Sunday, September 4, 2011
How do you pronounce "pecan?" Do you say puh-con, pee-con, or pee-can? I personally go with puh-con, but when talking about pie, I say pee-can pie. Though for some reason I call these puh-con pie bars. No reason, it's just the way it comes out. I'm not sure if the different pronunciations are regional, or if they are just a personal thing. But either way, pecan pie is definitely a popular and well-loved dessert. And just like any dessert, turning it into portable portions is always a hit.
These bars start with a shortbread crust, and are then topped with a sweet, sticky filling that's studded not only with pecans, but with shredded coconut as well. The coconut doesn't really contribute much flavor, but adds a great texture. And as they bake, the top forms a nice crackly crust.
These are super sweet, and I'm sure you could decrease the sugar quite a bit. But the whole point of pecan pie is to be sweet and sticky, so I don't think I'll change a thing next time I make these. I took a platter of them to a neighborhood potluck, and everyone seemed to enjoy them. And serving them out of cupcake liners definitely helps with the sticky filling!
This week's recipe was chosen by Beth of The Powdered Plum. She has the full recipe posted on her blog if you are interested!