Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
Pecan Pie Bars
These pecan pie bars are simply magic! Between the brown sugar shortbread crust and the honey-infused pecan pie topping, these bars will have you hooked. Honey, heavy cream, and of course the nuts are all available at CCFM markets.
- 18 Tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 8 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 6 Tbsp. light brown sugar, packed
- 2 Tbsp. heavy cream (for richest bars) or milk
- 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 cups pecan pieces
To make the crust: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease a 9” x 13” pan, and line the pan with parchment paper for easiest serving. Make sure the paper extends up and over the sides of the pan on two opposite sides, so you can use it as a sling to remove the bars from the pan.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter and light brown sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour and salt to make a soft dough.
Transfer the dough to the prepared pan. Use your lightly floured hands to press the dough into an even layer, ensuring you’ve reached into the corners and to the edges of the pan.
Prick the dough all over with a fork.
Bake the crust until lightly golden, 14 to 18 minutes. Remove it from the oven.
To make the filling: Place all the filling ingredients except the pecans into a large pot or saucepan. Place the pan over medium-high heat, stirring regularly, until the mixture is smooth and has started to boil; this should take 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the pecans.
To assemble and bake: Pour the filling over the hot crust, letting it spread to the edges and corners of the pan and using a spatula to smooth the pecans into an even layer.
Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the filling is bubbling across the surface, 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and allow the bars to cool completely in the pan before lifting them out to cut and serve.
Store any leftovers, well wrapped, at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round throughout New Orleans. The CCFM hosts nearly 60 local small farmers, fishers, and food producers, and more than 150,000 shoppers annually.