Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Pumpkin Bars

It's no secret that I love pumpkin. From a young age, pumpkin pie was a huge favorite of mine. I was told that I even ate a whole pumpkin pie by myself at the age of 5! When I tried these bars about 10 years ago, I couldn't believe something so delicious had existed that I didn't know about, so I got the recipe and am sharing it with you. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Bars
2 cups GF Coconut Flour Mix or other GF Flour mix that contains xanthan gum
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 can pumpkin (15oz)

Mix eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Add other ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees in a greased, 13x9 inch pan for 30-35 minutes or until done.

Icing: 3 ½ cups powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp milk, 3oz cream cheese, and ¾ stick butter (softened). Mix and frost when bars are cooled.

GF Coconut Flour Mix

This is a great flour mix for sweets. I especially like it in the GF Pumpkin Bars that I make. I did not that it didn't work as well in making breadmaker bread, so keep that in mind. I ground my own rice and oats and then added the coconut flour and tapioca starch that I bought on I found this recipe on Pinterest here.

GF Coconut Flour Mix
1 cup white rice flour
1 cup oat flour
1 cup coconut flour
1 cup tapioca starch/flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

Mix together and store in an airtight container.

Brown Rice GF Flour Mix

I call this the brown rice GF flour mix because it showcases brown rice. I grind most of my grains in a grain grinder and I buy my brown rice on I found this recipe on Pinterest here.

Brown Rice GF Flour Mix
5 cups brown rice flour
2 1/2 cups tapioca starch/flour
1 1/4 cups potato starch
1 1/2 tbsp xanthan gum

Mix together and store in an airtight container. Thus far, I have used this recipe to make Favorite GF Breadmaker Recipe and Fabulous GF Pizza Dough.

Breadmaker Recipe

This is my favorite of the breadmaker recipes I have tried thus far. I think you will agree. I have used various flour mixes in it and they have ALL turned out nicely. Although, my favorite flour to use, thus far, is the Best Results Flour Recipe. For whatever reason, and maybe this is just how GF flour bakes, the loaf tends to collapse a little when cooling. I am not sure why...but this is the best recipe I have found, so I won't be picky! Enjoy!

Breadmaker Recipe
2 cups milk
1/4 cup oil
3 large eggs
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp xanthan gum (omit if your flour contains already)
3 cups Best Results Flour Recipe
2 1/4 tsp dry yeast

Add wet ingredients to bread maker. Add dry on top. Set to bake for a 2-3 cup loaf with a medium crust. When I baked this on a light crust setting, it wasn't completely done. I would recommend a regular baking - not quick - and on medium or dark crust setting.