Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars

With it being seriously cold and snowing outside I wanted to make something that screams comfort food because lets face it, we all love it!

Deliciously rich, chewy and smooth maple bars with a soft crust, crunchy pecans and drizzled with homemade (I am sharing next weekend!) salted caramel sauce because everything tastes better when salted caramel is generously poured on top.

Believe it or not these are healthy, YES before you say it they could be healthier but sometimes you just want that little bit naughty, right?

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 Cup Flour (either, plain, coconut, almond)
  • 1/3 Cup Brown sugar (make this healthier by using coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter

Filling

  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar (or honey)
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Cup Pecans
  • 1/4 Cup Salted Caramel Sauce (sharing my homemade next week, shop bought for ease is fine)

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C, line a baking tray with foil.

Start by making the crust. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until it starts almost sticking together. Note: it will be quicker to make if the butter is softer so I sometimes melt mine a little in the microwave. 

Turn the mixture out in to the tin and using a spatular or back of a spoon, smooth the mix firmly into the tray until its level. Pop this into the oven for 12-15 minutes or until it is just set. Don't over do it as it is going back into the oven!

While this is cooking start not the filling. In a large bowl (I used the same one as making the crust) mix together the egg, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Whisk until combined then throw in the pecans and stir until combined.

Once the crust has baked add the filling and smooth over so the pecans are evenly spread and flat. 

Bake this for 12-15 minutes until just set as it will continue to set as it cools.  Allow it to cool and then drizzle with salted caramel before serving.

This recipe is to die for, a seriously delicious indulgent treat. 

If you make it please please tag me - I love seeing you all make my recipes.

Sophie xx