Tested till perfect Caramel Pecan Bars

Caramel Pecan Bars

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By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: © CanadianLiving.com

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  • Portion size 72

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 1cupbutter, softened
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cuppacked brown sugar
  • 1 tsp 1tspvanilla
  • 2 cups 2cupsall-purpose flour

Caramel Filling:

  • 1-1/3 cups 1-1/3cupspacked brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupwhipping cream
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupcorn syrup
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupbutter
  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupschopped pecanpecans

Topping:

  • 10 oz 10ozsemisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupbutter
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupwhipping cream
  • 1 cup 1cuppecan halves
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Preparation

In bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Blend in flour, 1/2 cup (125 mL) at a time. Pat into lightly greased 15- x 10-inch (40 x 25 cm) jelly roll pan. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden. Let pan cool on rack.

Caramel Filling: In saucepan, cook sugar, cream, corn syrup and butter over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened and 230°F (110°C) on candy thermometer (thread stage). Remove from heat; stir in chopped pecans. Spread evenly over base. Let cool completely.

Topping: In top of double boiler over hot, not boiling, water, melt chocolate, butter and cream, stirring occasionally. Spread evenly over filling. Let cool for 15 minutes. Score into 1-1/2-inch (4 cm) squares; press pecan half into each square. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set. (Can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week.) Cut into squares.

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