Tuesday, November 25, 2008

TWD: Thanksgiving Twofer Bars


Mmm... fall, the time of pumpkins, spices, nuts, and all things wonderfully caloric. I feel bad for those in the southern hemisphere who have to watch the state of their bikini bodies around this time of year. I'll just snuggle into some sweatpants and a sweatshirt with no one the wiser to the amount of pie I've eaten. And thanks to Vibi of La Casserole Carree, I even got to combine my favorite fall ingredients - pumpkin, pecans, and cinnamon!


I did mess with the recipe (again! I know, I'm sorry) and made it bar-style. I was inspired by Jude's Pumpkin Pave, a "spiced pumpkin filling on streusel." In fact, I tweaked his streusel to include finely chopped pecans instead of ground pumpkin seeds and used that as the base for my twofer. I mean, now I get to add in another of my loves - crunchy streusel - and get rid of that finicky all-butter pie crust Dorie so loves. I'll be making pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas anyway, and wanted something that I could leave with the boyfriend for his weekly treat. While he'll mainline pumpkin pie, I figured I'd be making a lot of them, so he got to be my guinea pig on this recipe :)

A couple notes - I baked this in an 11x7 "brownie" pan, 100% due to the fact that the grocery store I went to didn't stock 8x8 or 9x9 pans. Seriously people, 5 different sizes of baking sheet but no square pans?!? What's the world coming to? Also, when I was assembling, I realized how anal I am when it comes to baking. Did anyone else very carefully sprinkle their pecans so there would be no gaps? I actually used a bit more pecans just to cover up the accidental bare spots. Oy. Baking time was identical though - 10 min at 475 and 40 at 350.


In the end, how can you go wrong? Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, pecan streusel, and a dollop of whipped cream (not shown because... well, I'm impatient :) ). Excuse me while I wander back to the kitchen for another piece singing "these are a few of my favorite things..."

Last Week: Coconut Cherry Rice Pudding
Next Week: Linzer Sables

66 comments:

Judy said...

Bars are a great idea! I'll be making my pie on Wednesday.

Cristine said...

Okay, so I was skipping this recipe until December, but now your bars have me second guessing... Hmmm... maybe Twofer bars are in my future! Great job - very creative!

Cakelaw said...

I love these bars! They are such a lovely deep orange colour, and with pecan streusel topping, they'd be a smash hit at my place.

crumblycookie said...

Wow, those came out really well. My pie looks like a mess, but your layers are so distinct. I love the idea of baking these in bars instead of a whole pie.

vibi said...

Well, If it were just me, you could mess all you wanted with all the recipes as you did an amazing job with this one (once again!).
Thank you so much, Caitlin, for participating with me this week ...the squares (bars) look absolutely fabulous!

Sabrina said...

I didn't make the pie this week... not a big fan. But your bars look so good! I would eat those!

Laura said...

Brilliant idea! And they look so good too! Since I ended up giving my pies away, I think I'm going to have to try making this recipe your way :-)

Amy said...

Wow! What a great idea! Maybe I'll try this instead of the actual pie for thursday... hmmm...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Steph said...

I was trying to cut mine into cirlces are I baked it in my pie pan, I never though of bars :) DUH!! Hey I love the new web page design!!!

rainbowbrown said...

Ooh, ooh... Nice idea. I'll bet it was mighty tasty.

chocolatechic said...

Brilliant idea.

They look fabulous!

Melissa said...

What a great idea! They look so yummy. Happy Thanksgiving!

likesprinkles said...

Oh yum that was a great idea! They look delicious. I can't wait until Thursday when I finally get to make mine.

farah said...

Lol, as you can see i figured out how to get onto your blog :)

Your Twofer Pie looks fantastic and very scrumptious as a bar! Looks like a very expensive dessert from a restaurant.

Good job!

Di said...

The bars are a fabulous idea! They look delicious.

spike. said...

I like the bars, looks like the cut neater than my pie did!

Jessica Eiden Smedley said...

I think baking these as bars is a fabulous idea! Great job and bring on the sweat pants!

pinkstripes said...

Your bars look great. I love how the layers stayed separate.

dinneranddessert said...

I love your take on the recipe! It looks so delicious!

Peggy said...

I love the "bar" idea. You are always so creative. I can't wait to make this pie because I love pecans and pumpkin! Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving and many blessings to you.

natalia said...

Wow ! This really looks great ! I went to get more and more too but I should start wearing weights around my ankles not to gain too much weight !!

Amy said...

Mmm, these look GREAT! I haven't made mine yet - I'll make it tomorrow, probably. I'm super excited, though! Great idea making it into bars...yum! Happy Thanksgiving!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Bars are great! Square is the new trend, I think!

Jess said...

What a great idea...I think I like this better than the pie! Oh well, I will soldier on with the pie for Thursday. Nice job!

Audrey said...

