bars inspired by a pie

Father’s day – a reason to bake a little treat specially for my papa. As some of you might remember, my father loves pecan pie (I baked him one for Easter) – so I decided to make him pecan pie inspired bars… squares of pecan and chocolate with a hint of maple syrup.

Really easy to make – and substitute your favourite nut for the pecans if they’re not your thing :0) The original recipe that is the basis for this one actually called for walnuts. So anything goes…

Pecan & chocolate bars
ingredients:
1 c. pecan pieces (make them about the same size as chocolate chips)
1/2 c. (1 stick) of butter, room temperature
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. b. powder
1/4 c. maple syrup
1 1/4 c. dark chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Grease a baking dish – I used my rectangular jelly roll pan, but a square pan should work too… use what you’ve got!

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Once the mixture has gotten fluffy, add the vanilla. Then, with a wooden spoon stir in the flour and b. powder – combine well.

This is where I added the maple syrup – it moistens up the batter just a little (you’ll find it’s a pretty dense batter).

Stir in the pecan pieces and dark chocolate chips. This should kind of resemble a really thick cookie batter – everything will clump together.

Now, dump the batter into your pan – I wet my hands a little so that I can pat the batter down and make sure that it’s evenly spread.

Bake for between 35 – 37 minutes (depending on your oven and the pan you decide to bake the bars in… thicker bars will take a bit longer).

Remove from the oven, cool in the pan and then cut into slices. You should get about 18 bars out of this recipe.

My favourite part of this – is the smell that comes from the oven. Sigh. Nuts and chocolate always go so well together…

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