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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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 ❤

Apple, Spice & Everything Nice Pull-Apart Bread

It’s frrriiidddaaaayyy woooo hooooo!!
… every week I yap on and on about how I can’t wait for the weekend, it’s going to be delicious, it involves sleep … and coffee … and pancakes .. and PJS – yaddy-yadda-yadda.
This week is no different, boy am I glad it’s Friday and I feeeel gooooooood!
*cue james brown – dancing shoes and all.
I hope that song is in your head all day – you’re welcome 🙂 .
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Does anyone else automatically think of the movie It takes Two when they hear that song?!? Remember when the Olsen twins were so little and cute?!? – who am I kidding, I still love those style mavens!!
It seems like pull-apart-bread is the new cool cat on the block. Everyone is doing it, and you should too. Because, even though it’s bread and I’m scared of anything requiring time to rise … this number is pretty easy and it smells like you walked into Bath and Body works … expect more delicious … and edible.
Funny story while perusing ( you think that says pursuing, don’t you – I seriously did spell check/ thesaurus check six times just to make sure I was spelling what I wanted to say … side note, inside of my note … I’m a terrible speller and I am so thankful for spell check – wooo, ggggoo computers and things). Back to my story while perusing out there on the line ( the internship, watch it .. SO FUNNY!!) I saw a million recipes for pull-apart-bread … and then I thought, I’m going to put apples between each layer and it will taste like apple pie.
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Turns out, a lot of other genius people had the same idea. I almost didn’t make this bread – but then I did… and I ate it … a lot of it … and it made my home smell all nice and fall and cinnamony.
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Apple, Spice & Everything Nice Pull-Apart Bread
Dough
2 3/4 cup + 2 additional TBSP
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
½ Tsp fresh nutmeg
½ Tsp ground clove
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 tsp. Sea salt
4 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup water
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Filling
3 Large Apples ( I didn’t peel mine, because I wanted that rustic look
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp sea salt
1 cup Tubino sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbsp. butter, melted

Glaze
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 Tablespoons milk

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Directions
In a large mixing bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, yeast and salt. Set aside.
Over low heat and in a small pan, melt the butter and milk. Once the butter is remove from heat and add the water and vanilla. Allow to cool.
Pour the milk mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Whisk together the eggs and add to the batter.
Add ¾ cups of flour and mix well.
Place the dough in a medium greased bowl. Allow to rise for 50 minutes. Once the dough has doubled its size, knead in 2 tablespoons of flour.
Cover the dough again for 5-10 minutes.
Great time, to work on the filling. In a medium bowl, combine sliced apples, lemon juice, granulated sugar and sea salt.
In a small bowl mix together the turbino sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 oc, and prepare your bread pan.
Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface. Brush the melted butter on the dough and add the sugar mixture.
Even spread your filling across the dough. Each slice of apple will act as a guide to the size of your square.
Using a shape knife, cut the dough into approximately equal sized strips — they don’t have to be the exact same – don’t worry. Then cut the strips into approximately equal sized squares.
Stack the squares on top of each other. Place them in a prepared bread pan.
Allow the dough to rise and additional 15 minuets in the bread pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until outside of bread is golden brown.

While the bread bakes, make your glaze.

Whisk the confectioners’ sugar and 2 Tablespoon of milk until smooth. Add more milk to thin, if desired.

Remove bread from oven, allow to cool 20 minutes and drizzle with prepared glaze.

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I feel like you should do this, then sit with it … pull it a part and have a Vince Vaughn movie marathon. If you invite me over, I’ll bring wine – promise.
And I’ll laugh obnoxiously at really immature jokes – promise.

Apple Oatmeal Cookie Cake

The official holiday season kick off is this weekend.

Yes, I just said holiday season.

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THANKSGIVING Is this weekend and I couldn’t be more happy!!

Bring on the turkey, extra gravy – don’t mind if I do … and what’s that you want me to bake with nothing but pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove until I’m blue in the face – I’m on it!!

While, I’m no where even remotely ready to think about the big guy coming down the chimney, nor white stuff falling from the sky – thanksgiving is pretty special at the LTSL household and with brand new traditions starting this year – I can’t wait to see what this long weekend holds!!

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I’m thankful for many things, family – friends – YOU – a good job, health.

