Pecan Squares

Total Time:
3 hr 20 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
2 hr
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
12 squares
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Pastry Shell, recipe follows
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 1/2 cups halved pecans
  • Pastry Shell:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 365 degrees F.

  • While the pastry is cooling, combine the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, honey, and salt in a large pot over high heat. Boil for 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and, at arm's length, carefully stir in the cream, being mindful of splatters.

  • Add the pecans and mix thoroughly. Pour the filling evenly over the baked pastry. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Pastry Shell:
  • Special equipment: a 9 by 13 by 2-inch pan

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the pastry flour and salt. Add the egg and egg yolk. Mix thoroughly.

  • Press the dough evenly onto the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

  • To bake, cover the pastry with parchment paper and weigh it down with dried beans or pie weights (see Cook's Note*). Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely before removing the beans and parchment paper.

  • *Cook's Note: This technique is called blind baking.


CATEGORIES:
View All

Cooking Tips
More Recipes and Ideas
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
Loading review filters...
BROWSE REVIEWS BY KEYWORD
    Reviews

    Not what you're looking for? Try:

    Gooey Chocolate Pecan Shortbread