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.

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Pecan Pie Bars

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

 

Hatch-Chicken Mac n’ Cheese Recipe

A Hatch Chicken Mac n' Cheese Recipe by Home Style Austin
A Smokey Love Affair

This time of year when the Hatch Chili Peppers make their bountiful cameo appearance, we get weak in the knees for all things hatch. Just perusing almost 100 recipes at Central Market’s website made us break an indoor sweat for this sensationally, seasonal pepper.

With hatches in hand we decided to incorporate these delightfully, smokey-tasting peppers into our interpretation of gourmet Mac n’ Cheese. This dish will take more time than it does to whip-up Mac from a box, but we think the results undoubtedly justify the labor of love.

Hatch Chili Peppers from Home Style Austin

Foodie Tips:

  • We prepare our hatch chili peppers and our chicken ahead of time so assembly time will be efficient; we have Mac n’ Cheese to eat! The roasted rotisserie chicken? We scored ours ready-to-go from our local HEB mere steps from an impressive Hatch Chili Pepper display.
  • Not sure how to roast your Hatch Chili Peppers? Here’s a helpful post I found that may help. We roasted our peppers on the outdoor grill. Our local HEB Plus! was even hosting hatch chili roasting events to make things even easier.
  • As an alternative to olive oil we have been having fun with avocado oil; it has a high smoke point and can offer various health benefits. We found our oil locally at Salt & Time on East 7th Street.
  • You can substitute the cheeses below with your favorites, like with Monterrey Jack or Mozzarella.
  • If it’s not hatch season you can use a couple cans of green chiles, although the flavor won’t be as smokey. If you’re out of shallots, try substituting red or white onions. No penne? Try elbow macaroni or your favorite sauce-hugging pasta (sorry, spaghetti, linguini and angel hair – we have other plans in store for you).

Ingredients: 

2  |  Shallots, Peeled, Roasted and Chopped
3 Cloves  |  Garlic, Peeled, Roasted and Chopped
2 Teaspoons  |  Avocado Oil (or olive oil)
2 Tablespoons  |  Flour
4 Cups  |  Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Teaspoon  |  Fresh Thyme, Chopped
2 Cups  |  Jalapeño Pepper Jack Cheese, Shredded
2 Cups  |  Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
To Taste  |  Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 Pound  |  Penne Pasta, Cooked and Drained
4-5  |  Hatch Chili Peppers, Roasted, Skinned, Seeded and Chopped
2-3 Cups  |  Roasted Rotisserie Chicken, Deboned and Shredded
1/2 – 1 Cup  | Panko Bread Crumbs
2 Tablespoons  |  Falfurrias Brand Butter, Melted
2 Tablespoons  |  Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, Chopped

Making Mac n' Cheese with Home Style Austin

Directions: 

1. Place the peeled shallots and garlic in a small aluminum foil pouch and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of the oil. Roast on the grill (or indoor oven at 425°F) about 25 minutes, until tender. This is a good time to boil the water, prepare the pasta and set it aside after drining. Remove the shallot-garlic medley from oven/grill and give it some time to cool a bit. Remove the veggies from the foil then chop them up.

2. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add another teaspoon of oil, the chopped vegetables then sauté for about a minute. Add the flour and stir for 1 minute (do not allow to burn). Whisk in the heavy cream and the thyme then stir in the Hatch Chili Peppers. Allow the mixture to reduce by a third.

3. Add your cheeses and stir until melted, creamy and thick. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Hungry yet? :)

4. Remove the cheese sauce from the heat and gently stir in the pasta and chicken. [Note: If your sauté pan is too small you can transfer the sauce into the pasta pot.] Transfer the Mac n’ Cheese into a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish and set aside. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

5. In a small bowl mix together the panko, butter and parsley; spread this mixture over the Mac n’ Cheese. Bake uncovered for about 25-35 minutes, until everything is browned and bubbly. Remove from oven, cool for a few minutes then serve.

Hatch Chicken Mac n' Cheese From the Home Style Austin Oven

Yields: 8-12 servings, depending on your appetite! Enjoy!

Love this recipe? We want to hear from you!

~ Joe Paul Reider

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

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