South of where we live there is an Amish community. Periodically I go and visit their shops. They have a great General Store, Dry Goods place, and of course bakeries. In the last five years or so the thing they have started opening is “bent and dent” stores. It’s a store for primarily groceries. All of the things in the store were gotten via over stock or damaged products-meaning there is a dent in the can. Dented cans don’t bother me. Occasionally there are things that are past their “sell by” date. I don’t buy those things but a can with a dent for half the price of town products is okay with me.
On the last time I visited, there was LOTS of cans of pumpkin. The cans in this case weren’t even dented. I’m guessing the company made lots hoping to sell them around Thanksgiving time then realized they made too many cans. The dates were all good on them so I bought several cans. I make some good pumpkin bread and a good pumpkin roll. This day although I wanted to make a pumpkin roll I wanted something faster and less messy. I remember the wonderful pumpkin bars I have bought when I visit the Amish bakery so I grabbed an Amish cookbook and started looking for the recipe….
I found it….But would it be “the” recipe?
I was especially hopeful as it said Anna’s Bakery was the contributor of the recipe….I tried them and ended up with this…..
We tested them and indeed. It was “the” recipe. They were really good. If making them again, I would increase the amount of frosting I make by another half batch. As is the frosting wasn’t quite as good at covering the bars as I wished it would have been.
As for taste….PERFECT! This is a really good recipe.
I have several more cans of pumpkin in the cupboard so you can be sure I’ll be making these again.