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 Servings
- Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
- 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
- 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
- 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