Pecan Squares Recipe

Pecan Squares Recipe Recipe

Maple syrup is a staple breakfast item in our pantry. We usually use it as is to drizzle over pancakes and waffles, but since we had extra pecans for Thanksgiving, the girls and I prepared pecan squares flavored with our favorite syrup.

The topping is made of a mixture of maple syrup, of course, orange zest, brown sugar and loads of pecans. I usually bake these squares during the Christmas season.  

Pecan Bars Recipe with Picture

 

Ingredients

Yields: 6 servings

10 ounces sweet crust dough (see tips)
3 eggs, at room temperature
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
zest of 1 orange
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
5 tablespoons brown sugar
2/3 cup maple syrup
¼ cup dark molasses
2 cups halved pecans

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

For the pie crust: Place the dough in a (6-½" x 8-½") non-stick rectangular brownie pan lined with parchment paper. Prick the dough with a fork. Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Line the dough with another sheet of parchment paper and top with ceramic pie weights (or dried beans). Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake for 10-11 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature. Remove the pie weights. Set aside.

For the pecan filling: Using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs with granulated sugar until you get a pale yellow foam. Add the orange zest and salt. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan. Add butter, brown sugar, the molasses and maple syrup. Cook over medium-low heat for about 8 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened. Turn off the heat. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Assembly: Reserve ½ cup pecan halves and corasely chop the rest. Spread the coarsely chopped pecans over the pre-cooked dough. Fill the crust with the warm, thick filling. Decorate with the reserved pecans. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350°F. 

Let cool to room temperature until the filling sets.

Using a paring knife, release the parchment from the side of the baking pan and remove the paper from the bottom. Cut into squares.

Bon appétit!


Tips

You could use store-bought pie crust or make your own (I posted a video and show you how simple and easy it is to prepare).

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l6jsEpZUmw&var=0

 

If you're a chocolate addict, check out my chocolate pecan pie recipe.

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on December 2, 2014.


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