Recipe: Pecan Pie Bars

A Pecan Pie Bar Recipe from Home Style Austin
The Taste Of Texas

The Texas Pecan.

No other nut will make a Texan stand up and sing “Deep In The Heart Of Texas” more than by the mere mention our great state’s tree: the Pecan. Click this link, if you think I’m kidding. :)

One of Texas’ most famous streets, 6th Street runs through the heart of downtown Austin into the setting sun to the west. Many folks – even locals – don’t know the history of this street’s original name: Pecan Street. Read this interesting blurb from the Pecan Street Festival‘s website:

“When Edwin Waller designed Austin’s street grid, he named north-south streets after Texas rivers and recommended numeric designations for east-west streets. Instead, they were named after trees. That decision was later reversed, and they were renamed with numbers. Though Pecan Street became Sixth Street, the festival honors its original name.”

Whether you were born here or moved here, this Pecan Pie bar recipe is a tasty Texas treat that will delight the young and young at heart!

Foodie Tips:

❤  While these “set” in the fridge, I prefer my pecan bars served at room temperature. Think soft and chewy.

❤  I amped this recipe up with the addition of Texas-made Falfurrias Brand Butter and Pecan Street Rum, which is distilled just outside Austin’s city limits, in Pflugerville. After one taste of the rum in hot chocolate I was hooked!

Ingredients:

For The Crust:
1 ¼ Sticks (10 Tablespoons)  |  Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
3 Tablespoons  |  Granulated Sugar
1 Large  |  Cage Free Egg
3/4 Teaspoon  |  Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons   All-Purpose Flour
¼ Teaspoon  |  Baking Powder
1/8 Teaspoon  |  Kosher Salt

For The Top:
1 Stick (½ Cup)  |  Unsalted Butter
¼ Cup  |  Light Corn Syrup
¼ Cup  |  Pecan Street Rum, Yee Haw! (optional)
3/4 Cup  |  Light Brown Sugar, Packed
1 Tablespoon  |  Heavy Cream
½ Pound  |  Texas Pecans, Chopped
How To Make Pecan Pie Bars

What To Do:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

2. To prepare the crust, beat the butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl with an electric mixer or KitchenAid. Gosh, I love my KitchenAid! Beat until light, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.

3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the butter batter on low speed until everything is well-combined.
How To Make Pecan Pie Bars

4. Press the dough into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ baking dish, forming an edge like you would a pie crust (see above). While forming, lightly sprinkle the dough and your hands with flour to make things easier (the dough will be a bit sticky).

5. Bake the dough for 15 minutes until it has set, but not browned. Set the crust aside to cool and head on to step 6!

6. To make the topping, combine the butter, corn syrup, rum (if using) and brown sugar in a large saucepan. Cook over low heat until the butter is melted, stirring with a wooden spoon along the way. Raise the heat and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
How To Make Pecan Pie Bars

7. Stir in the heavy cream and pecans. Pour over the crust, trying not to get the gooey topping between the crust and the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the topping has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

8. Wrap your dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold. Cut into bar-sized pieces and transfer to a serving plate.

Yield: About 9 servings. Enjoy them one by one!

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
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Pecan Pie Bars

Served Solo Or With An Ice Cream Sidekick, Pecan Bars Are Delicious!

 

Pot o’ Gold Party Mix

A Pot o Gold St Patrick's Day Recipe

For The Sweet n’ Salty Leprechaun In You

This is one of our team’s most favorite snack *AND* our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipe!

Each pot o’ gold brings your lucky tastebuds a sweet and salty taste in a super-addictive way. Serve the mix up in little hats or your own St. Paddy’s Day inspired gear. Lucky you!

Foodie Tips:

  • Honey roasted cashews? Our absolute favorite nut!
  • We have it on good word that Falfurrias brand butter is the best in these here parts of the galaxy.
  • We’re sorry you have to hand-pick the green M&Ms. If you’re a wee-bit tired, order them en masse here on Amazon.

Ingredients: 

4 Cups  |  Lucky Charms Cereal
2 Cups  |  Corn Chex Cereal
1 ½ Cups  | Mini Pretzel Twists
1 Cup  |  Honey Roasted Cashews
1 Cup  |  Dry Roasted Peanuts
½ Cup  |  Brown Sugar, Packed Well
¼ Cup  |  Falfurrias Brand Butter
2 Tablespoons  |  Corn Syrup
⅛ Teaspoon  |  Baking Soda
¼ Cup  |  Green M&M’s Candies (the chosen ones)

What To Do:

1. In a large microwaveable bowl mix together the first 5 ingredients then set the cereal mixture aside.

2. In a 2-cup microwave-friendly measuring cup, heat the brown sugar, butter and corn syrup about 2 minutes on high, stirring after 1 minute, then returning to microwave until melted and smooth.

3. Stir in baking soda into the heated brown sugar mixture until dissolved. Pour over the cereal mixture and stir until well coated.

4. Microwave the whole “she-bang” 1-2 minutes, scraping the bowl every 30 seconds, until cereal begins to brown. Let cool 5 minutes.

5. Stir in the M&M candies. Spread mixture on wax paper to cool.

6. Break the mix into bite-sized pieces and place into wee widdle individually-sized serving cups!

Enjoy!

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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