Apologies for dropping off the face of the planet, but as my pregnancy winds down, I find it harder and harder to get through the day with a toddler, let alone baking/cooking for leisure and then blogging about it. But, thanks to my third trimester insomnia, I finally got around to this recipe sometime between my ill timed naps and my daughter’s night wakings.
The other day I re-watched Ina making her decadent pecan squares and decided it was high time I give it a try. Though there was no way I was going to expend 9 bars of butter in a single recipe. I don’t care how carefully she’s tweaked a recipe, I have a hard enough time getting rid of whole batches of baked goods without making enough for a traveling circus. The only challenge in halving the recipe are the 3 extra large eggs. Since I only have large, I settled for 2 large eggs.
I also copped out on the topping. Getting to that last step was an achievement in and of itself. I wasn’t about to scour the fridge for a lemon or run to the store for an orange…so I left the zest out. Somehow though, with all of that butter, sugar and cream, it still tasted fantastic.
- 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/8 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- dash salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup good honey
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tbsps heavy cream
- 1 pound pecans, coarsely chopped
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 9 by 13 baking dish (make sure the sides are at least 2inches high). Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust is set but not browned. Allow to cool.
For the topping, combine the butter, honey, and brown sugar 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. 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.
I melted some chocolate chips over a double boiler and added enough heavy cream to make it drizzle-able. Slathered that over the bars and sealed. the. deal.