Thursday, October 29, 2009

Baking Just Ain't My Thang

I am huge fan of pecan pie but I am so not a huge fan of baking pies. See, Emma + any type of baking = disaster. I burn cookies, under-cook pies, cause complete ruin to cakes - you get the point. These pecan pie bars though, just happen to be the exception. For some reason they seem to love me (and my quickly growing pant size) and come out jussssst right. Plus, with only 160 calories per serving, they don't completely kill my diet...except when I down five in one sitting. Another story for another time.

PECAN PIE SURPRISE BARS
• 1 box yellow or butter-flavor cake mix
• 1/3 cup margarine, softened
• 1 egg

FILLING
• ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
• 1 ½ cups dark corn syrup
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 3 eggs
• 1 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan. Reserve 2/3 cup of the dry cake mix for filling.

In large bowl, beat remaining cake mix, margarine and 1 egg at low speed until well blended. Press into bottom of greased pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

In the same bowl, beat reserved dry cake mix, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and eggs at low speed until moistened. Beat at medium speed 1 minute or until well blended.

Pour filling mixture over warm base; sprinkle with pecans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until filling is set. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator. Makes 36 bars.

Per serving: 160 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g polyunsaturated, 1 g saturated, 24 g cholesterol, 1 g protein, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 140 g sodium.

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