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Pecan Pie Bars (with a Secret Ingredient)

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The Ultimate Pick-Up Bar ~ Perfect for the Holidays!
A press-in shortbread crust with a pour-on-top filling enriched with a crunchy pecan topping. Delish!

Pecan Pie in a pick-up bar
Secret Ingredient: Lyle’s Golden Syrup from England
Easy to cut into bars ~ Bake in a 9″ x 13″ pan, makes about 28.

These bars have it all! Quicker to bake than pecan pie with a high, creamy rich filling that’s sweet, but not cloyingly sweet.

The Secret Ingredient: Lyle’s Golden Syrup from England. Typically sold in a beautiful green and gold can, some shops sell it in an easy for bottle.

It seems like all pecan pie/bar recipes call for corn syrup.
So try Lyle’s instead – a pure, clean taste with all natural ingredients (no GMOs!)
I also add a little pure maple syrup in the recipe – I love the flavor it lends to the bar’s filling.

My bars have a buttery shortbread press-in crust which is simple to make – you partially bake it.
Add an extended sheet of parchment paper on the bottom for easy cutting.

The filling is made on the stovetop; Lyle’s Golden Syrup, Coconut Palm Sugar, Butter and Maple Syrup are combined and warmed until the sugar has dissolved. Beat in Eggs, Vanilla, Sea Salt and Flour, then Pecan Pieces and pour over the partially baked crust.

Bake until set, cool then cut into even squares. You’ll have about 28 of them.
These bars freeze very well!! Wrap well, then add to a container with a tight seal.

Golden syrup or light treacle is a thick amber-colored sugar syrup – not to be confused with corn syrup.
Find it at better grocers, such as Fairway Market in the North-East, or online. I would substitute only a non GMO dark corn syrup.

I do not use corn syrup, unless it has been non GMO certified.
You can find Wholesome brand corn syrup in better grocers, but at a high price tag, I use Lyle’s Golden Syrup, made without a corn product – all natural, with no preservatives.

Genetic engineering (for genetically modified foods) thus far been limited to America’s largest commodity crops, such as corn and soybeans.
Both corn and soy are doused with nitrogen fertilizers and synthetic pesticides. (As for corn – I do purchase and enjoy non GMO corn chips only, which are readily available.)

A Little History:
Since 1881 Abraham Lyle built a sugar refinery on the Thames in East London. and as part of the cane sugar refining he produces a rich golden and smooth treacly syrup. Calling it “goldie” he starts selling it from wooden casks.
Recognized by Guinness Wold Records as having the world’s oldest branding and packaging.

Enjoy!
Karen

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