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Island Nov 12, 2011 02:36 PM

Anyone have a recipe for delicious thick pecan bars?

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    ForFoodsSake Nov 13, 2011 08:18 AM


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    1. re: ForFoodsSake
      HillJ Nov 13, 2011 08:46 AM

      FFS, does the large amount of butter in Ina's recipe make all that much difference on the deliciousness? That's a large amount of butter for one batch.

      1. re: HillJ
        Island Nov 13, 2011 09:10 AM

        Good question I'd love to know the answer to that too..
        The Ina G recipe appeals to me because the bars look like what I'm after, a thick based chocolate dipped wonder a local bakery makes that I'm hoping to approximate.....but then I read the amount of butter, sugar and honey in those calorie bombs!

        OT, but curious, how do blogs like smitten kitchen and other sites get away with printing a recipe noted as "adapted from Ina Garten" when it's the EXACT same recipe? OK the picture doesn't show the bars dipped in chocolate like Ina's, but she doesn't specify that in her recipe either.

        1. re: Island
          HillJ Nov 13, 2011 09:35 AM

          It's the word adapted from (fill in the origin) that is the fine slice with food blogging. Asking the origin source for permission is another. Sometimes the recipe is offered to the blogger to test it out on readers by the origin source. Sometimes food bloggers get taken to task. So my understanding when this question comes up at blogging bootcamps is: it depends, always check your sources.

          As for the butter ?, I'm hoping FFS has made these and can explain.

        2. re: HillJ
          ForFoodsSake Nov 13, 2011 09:50 AM

          I have to admit that they are sinfully delicious! I haven't ever tried to make them with any less butter, but I have had some similar bars made by friends that were made with less butter and sugar and still pretty tasty. The one thing that I've always been curious about with the Smitten Kitchen version is how long they would keep well without getting that cold hardened lard feel to them since they do have so much butter, but they never seem to last long enough around here for me to find out.

          I figure that a butter-loaded pecan bar (or maybe two) doesn't hurt as long as it's in moderation!

          1. re: ForFoodsSake
            HillJ Nov 13, 2011 10:06 AM

            Thanks FFS, I really do appreciate the feedback. Tipping the scales of butter and sugar is a hot topic with everyone these days but often not at the expense of really delicious results...so finding that "sweet spot" btwn enough and too much butter & sugar is a quest.

            1. re: HillJ
              goodhealthgourmet Nov 13, 2011 10:39 AM

              i'm sure a quick dip in some really good *dark* chocolate (perhaps spiked with espresso?) would take the edge off the sweetness ;)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                HillJ Nov 13, 2011 10:48 AM

                Nah, ha! That's all Ina!

                I love pecans so all that "extra" would get in my way. Pecan bars should taste like pecans, yes :)

        3. re: ForFoodsSake
          goodhealthgourmet Nov 13, 2011 09:29 AM

          oof. all that sugar & butter sounds more like a dare than a recipe to me. now what we need is for Paula Deen to deep-fry it.

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            mcf Nov 13, 2011 10:08 AM

            After dipping it in waffle batter!

            1. re: mcf
              Island Nov 13, 2011 03:09 PM

              And rolling it in Krispy Kreme Doughnut glaze!

        4. goodhealthgourmet Nov 12, 2011 02:46 PM


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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
            HillJ Nov 12, 2011 03:21 PM

            ROFL...she's back! I enjoy these:

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
              Island Nov 12, 2011 09:41 PM

              Thanks GoodHG! I perused some of these threads, but mustn't have searched back far enough for the others. Appreciate it.

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