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Pecan Pie Bars

1/2 cup - sugar
1/4 teaspoon - salt
3/4 cup - unsalted butter, cut up
1 cup - light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup - unsalted butter
4 - large eggs, lightly beaten
2 1/2 cup - finely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon - vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350Ëš. Butter and lightly flour 9 x 13 inch pan. Sift SWANS DOWN Cake Flour then lightly spoon into measuring cup for 2 ¼.

Make Crust: Combine flour, white granulated sugar and salt in large bowl. Cut in ¾ cup butter thoroughly with a pastry blender until mixture resembles very fine crumbs. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan using a piece of plastic wrap to ease pressing out crumb mixture. Bake approx. 17 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Make Topping: Combine brown sugar, corn syrup and ½ cup butter in a sauce pan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring gently. Remove from heat. Stir ¼ of hot mixture into beaten eggs to temper; add to remaining hot mixture. Stir in pecans and vanilla. Pour filling over crust. Bake at 350° for 34 to 35 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares of desired size.


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