Hi everyone! It's been too hot these days in southern California to be cranking up the oven. But, since I decided to go on a diet tomorrow (I gained wayyy too much weight in Korea), I decided to give myself a last treat. Actually, my diet was supposed to start on Monday, but since I took out one of my wisdom teeth, I made myself an excuse to eat ice cream...at night (utter failure)! So I decided that I would start my diet today, but I failed again...well, this time it was because my wisdom teeth area was in a lot of pain. I actually had to do surgery to remove my wisdom teeth since it was laying down sideways. It was a relatively quick process this time - probably about 15 minutes - unlike last time which took over 45 minutes. Still, I was in a lot of pain. Anyways, I decided to go ahead and treat myself with this Pecan Pie Bar. I LOVE pecan pie and thought it was just necessary to try these out! Hope you guys enjoy them too! :D
Pecan Pie Bars
Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens
1 1/4 cups AP flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (cold)
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 jellyroll pan with aluminum foil.
Combine flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut the cold butter into cubes and add to flour mixture.
Toss and use a pastry blender to cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles crumbs the size of peas.
Pour mixture into prepared pan and press into a smooth crust. Poke several holes in the crust with tines of a fork. Bake about 18-20 minutes until light golden brown.
Chop up your pecans into small pieces.
In a large bowl, beat eggs and add sugar, corn syrup, butter, salt, and vanilla. Whisk together until smooth.
Add in the chopped pecans.
Incorporate the pecans into the wet mixture.
Pour filling into the pre-baked crust. Return to oven to bake for about 20 minutes until filling is set.
Cool on a wire rack until completely cool.
Use foil to lift bars out of pan and cut into squares.
Pecan pie bars are done! Happy baking everyone! :D