Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Simple Cake Mix Pumpkin Bar

I was planning to post the English biscuit cake recipe this week, however I have a few recipe requests for the pumpkin bar pic I posted on Facebook. It is a very simple recipe. You will need a box of yellow cake mix, a jar of pumpkin butter, some butter, eggs and a little bit flour and sugar. The most troublesome part was to have 2-3 bowls ready to prepare the layers, otherwise it's quite simple. I got this recipe a few year ago at the William Sonoma Store at Mall of America. They were doing a tasting of a new brand of pumpkin butter. I ended up making this every fall, the house smells so good while it is baking. This is a perfect fall treat!

This is not a traditional pumpkin bar. There is a soft cookie like layer on the bottom, the filling resemble pumpkin pie with a strudel topping. I use this recipe in the summer too. I can easily replace the pumpkin butter with mango butter. Fold in 1/4 cup of shredded coconut with the topping. You now have a tropical mango bar! Have fun and experiment! The house smells so good while it is baking in the oven! 

Simple Strudel Pumpkin Bar
A box of yellow cake mix
1 jar Pumpkin butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
3 eggs
1/8 cup milk
1/2 stick (4 oz) softened butter
1 tbsp flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray or grease a 13"x9" baking pan. Set aside
Remove 1 cup of cake mix and place in a small top to make a strudel topping later
  Pour the reminding cake mix into a large bowl, add 1 egg
 Slowly add in 1/2 cup melted butter. Mix well
 The mix will be crumby. Pour the mix into the prepared pan
 Press the mixture tightly into an even layer
 In the same bowl, combine pumpkin butter, 2 eggs and 1/8 cup of milk
 Whisk well, set aside
 To make the strudel, combine the reserved 1 cup cake mix, with flour, sugar and cinnamon
 Cut in 1/2 stick of the soften butter
You can use a pastry fork to combine the ingredient to resemble crumbs.
 Pour the pumpkin mix on top of the cake mix layer, even out the filling.
 Sprinkle the strudel topping evenly on top of the filling.
 Bake for 35-40 min until golden brown
 Remove from oven and let the bar cool for about 10-15 mins, cut into square and serve

Make 12-16 very generous serving


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