These bars would make Paula Deen proud (whose restaurant I want to visit one day). They totally scream the South and I loved every bite of them. I would love to live in the South if we could- the homes are adorable, the people I’ve met have been so nice and genuine, and I can’t complain one bit about their food! Although, as Alex likes to remind me, I don’t know if I could handle those humid summers. But, the idea of living there is quite charming. Oh, and how can I forget their accents! I can’t get enough of them
Anyway, at least these bars brought me closer to the South for the time being. I found the recipe in my Taste of Home Cookies cookbook. I still love all things from Taste of Home. This book has more cookie recipes than I’ll ever be able to try and quite a few pictures, too. The original name of these are praline brownies, but to me a brownie needs some kind of chocolate, so I changed them to bars. The reader who submitted this is from North Carolina, so maybe brownies have a more universal meaning out there?
These bars are extremely decadent and delightful. One tip I learned is to make sure the middle is done and not too gooey. I had a bit of a mess when cutting the bars because I took them out of the oven a few minutes too soon. They would be made even more perfect with vanilla ice cream while sitting on a wrap-around front porch during a lazy Sunday afternoon. Or, eaten by themselves in a northern California apartment
Pecan Praline Bars, adapted from Taste of Home Cookies
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, divided
2 tablespoons evaporated milk
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a saucepan, combine the 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter and milk. Stir over low hear just until butter is melted. Pour into an ungreased 8 inch square baking pan; sprinkle evenly with the pecans.
In a small bowl, cream the 2 cups brown sugar and remaining butter; add eggs. Stir in flour, vanilla and salt until moistened. Spread over pecans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until bars test done. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes before inverting onto a tray or serving plate. Cool slightly before cutting. Makes 16 bars.