Bars: Maple Walnut Bars

posted by Andy 03-14-103 9:33 AM

Maple Walnut Bars

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter
2 cups walnuts
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 Tbs cream
3 Tbs corn syrup
2 Tbs maple syrup
1 tsp maple extract

Combine flour and sugar; cut in butter with a pastry blender (or use a food processor) until crumbly. Press into a greased 9"x13" pan. Bake at 350 for 15 to 18 minutes, until just starting to turn golden. Cool.

Sprinkle walnuts evenly over base. In a saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, cream, corn syrup, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, add maple extract, and stir in well. Pour carefully over walnuts in pan. Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes, or until filling is bubbly. Cool. Cut into squares.

Andy's notes: When I have maple sugar in the kitchen I like to use 1/2 cup maple sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar in the filling for more maple flavour; a full cup may be even better. I have replaced the corn syrup with maple syrup but the change does not add much more maple flavour. Sometimes I may be more generous with the maple extract than the tsp called for. The surest way to increase the maple flavour is to use a darker grade of syrup, B-grade if you can get it - I have no trouble finding it locally, fortunately.

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