Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Marla's Maple Pecan Squares

These aren't actually my creation, rather it's from my new William's and Sonoma Essentials of Baking. A Christmas gift that has been wonderful! I made them last night, and while we are still waiting for the "official" verdict from Lucas' co-workers, my square was wonderful! They were pretty easy to make too!

For the crust:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

For the filling:
6 T unsalted butter
1/3 c pure maple syrup
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x9 pan with foil, then butter the foil. (I'm sure you could omit the foil step, but it made it really easy to remove from pan and cut)

For crust:
  • mix together dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter to cut in butter until you have coarse, pea size crumbs.
  • Press crumb mixture into bottom of pan.
  • Bake for 12-17 minutes, until top feels firm when lightly touched.
  • set aside

For filling:

  • in saucepan, over medium heat, combine butter, syrup, brown sugar.
  • Stir, bring to boil. Boil for ONE minute
  • remove from heat, and immediately stir in cream
  • Then stir in pecans
  • Pour into 9x9

Back until the filling is set when you give a gentle shake, about 22-25 minutes.

Set on cooling rack for 1.5 hours.

When you take it out, it will still be bubbling hot. don't' touch it! (it hurts)

Now you can lift up the foil, nicely remove the yummy and cut into squares.


Suzanne said...

Thanks for contributing!!!

Do you have to use "real" maple syrup?

marla said...

I don't know if it has to be "real" or not, we had "real" maple syrup (amber in color)... I'm sure it doesn't really matter.