Nuts Over Pecan Squares!

Did you know that pecans are the only major tree nut that grows naturally in North America? How about that the first US pecan planting took place in 1772 in Long Island, NY? And that the natural antioxidants in pecans can help contribute to heart health and disease prevention? No? Well neither did I before I started this post!

Pecans are wonderfully versatile. Whether candied, baked in a pie, sprinkled on a salad, topping on yogurt..the list goes on..pecans are the best nut to stock in your cupboard! Miller’s serves a delicious pecan square recipe that we wanted to share!  We serve our Pecan Squares on our Weekend Breakfast Smorgasbord! We’d love to see you for breakfast, but if you can’t make it, we hope you’ll try the recipe at home!

Ingredients (Crust):

  • 4 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups soft butter (2 1/2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Ingredients (Filling):

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 3/4 cups pecans, chopped

Directions:

Put all ingredients for crust, except for water, into a mixing bowl. Mix at low speed until crumbs are formed, then add water and mix until a soft dough is formed. Press dough into a 10″ x 15″ pan forming a slightly higher crust around the edges. Bake the crust in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until it is just starting to lightly brown.

Prepare the filling by placing all ingredients for the filling, except the pecans, in a large pot. Heat over love heat until melted and combined. Stir in the chopped pecans. Carefully pour the hot filling over the baked crust, spreading it evenly as you go.

Bake the filled pan at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until you see the liquid part of the filling bubbling rapidly. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.

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