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Pecan Pumpkin Crunch Bars with Bourbon Whipped Cream

by on November 21, 2012

Okay we all know ’em.  Those Pampered Chefs that come to your house, cook and sell you tools for great meals…well Brian Doughty came by the Luscious Literaries and left us a treat.  Plus who doesn’t need a little Bourbon with their holiday meals. Happy Thanksgiving all you Luscious readers.

 

Pecan Pumpkin Crunch Bars
Ingredients
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for baking dish
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pie mix)
1 cup heavy cream
4 large eggs

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
1 tablespoon bourbon, optional
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1/8 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 cups roughly chopped pecans
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Bourbon Whipped Cream, recipe follows
Ice cream, optional
Directions
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with butter and set aside.

Combine the pumpkin, cream, eggs, sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, bourbon, if using, ginger, nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Whisk until evenly combined and pour into the prepared baking dish.

Cut the butter into small pieces and add to a medium bowl. Stir in the pecans, flour, and the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon salt and mix until it holds together somewhat but still crumbles. Scatter the topping over the pumpkin mixture and bake until the edges are puffed and the filling is set in the center, about 55 to 60 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool to room temperature. Serve with the Bourbon Whipped Cream and/or ice cream.

Bourbon Whipped Cream:

1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon bourbon
Add the heavy cream to a medium bowl. Beat the cream with a hand-held mixer until thick and frothy. Add the sugar and bourbon and beat until medium peaks form.

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