PECAN BARS

 

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Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 1/4 pounds unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Topping:
  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 1 cup good honey
  • 3 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 pounds pecans, coarsely chopped

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • For the crust, beat the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, until light, approximately 3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix well.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the batter with the mixer on low speed until just combined.
  • Press the dough evenly into an ungreased 18 by 12 by 1-inch baking sheet, making an edge around the outside.
  • It will be very sticky; sprinkle the dough and your hands lightly with flour.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust is set but not browned.
  • Allow to cool.
  • For the topping, combine the butter, honey, brown sugar, and zests in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  • Cook over low heat until the butter is melted, using a wooden spoon to stir.
  • Raise the heat and boil for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in the heavy cream and pecans.
  • Pour over the crust, trying not to get the filling between the crust and the pan.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the filling is set.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold. Cut into bars and serve.

Notes

I got this recipe off of Foodtv by Ina Garten "Barefoot Contessa".

I've made them twice and I love them. Beware! it has a lot of butter.....I could feel my waste expanding as I prepare to make them LOL. Trust me they are worth the treat. WOW!!!! A suggestion - half the recipe unless you need to make a large amount. They are fine without the chocolate too.

Categories: Bar 

Author Credit: Ina Garten

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