I learned something interesting this past week – people who know me in real life read this blog sometimes.
This is dangerous.
Why? Because this blog is a diary of sorts – a place where I share excitement for booking a wedding venue and eating too much cheese and a place where I can vent about stuff!!
Anyway, after I posted about chocolate chip peanut butter larabars I got a text from one of my besties exclaiming her excitement about the wedding I’m planning….I’m excited too, of course, but I totally didn’t think my real-life friends would read that post.
MEANING! (I’m getting to the point) that the cat is pretty much out of the bag to people I know, who are now going to ask a bunch of questions about my wedding.
Real life friends, this post is for you. Eventually you will get a letter from me that essentially says a few of the millions of reasons of why I think you’re an amazing person, why you mean the world to me, and also, why I can’t invite you to my wedding.
It seems weird, I guess. Why not invite those that make you laugh the most? And there isn’t a simple reason. It turns out I can’t afford a big wedding, and am having a small, mostly family, 30 people shin-dig. One that absolutely everyone I know could come to the ceremony if they wanted, but what’s the fun in that?!! I know I’d be wondering where the booze was.
So this wedding I’m planning isn’t a snub to you, real-life people. We can celebrate in other ways, and for now I can look forward to a special day where I get to marry P-, and be giddy, and be completely awkward with my family. I hope we’re good.
And for the rest of you! My virtual friends who just totally glazed over the previous words I just spewed, HI!! I made you some positively delicious pecan pie bars. A bit of an upgrade from my previous recipe that I posted way back in 2010. This recipe is made with a brown sugar shortbread crust, and has a maple pecan pie filling, which is seriously unreal.
I’d say these are one of my favorite baked treats ever. No jokes.
Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope your week is going awesome so far
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup golden corn syrup
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the flour and beat until coarse crumbs form (it should stick together when pressed).
- Press the crust into a 9x13 baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until top appears dry, browned and slightly puffed.
- For the filling, whisk the eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir in the pecans and pour the mixture over the crust until it looks nice and even. Return pan to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes (or until the filling is mostly set).
- Cool completely on a wire rack and then refrigerate for at least three hours or overnight. Cut into bars and serve slightly chilled.
-Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum
-Make sure to cool these completely and chill so that they hold together well.