Reader and long-lost commentator Hans checks in with this comment on pumpkin-caramel bars:
Ok, so what’s so cool about bars? Getting pie crust into a rectangular dish is like a round peg in a square hole. What’s so wrong with caramel pumpkin pie? (They were delicious by the way, but I’m never doing it in bars again. I’ll stick with nice round pies.)
Break out of the round pie mindset, brother, and embrace the new! Actually, I guess I’m just so enamored with the filling, the crust only gets in the way for me. The filling quantity I provided will make a nice, extra-deep pie if you wish to treat the filling the way “The Man” would prefer you do. Use the smaller of the two crust quantities.