I love making things that travel well so that they can hold up to Sir Knight's lunchbox. Many cookies crumble and other deserts are too messy to take on the road. While looking for something with a little punch (protein) to fill hungry tummies, I came across this power-packed treat. I think these bars are better the 2nd (and 3rd and 4th...) day because the flavors have had a change to mingle.
If you are planning a hiking trip or other strenuous outdoor pursuit, you might want to consider making a batch of these protein filled bars. You will not be disappointed.
Pecan Power Bars
1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 C brown sugar, packed
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 C flour (white or whole wheat or oat)
1 C brown sugar, packed
1/2 C butter
1/4 C honey
1/2 C heavy cream (condensed milk, milk)
4 C pecans, chopped
Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with foil; butter the foil on the bottom and sides.
For the Base:
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with brown sugar. Add egg yolk and mix well. Gradually add the flour. Press into your prepared pan and bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
For the Filling:
In a saucepan combine the brown sugar, butter and honey. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the cream and pecans. Pour over the baked crust. Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Cool completely.
Use the foil to lift the bars out of the pan and place them on a cutting board. Remove foil and cut into squares.
|Stirring the butter and brown sugar|
|The egg yolk and flour have been added|
|The pre-baked crust|
|Now, for the topping....|
|The cream has been added and the pecans mixed in|
|The bars have been cooled and cut|
|Yum! These bars are solid - they hold their shape well|