Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pear Bars




I hope everyone had a great long holiday weekend. Sorry for the late post. We went to Arizona over the weekend and had a fabulous time! We set out to leave on Monday and only made it a mild down the road before we decided to turn around and try again the next day. Traffic was not moving. So today is my first day back at work. 
We had so many adventures over the weekend! My favorite part was swimming in the pristine fresh water of Lake Mohave at Katherine's landing. 


The water was a warm 85 degrees, and I could have stayed there all day long. 

We also visited the small mining town of Oatman. It was a lot of fun shopping and feeding the burrows!


Lastly I was so pleased to find out our chihuahuas like riding on the boat! They even went for a swim!

Now on to the food. I did cook while we were there. My friend brought more pears for me to work with and I made the most scrumptious treat for them. These are definitely a treat. Save this recipe for a time you really want to treat yourself! They are full of sugar and not for daily eating. But if you are to bring a dessert or if you want to celebrate, these are to die for!

Tomorrow I will be back to posting healthy recipes for you all. Enjoy this one!

Pear Bars


Shortbread bottom:

1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg

1/4 tsp salt
(if you are not gluten-free, you can use regular all purpose flour).

Caramel Topping:

1/2 cup salted butter
1 cup brown sugar- packed
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup quick cook oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pear - peeled, cored & diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat 9x13 pan with cooking spray, foil, or parchment- set aside.
In bowl of electric mixer- cream butter, sugar & vanilla.
Add egg & beat until fluffy.
Stir in salt.
Beat in flour 1 cup at a time.
Press dough evenly into pan and use a fork to make holes in the dough.
Bake 15 minutes or until just set & beginning to turn golden in color.
Remove & let cool.

Prepare Caramel.
Make sure your pear is cut up into small pieces.
Melt the butter over medium heat in saucepan.
Add brown sugar and agave nectar.
Bring to a very low boil, stirring constantly.
Let cook over very low heat, stir in oats, vanilla & pears.
Remove from heat.
Let sit to cool until thickened- about 10 minutes.
Pour over shortbread in pan.
Transfer to refrigerator & allow to completely cool before cutting- at least 2-3 hours.
Yum!
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