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.

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Spicy Sausage Gnocchi Pumpkin Soup

Dipping temperatures outside can only mean one thing, it’s gotta get toasty inside!!

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Can we finally say, soup season is here?!? The temperature has been so weird lately … not that I’m complaining, but we’ve been having warmer than normal days, and then this weekend — hellllloooooo November chill!

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I’ve got a couple of soups floating around the blog, and ironically ( or not so ironically) most of them, have a pumpkin base. It’s the colour … the burst of orange, reminds me of fall. The spices, leave my home smells aaahhh-mazing.

This soup is hearty, its quick, it’s got a kick — aka perfect recipe, to leave you warm, comforted and with a soup baby.

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Spicy Sausage Gnocchi Pumpkin Soup

·         2 lbs Turkey sausage

·         3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

·         1 large onion, chopped

·         3 cloves garlic, minced

·         1 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Thyme

·         2 Fresh Basil leaves

·         1 Dried Bay Leaf

·         ¼ tsp curry powder

·         ¼ tsp caraway seeds

·         1 ½ cups Pumpkin Puree

·         6 Cups Chicken Stock

·         2 cups Water

·         1 tbsp Salt

·         1 ½ tbsp. Black Pepper

·         1 package prepared gnocchi

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Directions:

In a large non-stick frying pan, on medium-high heat brown the Italian sausage 2 minutes on each side.

Remove from heat, and allow to cool. Once cooled. Slice into bite sized pieces.

In a large soup pot, heat olive oil. Add cooked sausage, onions, garlic, thyme, basil, bay leaf, curry powder and caraway seeds. Allow to sauté for 7 minutes. All of your ingredients should start to become fragrant.

Add pumpkin, chicken stock, water , salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil.

Add gnocchi and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

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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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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 😉

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 ❤

Pumpkin Spice Latte Bread

Can I be honest with you folks?

This year’s pumpkin spice latte’s from Starbucks, didn’t quite hit the spot. For the entire season, I had 2 … TWO?!?

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Last year, I was downing one a day, if not two .. a day!! For whatever reason, this year, the cups I got ended up tasting like cough syrup. So I’ve been opting for my usual coffee order instead. I can’t wait until the gingerbread is back – this classic better not fail me!!

Last week, as I was picking up my daily cup – I noticed the pumpkin spice latte mixes were on sale – the miniature candy wheels in my mind began turning. I love the SMELL of the lattes, I’ve normally LOVED the flavour and did I mention there was a SALE?! I got 2 boxes.

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 And then I made bread — and it smells like heaven.

And I added a pumpkin spice latte cream cheese swirl  — and it smells like heaven.

And I drizzled it with more pumpkin spice latte goodness … did I mention it smells like heaven?

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Bread

 Ingredients

 Bread:

 1½ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon Sea salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

2 pks Starbucks PSL mix (or 2 Tbsp Cinnamon Powder, 1/2 Tbsp ginger powder, 4 Tbsp Powdered milk, 1 Tbsp Nutmeg)

2 eggs

½ cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

½ c margarine, softened

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1½ cup canned pumpkin

Cream cheese

½ cup cream cheese

1 pk Starbucks PSL ( or half of the spice mix above)

1 Tsp Cinnamon powder

Drizzle

¼ cup ready-made frosting

1 pk Starbucks PSL ( or half of the spice mix above)

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.

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

In a mixing bowl, beat sugars and butter until creamy.

Add eggs and vanilla.

Slowly add dry ingredients.

Mix in pumpkin.

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese , PSL mix and cinnamon.

Pour 1/2 of bread mixture into a greased and floured loaf pan, add 1 tbsp dollops of cream cheese mixture sporadically. The rest of the bread mixture, and top with remaining cream cheese mixture. Taking a toothpick or skewer – marble the two mixtures together – just slight swirls – you don’t want the two mixtures to combine 🙂

 Bake for  70 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes.

This is a good time to make the drizzle!! Combine icing and PSL mixture. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. And then drizzle away!!

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I actually just realized, this is the first pumpkin bread that I’ve ever posted – what the heck have I been waiting for?!?! And if any of you end up making French toast with this bread – HOLY MOTHER OF YUMM – please call me over, I’ll walk with amazing stuff for us to make Mimosa with – and we’ll sit around and pish-posh all day!!

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of my friends south of the border ❤

Your guests have been invited, the house is cleaned, the menu is planed, your turkey is prepped. Everything is set like a well rehearsed play and now it’s time to take center stage.

And then *ring ring ring* your cousin calls, they’re surprising you tonight with not just themselves – but their entire family too. But it’s family, so you paint a smile and instantly think of Charlie Brown. If there isn’t enough food – you can always serve

  • Buttered toast , pretzels, popcorn and jelly beans.

But you know that 20 lb turkey will suffice, your fluffy mashed potatoes will be enough to feed a village and there’s enough side dishes to put everyone in a food coma. But the pumpkin pie – well , what if the little munchkins don’t like pumpkin pie?!?!

Don’t panic.

Photo Credit: http://www.shibbyphotography.com/

I made you cupcakes, and they’re as simple as pie.

Actually, they’re Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes and they were inspired but the AMAZING-TASTIC ever so awesome Erin, from The Spiffy Cookie. I don’t think she’s juuust a spiffy cookie – but oh my word such a SMART COOKIE!!  Have a gander at her Chocolate S’more cupcakes – – that’s where I got this idea!! Actually, go ahead, feel free to fall in love with her blog. I do. Every.single.time.

And now, for a little pie…. err I mean cupcake.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Crust

3/4 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/2 Tsp Nutmeg

1 1/2 Tbsp Melted Butter

Cupcake

1 Cup Flour

3/4 Cup Cake Flour

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp Pumpkin Spice

1 Tsp Sea Salt

2 Large Eggs

3/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree

1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Topping

12 Large Marshmallows

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc and prepare a 12 cup muffin tray.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the crust ingredients. Mix until well combined and spoon into muffin cups.

 

To make the cupcake combine in a large bowl, flours, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin spice and sea salt.

Using a separate bowl whisk together eggs, pumpkin purée, olive oil and vanilla.

Combine your wet ingredients into your dry and mix well.

Fill your cups.

Bake for 25 minuets or until the cupcakes pass the toothpick test.

Remove from oven and top with marshmallows.

Pop them back into the oven and broil until toasty brown.

Photo Credit : http://www.shibbyphotography.com/

May your day be sweet, filled with family – friends – delicious food and little moments to make memories that last a lifetime.

Happy Thanksgiving ladies & gents xox