Pear walnut squares
- Ready In:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, powdered sugar, butter, 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon and salt; mix well.
- Press into the bottom of a greased 7 x 11-inch baking dish.
- Top with nuts and pear slices.
- In the same mixing bowl, beat together eggs, brown sugar, vanilla and remaining cinnamon until well combined; pour over pears.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until set in center.
- Cool completely before cutting into squares.
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These bars are a lovely, muffin-top like treat. I've already made them twice in one week per my mother-in-law's request. I made a few adjustments such as leaving the pears unpeeled and toasting the walnuts first; the former didn't detract from the taste and the latter enhanced the flavour. Also, for my MIL's sake, I used between 6-8 TBS of agave syrup rather than sugar. The second time I made the squares, I forgot to add vanilla without any negative side effects and added about 1 tsp of cardamom - a really yummy touch as far as I am concerned! This recipe is very forgiving and can be altered to suit needs easily. Thank you for posting it!
I got this recipe from the local paper years ago and absolutely love it. I make it regularly for parties and it is always a big hit. To make it fancy, I cook it in a 10" Springform pan or pie plate and try to arrange the pears in a pretty way. Then it has more of a cake appearance. When we make it that way, we call it pear tart, though it is really to high to be a tart.
Love these squares! They are a bar that has a somewhat soft crust on the bottom, with a pear/nut top that's kind of gelled together. The whole thing is frim enough to eat off of a napkin using your fingers, if you want to. They aren't super sweet, which I like. Just a subtle hint of sweetness which makes the pears even better. I made a couple changes when I makde them. First of all, I had to make them in a 9x13 pan, because I don't have a 7x11. They only took 35 minutes to cook that way. I also used pecans instead of walnuts. They were great too. Thanks for the recipe! I might try adding some dried cranberries with the nuts next time.