Saturday, May 16, 2009

Pumpkin Scones, Pumpkin Cheesecake Spice Bars and Pumpkin Banana Bread

On Mother's Day, I decided to make scones for the first time.  They were some Pumpkin Pecan Butterscotch Scones that Anna, from Cookie Madness made a few weeks back that I thought looked and sounded really good.  So I opened a giant can of pumpkin and made them.   Instead of making 6 big scones, I made 12 smaller ones.  They were good.

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I made half of them with butterscotch chips and half with mini chocolate chips.  I sprinkled them with some turbinado sugar before baking them.

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This recipe only used 1/2 cup of the giant can of pumpkin I opened.  Needless to say, I've used a lot of pumpkin during this past week.

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I made 8 mini loaves of Pumpkin Banana Nut Bread from the Very Best Baking site.  (It's the Libby Pumpkin recipe.)  I always have overripe bananas, so this was a great way to use the pumpkin and bananas.  Good stuff.  Instead of 4 cups of all purpose flour, I used 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour and 2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour.  I also used 2 eggs and 1/3 cup Egg Beater Egg Whites instead of 4 eggs.  The bread was great, I gave most of them away.

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I also made some pumpkin pancakes that we had for breakfast-for-dinner a couple nights ago.  No photos.

BUT the star of this pumpkin show would have to be THESE Pumpkin Cheesecake Spice Bars--also found on my cookie pal, Anna's blog. 

These were GREAT.  I took them to share with my friends on Thursday night as we watched Survivor again.

Love the crumbly bottom and crumbly, nutty top.  I added some extra chopped pecans to the leftover crumb mixture for the top. 

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Still good on day three.  I think I'm good on pumpkin things for a while!  ;)

21 comments:

Megan said...

Although everything looks delicious, the pumpkin cheesecake bars got me. And to make matters worse, I've got canned pumpkin in the pantry AND cream cheese in the fridge.

This is not good.

Amanda said...

Holy pumpkin batman! :) Love all the recipes. Its so funny, I made Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin cookies last week and still haven't blogged about them, and I have seen several other pumpkin posts this past week or so.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Wow they all look so delicious. Wish I knew how they tasted. You wont believe this, but I dont even know what pumpkin tastes like :O

noble pig said...

Wow, you have been busy. Those spice bars look awesome, well all of it does. i am always up for pumpkin anything.

bakingblonde said...

Seriously, your post just made me salivate!
I love pumpkin and your recipes sound perfect to satisfy my cravings!

Nutrition Momma said...

Wow! Everytime I look at your site I wish I enjoyed baking more. YUMMY I really want some of the bread and the cheescake bars. I love pumpkin cookies so I am sure I would like all those desserts. I am making Curry chicken today. To my sons sadness I tend to cook more savory than sweet things. Though I did make lemon poppyseed muffins last week that turned out great. When Dillon sees your blog, he wishes that you were his mom.

Fabjena(TheBestRecipes) said...

So amazing! Pumpkin is a verry popular thing here in Latvia, but I have never tried something like that! :))

Elyse said...

Wow, Katrina! You are loading us up with wonderful sweets. I'm so glad you decided to try scones. I love 'em!! Those look delicious--I'd love both types, for sure. And, man, you made a ton of banana bread; surely, there'd be enough for me to have a couple of slices (read: whole loaves)? And your pumpkin cheesecake bars sound fantastic!!! Pumpkin/pumpkin spices are some of my favorites, and I bet it was just fabulously creamy and delicious! Great job

Pamela said...

Well, now that's using your pumpkin! :o) Those cheesecake bars look SO GOOD!!

Cathy said...

You've been a busy baker! I LOVE pumpkin everything, and you've covered a lot of it here! Suffice it to say that I am bookmarking your post. It all looks great!

Leslie said...

Holy cow..you have been on a pumpkin kick! YUM

pinkstripes said...

You must have been in a pumpkin state of mind. They all look wonderful.

Maria said...

I love pumpkin anytime of the year. THe scones look wonderful!!

biz319 said...

I never think of pumpkin in the spring and summer, only fall and winter!

I love scones - I may have to pull out my can of pumpkin this week!

Eliana said...

Hmmmmm - I think the bars are my fav. I will have to keep these recipes on hand come Thanksgiving.

Shanbanan said...

I'm a total nut for punkin recipes. I know most people do this type of thing in the fall, but I'd do it once a month if I could find more people to share with who enjoy it like I do.

I want to make a plug for using white choc chips instead of regular semi-sweet. Something about the bittersweetness of the regular choc turns me off, but the sweet sweetness of the white is really enhanced by the pumpkin. Don't know what it is since I don't particulary love white choc w/ anything else. But in pumpkin...mmmmmm-mmmmmm!

Becky said...

I love pumpkin anything. I was looking at a spa package and was almost suckered into an impractical one just because it had pumpkin in the mask(not like I could eat it or anything!)

Anyway, those pumpkin scones are sure to be a favorite, oh heck all of it will be!

Cate O'Malley said...

The cheesecake bars look awesome!

Mermaid Sweets said...

Oh man, i love me some pumpkin, sadly the one I can't eat looks the best, cheesecake bars.

basicallybaked said...

I love it! When you bake, you really bake!!
Everything looks yummy, but the pumpkin cheesecake bars look especially good.

Risa said...

I love everything pumpkin! Every item looks incredible. I have yet to make pumpkin scones so they are now on my list.