Chewy Pecan-Cinnamon Bars
This recipe came from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Doubleday Cookbook; Complete Contemporary Cooking. Both volumes have more recipes than I could try in a lifetime (well, maybe if I followed in Julie Powell's footsteps...inspired by the movie JULIE & JULIA (DVD)), but everything I have tried has been exceptional.
Here is the recipe, from page 621 to be exact.
The ingredients are listed above. You may be able to tell that I already sifted the flour. I also separated the eggs, and in the process broke one yolk...yes, AND got some yolk in the whites...I just used a spoon (don't use your fingers...the oils keep the whites from whipping up) to get out what I could and hoped for the best. OK, OK, I won't make you wait until the end of the blog post...the whites whipped up perfectly, no yolky interference (or I would have had a new 4 letter word for the day...you got it, yolk)!
I followed the recipe as described, except for one change and one addition that I decided upon before I baked them. You will have to read on for those little pieces of culinary decision making and creativity.
I love how the butter/sugar creamed mixture turns a beautiful yellow when you add the yolk.
It seemed there was not enough topping to spread it over each part of the dough (can't imagine it being enough if using the bigger pan), and...
I put them in the oven at 300 degrees. At 40 minutes, I thought they could still brown a little more and so I put them in for another 5 as the recipe indicates. And then onto a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
I was surprised by what they looked like, because I had anticipated the topping would look more like meringue (maybe I did get yolked), but as I looked more closely at the edges where the topping didn't get all the way to the edge, I could see that the meringue was there. Then I figured I should not have put it back in the oven for those extra 5 minutes...
Yummy Chewy Pecan-Cinnamon Bars. I hope you enjoy them as much as we are (Mountain Man tasted one and had to go back for more!).
PS...it's still raining. And warm.
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