Thursday, October 13, 2011

Family Recipe Friday - Pumpkin Squares

When I pull out a recipe that a friend or family member has shared, I always think about that person and the fun times we have had. It seems an appropriate time of year to share Aunt Vilma Hill’s Pumpkin Squares recipe.  

Aunt Vilma (in pink sweater) with her loving family

Vilma Maki Hill was the daughter of Emil and Eva Nara Maki.  It wasn’t until she had passed away that we found out her real name was Wilma.  She did not like her name, and so at an early age she decided she wanted to be called Vilma. Since her sisters were Vieno and Violet, Vilma’s choice of name was accepted by family, friends and even her teachers!  Our Aunt Vilma was quite a character; she had a great sense of humor!  We miss her, but she remains close in our hearts through her wonderful recipes.

Pumpkin Squares

1 Cup four                                                                        ¾ Cup white sugar
½ Cup oats                                                                        ½ Tsp. salt
½ Cup brown sugar                                                         1 Tsp. cinnamon
½ Cup butter                                                                    ½ Tsp. ginger
2 Cup pumpkin                                                                ¼ Tsp cloves
1 – 12 oz Can evaporated milk                                       2 Eggs
½ Cup chopped walnuts                                                2 Tbsp butter
½ Cup brown sugar

Combine flour, oats, ½ cup brown sugar and ½ cup butter in a bowl. Mix until crumbly.  Pour into 13x9x2 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, ¾ cup white sugar, salt and spices. Pour into crust. Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Combine chopped walnuts, ½ cup brown sugar and 2 tbsp butter. Sprinkle over filling and bake an additional 15-20 minutes.

Note: Pumpkin Pie Spice can be substituted for spices.  Eliminate walnuts from topping if serving to those with allergies.             

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