Merry Christmas from me, Patricia Davids. If you
love pecans the way I do, you'll want to enjoy this delicious holiday recipe all
year round. They are called Kentucky Pecan Bars and they are YUM. Pair them with
a cup of hot peppermint cocoa and you'll have a real treat to savor while you
enjoy my latest book, AN
Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small dice
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
1 2/3 cups pecans
6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1 cup honey
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons bourbon
Zest of 1 orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the crust: Adjust the oven rack to the bottom position and preheat the oven
to 400 degrees F. Coat the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with
In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, salt and butter until the
butter is pea-sized. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until the
dough begins to pull from the sides of the bowl. Transfer the dough to a floured
surface, gather together and pat into a rectangle. Roll the dough into a
1/8-inch-thick rectangle that measures about 13 by 15 inches. Trim the rough
edges and ease the dough into the prepared pan, pressing it onto the bottom and
about halfway up the sides (trim the dough more on the sides as needed). Prick
the dough a couple times with a fork. Cover with aluminum foil and fill with pie
weights or dried beans. Bake until the dough starts to set up, about 15 minutes.
Remove the weights and foil and continue to bake until the crust is just golden,
about 5 minutes more. Let it cool completely.
For the filling: Meanwhile, lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and
spread the pecans out on a baking sheet. Bake until toasted and lightly browned,
8 to 10 minutes. Let cool and then coarsely chop.
Bring a couple of inches of water to a simmer in a small saucepan. Put the white
chocolate in a heat-safe bowl that sits comfortably in the saucepan without
touching the water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Spread it evenly on the crust and let it set up.
Beat the honey and brown sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the
eggs. Pour in the melted butter and continue to beat. Add the flour, bourbon,
orange zest and vanilla. Sprinkle the pecans over the white chocolate and pour
in the honey mixture.
Bake until the top of the filling is golden brown and the center sets up, 30 to
40 minutes. Cover and put in the refrigerator until cool. When ready to serve,
cut into 36 even bars.
Recipe courtesy of Damaris Phillips, From The Food Network website.
USA Today Bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with
four brothers. After college she began a wonderful career as a nurse. In 1973
Pat wrote a letter to a lonely sailor. Little did she know her talent with words
would bring her love, marriage and motherhood.
An avid reader, Pat longed to write a book, but put her dream on hold as she
raised a family and worked in an NICU. It wasn’t until 1996 that she began
writing seriously. Today, Pat enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances
where love and faith bring two people together forever.
Luke Bowman's homecoming is turning Emma
Swartzentruber's carefully ordered world upside down. Gone is her rebellious
girlhood crush, and in his place is a handsome man who seems committed to
serving the community. Luke's even agreed to work for Emma's ill father, whose
last wish is to see his daughter wedded to a stable, loving man. But Luke—a man
who flirted with the outside world with disastrous consequences—is hardly
marriage material for a good Amish woman. Yet this Christmas, when her family is
flung into crisis, Emma finds that he may just be the one to capture her heart
Your recipe sounds interesting, and your book sounds like the perfect Winter read!! I've already put it on my TBR list, since I can't pass up a book having to do with the Amish life!! Congratulations on your latest book, and I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas!! (Peggy Roberson 4:53am December 23, 2015)