canada out of a girl.

Do you guys remember making hand turkeys when you were younger? … I’m pretty sure I did in elementary school … and then things got a lot more sophisticated when we began making placemats in grade 5. Those were the cool days!!

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This weekend Mr. LTSL and I will be spending it with family, there’s sure to be lots of food and probably a few post-turkey naps tossed in.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend, filled your loved ones … and a little (or a lot) of turkey doesn’t hurt either. And while the focus maybe on dinner, I have a breakfast that will blow your family away.

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Almost too pretty to eat. Almost. And then you take a bite, and you’re in love.

Pumpkin Walnut Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread

Dough

 1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter

2cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

n a medium sized bowl, heat milk and butter in microwave for 1 minute should be warm to the touch. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add 2 cups flour, sugar, egg, yeast, and salt. Mix until well combined. If the dough is too sticky, add 1 table spoon of flour at a time, until you get a firm dough. On a lightly floured surface, place dough and knead until smooth and elastic. Form into a ball.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl.

Cover and allow the dough to rise for 2 hours.

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Filling

 ½ cup Pumpkin Puree

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tablespoon pumpkin spice

¼ cup walnut halves

1 large egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and pumpkin spice. Set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to approximately an 11 x 15-inch rectangle. Spread the pumpkin  mixture uniformly on the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Starting lengthwise, roll the dough like you would a cinnamon roll. Pinch together the edges to seal.

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Using a sharp knife, cut the rolled dough in half lengthwise. Pinch together one end of the dough and braid the two long strands. Pinch together the remaining end. Form the dough into a circular shape and pinch together the pinched ends. To create a pumpkin swirl wreath.  Transfer the circle to a lightly greased cast-iron beaten egg. Gently tuck in walnut halves sporadically around the dough. Bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

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Enjoy, remember to take a moment this weekend to remember how lucky we are to live in such an amazing country – with all of the opportunities presented to us. Take a moment to be thankful for great friends, your health and you’re happiness. It’s the simple things … like how amazing your house now smells 😉

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Speculoos Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Whiskey Maple Syrup

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Booze and breakfast.

YES!

Also, Monday.

And Happy 4th birthday Living The Sweet Life 🙂 wooo hoooo!!

It’s crazy to think that I’ve been blogging for 4 years already.

If you could eat any meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

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Mine, breakfast/brunch. Seriously – it outweighs lunch, dinner and dessert any day … and that says a lot!!

It’s all the pancakes, waffles, smoked salmon, bagels, dooooouuuughnuts. I want it all.

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These pancakes are fluffy and full of fall spices, and the syrup – I could drink it.

Also, it’s totally kiddo friendly as all of the alcohol burns away ( wink wink… kidding, it does). Or you know, this could totally just be a parents only meal … if I catch anyone with a straw in the syrup … I’ll have no choice but to high-five you!!

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Speculoos Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Whiskey Maple Syrup

Speculoos Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

1 3/4 cups flour

1/4 cup ground Speculoos cookies

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pumpkin spice

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 egg

2 cups milk

2 tbsp room temperature butter ( or margarine)

1 Tbsp Vanilla extract

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In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.

Add egg, milk, butter and vanilla.

Whisk until smooth.

Using 1/2 cup scoop batter into a hot frying pan / griddle.

Cook until you begin to see small bubbles – flip and cook an additional 2 minutes.

Repeat for the remaining batter.

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Whiskey Maple Syrup

1 Cup Water

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1/3 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp Whiskey

1 Tsp Maple Extract

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In a small sauce pan, whisk together all of the ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until thickened – approximately 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Serve warm over pancakes.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Browned Butter, Smoked Sea Salt Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Weekends should be lazy … it should be sleep in – late brunch – cartoon filled.

There should be a little too much sugar involved … lots of cozying up on the couch to a movie or people watching from your balcony. It should be strolls in the park, and coffee by the buckets.

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Weekends should have cinnamon rolls … outrageous … amazing .. delicious cinnamon rolls.

