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Pecan Bars

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Pecan Pie, Pecan Cookies, Pecan Syrup and of corse pralines. Is there a more Southern dessert than one with pecans. I don’t think so.

I took a classic pecan pie and turned it to a hand-held party friendly dessert. These are decadent, rich and just plain delicious.

A disclaimer – due to the sheer amount of butter in this recipe, one should not worry about the calories they are consuming. These are far from diet friendly but they make up for it in being totally mouth-watering.

 

Lets Live Yall Pecan Bars Ingredients

Ingredients: butter (9 sticks!), flour, sugar, brown sugar, heavy cream, honey, salt, baking powder, vanilla, eggs, a lemon, an orange and pecans.

 

No picture for the making of the crust. I was making these at 10 at night and my mind was not with me.
Preheat your oven to 350. Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and the vanilla, mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the batter until just combined. Press the dough evenly into an ungreased 18″ by 12″ by 1-inch baking sheet, making an edge around the outside. You want there to be an edge to hold all of the pecan gooeyness. 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.

 

Lets Live Yall Pecan Bars caramel

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. Be carefully, you do not want this to splash on your!
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 and set. Cut into bars and serve.

 

Lets Live Yall Peca Bars Finished

 

I’ve dipped them in bittersweet chocolate before or served them with whipped cream. They are good all by their lonesome though!

 

Heres the full recipe:

Pecan Bars

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 sugar in a mixing bowl 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 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 and set. Cut into bars and serve.

 

Enjoy!

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