As soon as September hits it seems as if everyone goes into full Fall mode. Halloween decorations and candy are up at grocery stores, Instagrams of apple picking flood your feed, and of course, the PSL is back at Starbucks. While I am not a huge fan of this beloved drink, I am a huge fan of baking anything with pumpkin. Nothing beats making a homemade pumpkin pie with fresh pumpkin. Not only does it taste better, but you get the added fun of scooping out all the pumpkin guts and toasting the seeds for a snack. Yum!
While non-bakers might shy away from homemade pies due to the perceived difficulty, there is a recipe I recently found for Pumpkin Pie Bars that result in a yummy and simple alternative to this. You start by making a simple crust that doubles as the topping. It comes out crumbly, but once packed into the baking pan, it becomes more of a crust. The filling is simple as it includes cream cheese, pumpkin puree and some spices. Pour this on top of the crust, sprinkle on the topping, and it’s ready for the oven! It’s fast, simple and delicious!