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We all know, and I’ve only probably said it a few trillion times – I have an intense fear of bread. Making it, that is … definitely not consuming it. My last meal would consist of bread. It’s the yeast … I can’t take the anxiety; did I add too much? Was the water too hot/too cold? What if this doesn’t rise? Have I over mixed? What if my bread grows hands?!?! Perfectly legitimate questions and concerns I’m sure.

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That’s actually the reason that it’s taken me soo long to make cinnamon rolls … luckily these ones must be fool proof because look how peeerrrdy they are.

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I will say one thing, next time I’ll probably use a bigger pan – not that these buns were squished, but the tops started looking like Who-ville roofs because what I could only assume was because there wasn’t enough room.

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So Dr. Seuss would be proud, and in any case they were soo delicious. The dough is actually light, and so cushiony annnd sooo cinnamon-y I could die.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Butter Smoked Sea Salt Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Dough:

1 1/2 tsp yeast

½ cup warm water

½ cup hot milk

¼ cup sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground clove

1 egg

5 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

½ cup softened butter, plus more for pan

3/4 cup sugar, plus more for pan

¼ cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1 table spoon pumpkin pie spice

Brown Butter Smoked Sea Salt Maple Cream Cheese Icing:

½ cup cream cheese, softened

½ cup butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar sifted

1 Tbsp Maple Syrup

½ Tsp smoked Sea salt

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Directions

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a stand mixer bowl, combine milk, sugar, melted butter, pumpkin puree, spices, salt, and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour. Place in well-greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, approximately 2 hours.

When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on floured surface into a large rectangle. Spread softened butter all over dough. In a small bowl, mix together sugars, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Then sprinkle over buttered dough. Beginning at the longest side closest to you, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

Coat the bottom of 13 x 9 baking pan with butter. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake for about 30 minutes.

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Frosting

In a small saucepan, heat butter over medium-low heat until melted.

Continue cooking, watching butter carefully, until it sizzles and begins to crackle, lower heat to the lowest without turning the stove off and add cream cheese.

The cheese will begin to melt.

Remove  from heat and stir in the powdered sugar and maple syrup and smoked salt. Mix until well combined.

Once the rolls are finished, drizzle with frosting.

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Let this also be a warning that I’m coming fast a furious with pumpkin recipes – your welcome 😉

Toffee Malted Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

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Are you fine looking folks ready for pumpkin season? I’m pretty impressed that most of the pumpkin madness at least waited for mid September – it seems like last year I had an ice cream in one hand and a Pumpkin Spice Latte in another!!

Can we think of today’s recipe as a transition snack … you know, snacky like summer ( although, I’m down to snack on popcorn no matter what the season is!) and warm and cozy like fall … and addicting. Man – oh – man this popcorn is ADDICTING!!

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And I used smart pop so I pretty much just ate a bowl of celery … or something like that. heh. either that, or I’m starting to bulk up for winter … you know, like the bears.

My justification skills just got to a whole new wicked-amazing level.

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Toffee Malted Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

  • 3 Tb. powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tb. Pumpkin spice
  • 2 Tb. malted milk powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp Skor chips
  • 1 bag ready-made popcorn ( or 2 bags, smart pop)

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Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar, pumpkin spice, malted milk powder, salt and toffee chips together. Set aside.
  2. Pop the popcorn, and place in a large bowl. While still hot, toss in malted pumpkin powder
  3. then pour the chocolate malt powder over the top and toss vigorously

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Happy Snacking xo

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cannoli Cups

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all those celebrating!!

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Bring out the turkey – and cranberry sauce – and stretchy pants!! While I’m sure you already have your menu for the evening set … I couldn’t help but celebrate the day with my last fall recipe of the season!! Before we know it, there’s going to be cinnamon, peppermint and gingerbread everywhere … so let’s hold on to the pumpkin, for at least a couple more days ( I vote until December 1st).

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And for those who are already singing Christmas carols – I’ve complied the ultimate food blogger – Food Lover – Food Eater Gift list!!