I’ve said it a million times, but once more doesn’t hurt – I’m a damn lucky little lady!! For the many things I’m thankful for, I’d like to celebrate.

Annndd as the Queen Julia Child say’s herself :

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And so, we shall have cake!! Apple Oatmeal Cookie Cake. For some reason, this cake reminds me of a huge muffin … which is pretty much all the convincing I need to eat it for breakfast.

We’re celebrating – go ahead, eat the damn thing any time you want!!

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Apple Oatmeal Cookie Cake

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1½ cups vegetable oil
1 cup apple sauce

3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

1 Tsp grated Nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 grated Golden Delicious apples

Oatmeal cookies ( 1 box) – reserve and coarsely crush 6 cookies

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Directions:

 Preheat the oven to 325°F. Prepare cake pan.

With an electric mixer, beat the sugars, eggs, and oil until smooth. Add apple sauce and mix well.

Sift together the flour, sea salt, baking soda, and cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and beat well.

Add the vanilla. Stir in the grated apples.

Pour 1/3 of the batter into your prepared pan. Layer oatmeal cookies. Pour additional 1/3 of batter, layer with cookies, and then add last 1/3 of cake batter – top with crushed cookies and Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

 Remove the cake from the oven, let it cool and slice.

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Party it up, celebrating, thanking, laughing, turkying and loving this weekend darlings!!

Roasted Butternut Beer Nut Soup

SSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUPPPPP makes me want to slllllllllllllllllllllllllluuuuurrrrrp.

Sorry .. except, it’s true.

One of my pet peeves is loud eaters … there’s something about hearing someone chew like a cow that makes me want to ninja them in their head. I know sometimes it can’t be helped. It’s mostly those who chew with their mouths open that I can’t handle. Not that I would actually do anything to them, except shoot them evil laser beaming stink eye.

Here’s the fun part of this whole story … I’m a gulper.

My coffee … I gulp.

My Tea … I gulp.

And soup … I gulp.

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Not on purpose and I definitely want to throat punch myself when I realize I’m doing it… but this soup – it’s totally gulp/slurp worthy.

Slurp away home-fries …

Perfect for a cold fall day, sweet – spicy – nutty. I added beernuts as a thickening agent to this soup… and beer #WINNING.

Another little story before I get to the recipe … or you can ignore this jibber-jabber and just scroll down. I read tons of food blog, some I comment on – others I read and admire in a corner.. in true creeper form. There are two blogs though that I read no.matter.what. these two are by far my favourite bloggers in all of internet land and I would probably get heart palpitations if I were to ever meet them in person.

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Joy, from Joy the Baker and Jessica from How Sweet It Is. These wonder women and freaking geniuses … not to mention, cooler than this cat would ever be. The reason I mention this, is both these lovely ladies, have used funky things to thicken up their soups. Joy in her Vegan Carrot Jalapeno Soup used cashews .. cashews!!! ~ I don’t mean to be a snob, but TOLD YOU SHE WAS A GENIUS!!

And Jessica in her Smoked Gruyère butternut soup ( first, how freaking delicious does this sound?!?) added coconut milk.

I die. And also, because I want to be hip and happening like them when I grow up .. I used both soups as inspiration aka, I totally copied their ideas and then threw in some LTSL love.

Roasted Butternut Beer Nut Soup 

INGREDIENTS

1 large butternut squash, sliced in half lengthways

1 onion cut into chunks

4 Cloves of garlic

3 bay leaves

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

sea salt

pepper

2 cups of water

2 Cup of Beer Nuts

2 1/2 cups pumpkin ale

1 teaspoon Cinnamon Spice

1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

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Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Toss squash, onion, garlic, bay leaves, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread in single layer on rimmed baking sheet. Roast with skin size up for  60 minutes.

While roasting, combine water and beer nuts in blender. Blend for 1 minuet to create a smooth paste.

Remove bay leaf from roasted vegetable and allow to cool slightly ( 10 minutes)

Add cooled roasted vegetables and blend until desired consistency ( you may need to add some water if you prefer a thinner soup – I ended up adding about a cup of water).

Pour into large pot, and reheat over medium.

Add cinnamon, paprika, clove and pumpkin ale.

Heat thoroughly and serve.

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…. Welcome to a mish-mosh of thanksgiving and Sunday football!!

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

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