Sunday, October 16, 2005

Dixie Bars

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 can sweetened condensed milk (300 mL)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 tbsp corn syrup
1 cup pecan pieces

4 squares semisweet chocolate
1 tbsp butter
24 pecan halves (optional)

Heat oven to 350 F.

Combine flour and sugar; cut in butter to form soft dough. Press evenly into an 8-inch (20 cm) square pan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden.

Combine milk, sugar, butter and corn syrup in heavy saucepan, cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat and boil for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly or until mixture thickens slightly and turns a caramel colour. Remove from heat; stir in pecan pieces. Spread evenly over base. Chill.

Partially melt chocolate with butter over low heat. Remove from heat and continue stirring until completely melted. Spread over caramel layer. Garnish with pecan halves.
Makes 24 bars.

Source: Baker's Best Chocolate Cookbook, 1995


Merry said...

These look yummy! I'm from Alabama originally & I've never heard of Dixie Bars. Regardless of their authenticity, though, I think they look really yummy!

Anonymous said...

I cater lunch for 40 people bi-weekly. I made 4 pans of these and they look great, I'm sure they will be great.