Not working on Sundays has a lot of ancillary benefits.
Sleeping late is the easy one. Not DVR’ing football games is another one- although kids’ sports schedules usually makes that a moot point. But maybe the tastiest benefit is that I have time to do some cooking.
With yesterday being Hoshana Rabah, there was no work for me, and fall was in full effect, replete with a gusty wind, running with long sleeves, and a bye week for the Patriots.
Even though I had made pumpkin pancakes for breakfast on Saturday and pumpkin bread for Saturday dinner to pair with butternut squash soup, I still had a pumpkiny itch that needed scratching. With the hopes of carving out some new culinary territory, I opened another can of pumpkin, added some easy ingredients, and voila, butter-less and chocolate-less pumpkin
brownies bars? treats emerged.
Prep time is five minutes MAYBE. No excuses. Enjoy.
1 can pumpkin
½ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla
3 ½ cups flour
2 cups applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350
- Add dry ingredients and mix well
- In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients and pumpkin
- Combine bowls and stir vigorously
- Pour into 8×8 lightly greased pan and smooth the surface
- Bake for 35-40 minutes
The insides will stay moist, but you don’t want them sticky, so keep checking them after a half hour to make sure you don’t under- or overdo it.
If you do it right, they’re going to have a nice, chewy consistency with a delicious autumnal taste. You can certainly add (or subtract) sugar to adjust the taste to your liking, or add ¼ cup of oatmeal to give them some extra texture.