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Nov 18, 2010 07:07 AM

Pumpkin dessert for 14 at T-Day?

I have a great pumpkin chiffon pie recipe that I usually do for T-day, but it definitely won't feed our 14 guests this year...and so I want to make a pumpkin dessert that everyone can try.

I was thinking of pumpkin bars that could be made ahead of time, sort of like pumpkin pie but with a firmer, more bar-like consistency and maybe a nice nutty streusal topping. All of my searches for "pumpkin bars" have brought up either pumpkin bread or pumpkin cheesecake bars, which I don't want.

Any recipe ideas that aren't for quick breads? Or ideas on how I could transform a pumpkin pie base into something a bit denser to be cut into bars?

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  1. Williams-Sonoma has a pumpkin bar recipe that uses their pumpkin butter.

    On the other hand, we do a pumpkin roll which we like better than pumpkin pie, and my sister has been known to freeze it ahead of time with no ill effects.

    1. From "The Nantucket Holiday Table" by Susan Simon and Jeffrey Allen

      1. Why can't you slice it into 14/16 even pieces? Or make two pies?

        If I only had one pie plate, I would make the great pie I usually do and make sure everyone got a tiny slice and then also make some other dessert/cookies to go with coffee.

        I'd rather have a taste of something great than a hunk of something you've never made before.

        1. Paula Deen has a recipe for Pumpkin Gooey Butter Bars that gets RAVES - I haven't tried it myself, but I know it was suggested on another pumpkin thread on this board and seconded many times. I wanted to make it but there's no way we could eat it all - it makes a ton!

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          1. re: biondanonima

            I've tried this and it is delicious and would feed a crowd. It does use a cake mix which is not some people's "thing".

          2. The current issue of Everyday Food has a recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Tiramisu that looks delicious (I'm making it myself). I think it serves 8, but you can easily double the recipe.

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            1. re: ttoommyy

              Pumpkin Tiramisu! I'm definitely trying this out this weekend for a "test run" before Thanksgiving.