Friday, February 27, 2009

The Best Dessert

Sorry, couldn't get a picture before
it was all gone.
I still remember the first time I ever had white chocolate. We were visiting my relatives in upstate New York during Easter. My cousins’ Easter baskets contained white chocolate bunnies. I was given a bite and have been sold on it ever since.

So when I found a recipe for dessert bars that uses white chocolate I had to give it a try. I made them Wednesday night when our college students came over and boy were they glad. I heard “this is the best dessert I have ever had” and “this is amazing.” One of the students even asked if we had enough for him to take a piece home.

So I thought I would share the recipe.

White Chocolate Bars
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp.   salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
2 4-ounce Ghirardelli white chocolate baking bars

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the pecans on a baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes in pre-heated oven.
  • Grease a 13 x 9 baking pan. In a small bowl combine the flour and salt. In a large bowl beat the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until creamy. Add the flour mixture and mix thouroughly. Spread the batter evenly in the pan. Sprinkle half of the roasted pecans on top of the mixture. Bake for 25 minutes.
  • After removing the bars from the oven, break chocolate bars into chips and sprinkle on top while bars are still warm. Let stand for 5 minutes then spread the chocolate in a thin layer. Sprinkle the remaining pecans on top.

Allow the bars to cool before cutting and serving.


Mrs.RGS said...

The photo of the empty dish says volumes!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kim,

Your recipe sounds delicious!! I'm going to try to make it! One question though? Is your pan a 13x9 or a 9x9 square pan? (In the picture your pan looks like a square pan and not a 13x9 rectangular pan.) Remember I'm an early childhood teacher and I know my shapes! :o) I wish I was a college student and came to your house every week for dinner!! You sure do make some good things!!

I hope things are going well for you and your family!

Take care!

Kim said...

Rita- It was a wonderful, but sweet dessert.

Janet- The pan I used this time was a 9x9, since I didn't have many to feed. This Tuesday I will make it for our Ladies Bible Study and will make it in my 13x9 pan. I will also make blueberry muffins for those who don't like sweets.
Good catch!