Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pecan Pie Bars

Alright, lets be honest...I have not forgotten about my little blog.  Somewhere between church obligations, traveling, too much time spent in the car going from here to there, making food, and holiday shopping, my blogging has been put on the back-burner.  But I have not given up!  

I was in charge of some dessert for my husband's Thanksgiving potluck at work a few weeks ago, and thought these bars would go a bit further than a pie.  The shortbread crust was yummy, and the topping was just as to be expected...gooey and nutty, just like I like it :)  They were all gobbled up, and that's usually a good indicator to me how good a recipe is.  Enjoy!

Pecan Pie Bars

For crust:
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt

For topping:
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 cups chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a 9x13-inch pan with foil, leaving enough for a 2-inch overhang on all sides.

First make the crust by creaming together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add in the flour and salt and mix until crumbly.

Press the crust into the foil-lined pan and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

While the crust bakes, prepare the filling by combining the butter, brown sugar, honey and heavy cream in a saucepan and stirring it over medium heat. Simmer the mixture for 1 minute, then stir in the chopped pecans.

Remove the crust from the oven and immediately pour the pecan filling over the hot crust spreading it to cover the entire surface.

Return the pan to the oven and bake an additional 20 minutes.

Remove the pan and allow the bars to fully cool in the pan.

Use the foil overhang to lift out the bars and transfer them to a cutting board. Peel off the foil, slice into bars and serve.

Recipe Source:  Just A Taste

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