Aaaannnndddd for those who just want to focus on a little sweet satisfaction, I made you Pumpkin Spice Latte Cannoli Cups!! And they’re easy – like crazy easy – and they’re delicious – like crazy delicious.

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Remember my plight about this year’s PSLs, and how I hoped that making at home would be better … I tried… it wasn’t and so I made bread. I also made cannoli cups … because, to be honest I freaking love cannoli’s but don’t have to gonads to fry the shell … also, I hate frying stuff aaannnnd look how pretty these are.

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I also think it’s super important that as we near closer to Christmas that we add pistachios to everything … so I did. And GORGE!!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cannoli Cups

Ingredients:

Mini Pie Shells ( 18 Mini’s)

1 Cup Ricotta Cheese

1 Cup Marscapone Cheese

3/4 Cups Icing Sugar

2 Pks Viva Pumpkin Spice Latte Mix ( or the flavour combination from the PSL Bread)

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon powder

1/2 Tsp Maple Extract ( you can also use vanilla, or almond)

1 Cup Beer Nuts ( crushed)

1 Cup Pistachios (crushed)

Vanilla pre-made frosting ( I used the canned version … 🙂 happiness)

18 butterscotch chips ( optional, I used as garnish — you can also just using icing sugar … or more nuts … or chocolate chips .. or sprinkles!!)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc.

Line your mini shells on a baking sheet – poke with a fork to aerate ( you can definitely get a little helper to help do this!!)

Bake the shells for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

In a medium sized bowl, sift together icing sugar, Pumpkin spice latte mix and cinnamon ( it’s really important that you sift, in this stage … you don’t want lumpy cannoli filling!!). Add ricotta cheese, marscapone and extract.

Mix well. Once, well combined set a size.

Place both the beer nuts and pistachios in two separate small bowls.

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Working with one tart shell at a time, frost the outer edge and dunk into either small nut bowls ( or both if you’re really adventurous 😉  ) – set aside and repeat with remaining shells. I ended up making 9 of each kind.

Using a large pipping tip, or a large spoon fill each prepared cannoli shell.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

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Best served cold .. enjoy!!

Have a lovely evening everyone, happy thanksgiving, happy black Friday, happy weekend ❤

Sundays with Joy : Pumpkin Spice Cranberry Pecan Pralines

Hey everyone,

HAPPY AMERICANO GOBBLER WEEK!!

 

Wooohooooo … is your menu all set? Have you invited your friends and family, can you smell the pie baking and the turkey roasting – – is your house adored in pretty orange – red and yellow decorations … did you get one of those cool hand turkey’s from your kids? … What’s for dessert?

And most importantly do you have your stretchy pants ready, and your running shoes set for black Friday?

While all of this chaos does surround thanksgiving … don’t forget the reason this is special day takes place. Amid all the hustle, running around, yelling and shopping – – don’t forget to be thankful. For everything. We’re lucky to have what we have, because not everyone does. So for the very least, say thank you.

Today’s recipe would be a perfect quick snack to munch on while watching the Macy’s parade,  or it’s ideal while watching a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and of course perfect to chomp down while enjoying some football – or to serve to your guests as the turkey is roasting away.

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Pumpkin spice Cranberry Pecan Pralines.

The fantabulous Joy The Baker created the original recipe ( side note: if you haven’t bought her book yet – – what are you waiting for? … she’s coming out with a brand spankin’ new one – – and you’ll want to make everything in this one first .. so please buy it, or ask Mr. Clause to hook you up 😀 ).

I took Miss Joy’s killer recipe and added a little LTSL love to it.

  • 1 TBSP of Pumpkin Spice
  • ¼ Cups of Dried Cranberries.

Follow the rest of Joy’s Song and you’re good to go 🙂 

  

 

If I’ve ever wanted to jump in a pot of delicious – – this would be the moment.
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Mmmm… yes, they’re as good as they look and yes, you want some and yes, even if it means spending your day in stretchy pants.

Stay sweet darlings

Ohh – – don’t forget – I need your help & you can win …. orr make sure santa is well fed, by winning this yummy-ness

Xoxox