Orange-Spice Pumpkin Bars with Browned Butter Frosting
Browned butter has a nutty aroma. Carefully watch browning butter and remove the pan from the heat as soon as the butter begins to brown. Heated butter in a hot pan continues to darken as it cools. Do not use margarine in this recipe; margarine is made from vegetable oil and does not brown.
- bars 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 2 teaspoons grated orange peel 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- frosting 1/3 cup butter (do not use margarine) 2 cups powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 to 4 tablespoons milk
2. In large bowl, beat bar ingredients with electric mixer on low speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until moistened. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Spread batter evenly in pan.
3. Bake 23 to 27 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
4. In 2-quart saucepan, heat butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until light golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk until smooth and spreadable. Immediately spread frosting over cooled bars. Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until set. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows. If desired, garnish each bar with orange peel strip.