This was not something that I was born with. When I was growing up the only nuts in our home were the peanuts in our Christmas bags from Santa Claus and the black walnuts that we got free from grandpa and grandma.
Peanuts I like, black walnuts are another story.
I remember well my first English walnut. So mild and delicious! Then I was introduced to pecans and almonds and even cashews! I was in love! There was an entire nutty world out there for me to discover!
This recipe includes both of my favorites – chocolate and nuts!
Chocolate Fudge Pecan Pie Bars
2 2/3 cups flour
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup corn syrup
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate (melted)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
Mix together the flour with 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives in a scissors motion, cut in butter until the mixture has the texture of coarse crumbs.
Press into the bottom of a greased 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 15 minutes.
In a separate bowl beat eggs, corn syrup, 1 cup brown sugar, melted chocolate, vanilla and salt.
Stir in the nuts and pour the mixture over the warm crust.
Bake another 20-25 minutes or until the filling is set. Cool completely.
I didn’t have pecans, but substituted a mixture of walnuts and almonds.