When I had my bakery I did have my favorite items… there were not many, but there were definitely a few that, if I could eat sweets every day, I would bake for myself. These bars were one of them.
I honestly don’t even remember where I got the recipe. I do remember doing some research and trying to find a recipe for a pumpkin dessert that would combine the typical fall flavors of pumpkin and spices, and a hint of liquor. I know I combined a couple of recipes and settled on this final version. The result is a luscious gluten-free caramel pumpkin bar, so beautiful to look at and so complex to taste: a buttery crust, a hint of smoke from the caramel, the richness of the heavy cream and eggs, the silkiness of the pumpkin, the perfectly balanced bouquet of vanilla, ginger, cinnamon and allspice, and finally the subtle kick of rum. This dessert is an unforgettable experience.