Tuesday, November 11

Pecan Pie Bars


If you are looking for a simple way to say "Thanks!" this recipe would be a great place to start.

In two weeks we will be celebrating Thanksgiving of which Pecan Pie is obviously a holiday staple for many families.  Feeling inspired by the season and upcoming gift-giving,  I tried to think of how I might turn this recipe tradition into something that could easily be dropped off and enjoyed by friends, co-workers, and family. These bars are plenty gooey, sweet, and nutty - just like your favorite Pecan Pie. Enjoy!

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 1/4 cups milk
4 eggs, separated
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 tbsp water
1 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
Caramel sauce (optional)

Grease an 8 x 8 pan with butter and sprinkle the bottom of the pan with 1 /2 cup of chopped pecans. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Melt the butter and set aside. Combine the milk and corn syrup in a bowl. Heat in the microwave or on the stove until lukewarm. Stir to dissolve the corn syrup.

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, add the egg yolks to the brown sugar and whisk until light in color, about two minutes. Add vanilla and stir.

Add the water and melted butter to the brown sugar mixture and whisk again. Add the flour and mix until smooth. Then whisk the milk and vanilla extract mixture into the batter.

Incorporate the egg whites gradually, slowly using your whisk to combine them into the batter. If some egg whites are still visible that's okay.

Pour into the prepared pan and sprinkle the rest of the pecans over the surface of the cake. Place in the oven for about 50 minutes. Let cool before cutting into squares and drizzling with caramel sauce.  

Recipe adapted from the Foodness Gracious Blog