Rustic Nut Bars

READY IN: 960hrs 20mins
YIELD: 64 bars




  • Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F and place oven rack in the middle position.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Cut the chilled butter into the flour mixture.
  • Continue this process with the butter until all the butter is gone and the flour-mixture looks like a coarse meal in pea-sized butter lumps.
  • Add the egg to the flour.
  • Mix dough using a rubber spatula or (clean) hands until butter and egg are incorporated efficiently.
  • Place the dough in a 13"x9" buttered glass baking dish.
  • Press the dough evenly on bottom. Do not press up the sides of the dish.
  • Place the dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove, allow to cool for 40 minutes and set aside.
  • ** (optional) Meanwhile, reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the almonds and hazelnuts in a shallow baking dish and roast in the oven from 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove, and increase the oven temperature back to 375 degrees F. **(optional).
  • In a medium sized sauce pan, bring the honey, brown sugar and salt to a small boil over a medium heat.
  • Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Then boil, without stirring for 2 minutes.
  • Add butter and cream and continue to boil for one minute, allowing the butter to melt. Remove from heat and add all of the nuts to the syrup, coating thoroughly.
  • Spread nut mixture over the cookie crust. Place baking dish back in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the top has carmelized and bubbled.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool in refrigerator for an hour.
  • Cut and serve.