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Rustic Nut Bars Review September 13, 2010

Filed under: Cookies — pimom @ 18:15
I am sharing this recipe as I have been asked for it many times.  It is, however, not my own recipe, so I copied it from the original source, Taste of Home magazine. They have lost of tasty recipes in their magazines that are made by and shared by home cooks.  I have made this often to rave reviews.  The only things I do differently is I just use milk instead of cream.  I also use random nuts, whatever I have on hand. Usually cashews, almonds, and macadamia nuts.
  • 40 ServingsRustic Nut Bars Recipe
  • Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 3/4 cup cold butter, divided
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • TOPPING:
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1 cup roasted salted almonds
  • 1 cup salted cashews, toasted
  • 1 cup pistachios, toasted

Directions

  • Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with foil; grease the foil with 1 tablespoon butter. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; cut in remaining butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in egg until blended (mixture will be dry).
  • Press firmly onto the bottom of prepared pan. Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, bring the honey, brown sugar and salt to a boil over medium heat until sugar is smooth; stirring often. Boil without stirring for 2 minutes. Add butter and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in the hazelnuts, almonds, cashews and pistachios. Spread over crust.
  • Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until topping is bubbly. Cool completely on a wire rack. Using foil, lift bars out of pan. Discard foil; cut into squares. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 199 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 157 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Rustic Nut Bars published in Taste of Home December/January 2007, p28

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