I think this was a great idea! I'm not a big pie person, but I would love to taste these (I'd probably snitch two.) Happy Thanksgiving!

Gabe's Girl said...

I love the bars idea! How wonderfully creative of you.

Tammy said...

That looks so yummy! great idea!!

Linda said...

What a great sounding recipe. I might just have to add this to the Christmas cookie platter!

Kayte said...

Seriously giving this recipe a run for its money by baking them in bars as you described...wow. They look really wonderful. Really. Wonderful. Great idea...thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving!

Madam Chow said...

Brilliant idea, I say, brilliant!

Carol Peterman said...

I want a bite of that! I love the transformation into bars, much easier to serve to a group.

Isabelle said...

les grandes idées se rencontrent caitlin :)
c'est superbe !

Rachel said...

You made bars?! How clever!
They look amazing. :D
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TeaLady said...

OOHH!! Lovely 2/4er bars. Fantastic idea. Will have to add to my 'to do - someday' list. THanks for the idea.

Mary Ann said...

This actually sounds better to me than the original recipe. I haven't made mine yet, but I am thinking I am not going to use the crust. Love the idea of struesel in this too. It looks like something I would devour!

Heather B said...

Great idea to make them bars! They look even more delicious!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

The Twofer Squares are just darling. I am always impressed at how you get the proportions just right in your baking.

Pamela said...

They look stunning. I am excited about trying this one out this weekend. Hope it looks half as good as yours. Happy Thanksgiving.

Natashya said...

I love that you made bars. You are so creative!

kim said...

your bars look delicious!! awesome idea :) you are definitely not the only one trying to get the topping even. hey... it's a model, it has to look good :)

The Food Librarian said...

Very very cleaver! (as you always are!!!) I'm making mine tonight - wish me luck! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.

chris said...

I will have to make this in bar form for our holiday parties at the school in a couple of weeks.

jillbert said...

These look so good! Great idea to make them into bars and not deal with the pie crust.

Mara said...

oooh bars are a fabulous idea...! i love your creativity.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

OMG--that made an amazing bar! i totally want one, even though i just downed a slice of my pie. happy thansgiving!!

Jaime said...

love how you made it into bars! happy thanksgiving

love the new look of your blog

Kimberly Johnson said...

Making these into bars was a great idea! They look perfectly awesome!

doriegreenspan said...

Bars -- now there's a great idea and, of course, I love that you arranged the pecans so that there weren't any bare spots :)

Karen said...

i like the changes you made. i haven't made mine yet, i'm putting it off because i don't like making pie crust. :) hope you had a great thanksgiving!

Jules Someone said...

Those look lovely! Nice work. I'm with you on the spacing thing. I would have done the same thing.

n.o.e said...

Oh, your bars look great. How creative! I'm with your boyfriend, mainlining the pumpkin pie is my thing...
Nancy

Marie said...

Oh Wow!!! I LOVE LOVE the idea of turning this into bars!!! Yours look fabulous!!! Well done you!!!

Katrina said...

Ooh, I like the idea of doing the pie in bars. That last picture looks delicious!

CB said...

Bars! Awesome idea. I am with you on the anal pecan placement. I had to restrain myself b/c I didn't have alot of pecans left. HAHA. You know? I don't think I've really ever eaten "streusel" before. Might have to add that to my baking bucket list huh? ;)
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Mary said...

Bars are a great idea...I am definitely going to try that next time. Very cool.

Carla said...

Whoa, I wish I made bars instead of pie. Great idea! As for my pie falling apart, I took my picture after it was refrigerated for a bit. I think my pie was too warm when I first cut it.

Leslie said...

I love all of your tweaks, especially making them as bars-brilliant!

confectiona said...

Wow -- those look great. They seem much more solid than my pie. And yes, I arranged the pecans ever so carefully!

Debbie said...

Your bars look yummy!

happytummy said...

your bars are genius! i had a hard time cutting my pie into slices--what a great idea to cut them into bars instead. i'm sure that would have been much easier. you did a great job :)

Rigby said...

I love the pumpkin bar idea! I may have to try that!

Linda said...

Wow - those bars look fantastic, with those beautiful layers! I like the bar adaptation...much better than in the traditional pie form.

Jo said...

Making pie crusts make me break out in hives so I avoid as much as possible. I LOVE pies but because of my pie crust making phobia, I do not bake pies as much as I would like - maybe once every decade. Really. No lie.

But no more. Thanks for the idea! :-)

Rhiani said...

I love the idea of the bars, definitely a different twist - especially with that streusel base.

I too felt the need to completely cover the pumpkin surface with pecans before pouring the pecan pie filling over them, I wouldn't necessarily call that anal, just thorough! :)

April said...

Brilliant, as usual. Those look delicious!

Amber Marie said...

I love that you made these as bars! I may have to try it again this way :)