Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pumpkin Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

I am obsessed with browned butter.  Browned butter frosting, sauces, anything.  When you brown butter, it takes on a nutty, caramel flavor that is just heavenly.  I am always trying to come up with another way to use it.  This will not be the last you see of browned butter! These pumpkin bars are very moist and have the perfect balance of spice but I'm going to be honest, they are overshadowed by this insanely good frosting.  The combination is wonderful.  These make a big pan so they are perfect for parties, potlucks, or just pigging out. =)  You gotta try these!


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
Browned Butter Frosting


Preheat oven to 350.  In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.  Add eggs, pumpkin, and oil; stir until combined.  Spread batter evenly into an ungreased 15 x 10-inch pan. 
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on a wire rack.  Spread with browned butter frosting.

Browned Butter Frosting

In a small sauce pan heat 1/3 cup butter over low heat until melted.  Continue heating until butter turns a light golden brown.  This takes around 6-8 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Pour into a mixing bowl and place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes until it just begins to solidfy.  Remove from refrigerator and add 3 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined.  Beat on medium speed until spreading consistency.  Add more milk if nescessary.

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