Pumpkin Currant Bars Recipe

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Use dried fruit of your choice: e.g., dates, raisins, currants, or cranberries.
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup currants (or your choice of dried fruit)
  • 1/2 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter or shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs (not beaten)
  • optional garnish: powdered sugar
Container: 8-inch square baking dish
Directions
PREP
15 mins
COOK
30 mins
READY IN
45 mins
  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Spray baking dish with vegetable cooking spray. Combine currants, nuts and 2 tablespoons of flour in a small bowl, set aside. Sift together ½ cup flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spice in another small bowl.
  • In a 2 quart pan, over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar and remove from heat. Stir in pumpkin, vanilla and add eggs one at a time. Stir after adding each egg. Beat well.
  • Add the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in currants and nut mixture. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes. When cool, cut into bars. Garnish with a sprinkling of powdered sugar, if desired.
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