Recipe: Brown butter, toasted pecans, and brown sugar give these bars a nutty, butterscotch style

Recipe: Brown butter, toasted pecans, and brown sugar give these bars a nutty, butterscotch taste

Makes 9

Browning butter earlier than you stir it into the batter provides an fascinating dimension to those bar cookies. Toasted pecans and light-weight brown sugar underscore nutty, butterscotch flavors. The bars are chewy and dense like good blondies (however with out the chocolate). When browning the butter, watch it fastidiously as it may well flip shortly from properly browned, which you need, to burnt and bitter, which you don’t.

Butter (for the pan)
¾cup pecans, chopped
¾cup flour
½teaspoon baking powder
¼teaspoon salt
9tablespoons (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, lower up
1cup packed gentle brown sugar
1egg, calmly crushed
½teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Set the oven at 350 levels. Butter an 8-inch sq. baking pan. Have available a medium mixing bowl.

2. Place the pecans in a small baking dish and toast within the oven for six minutes, or till calmly toasted and fragrant. Switch to a plate; cool.

3. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt to mix them.

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4. In a medium heavy-based saucepan over medium warmth, soften the butter. Proceed cooking the butter — it should bubble and foam — swirling the pan sometimes, for Three minutes, or till the butter turns medium brown and smells nutty. There shall be brown specks on the backside of the pan. Instantly pull the pan from the warmth and pour the butter together with the brown bits into the blending bowl. Add the brown sugar and stir to moisten the sugar; cool.

4. When the butter combination is not scorching, stir within the egg and vanilla. Utilizing a rubber spatula, stir within the flour combination and pecans.

5. Scrape the batter into the pan. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or till golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clear. Set the pan on a wire rack to chill utterly.

6. Make 2 cuts every strategy to type 9 bars. Carry them from the pan and retailer in an hermetic container for as much as 1 week. Lisa Zwirn

Lisa Zwirn may be reached at [email protected].

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