Bird Bakery Pecan Squares

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Bird Bakery

This recipe is courtesy of Elizabeth Chambers Hammer, Founder of BIRD Bakery.

24
Servings
357
Calories Per Serving
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Ingredients

For the BIRD Crust

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt, heaping
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon vegetable shortening, chilled
  • 1/2 Cup butter, cold or frozen, cut into ¼ - inch squares
  • 4 Tablespoons ice water

For the filling

  • 2 sticks high quality unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 Teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 3/4 Cups light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cup organic honey
  • 4 Cups pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup heavy cream

Directions

For the BIRD Crust

In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour, salt, and sugar.

Add shortening and process until mixture is the texture of coarse sand (roughly 10 seconds).

Scatter butter pieces evenly over flour mixture and pulse 6 times, until consistency is that of coarse crumbs.

Remove from large bowl.

Sprinkle with ice water and knead until mixture becomes sticky dough, adding a few extra drops of water as needed to help it hold together.

Roll into a ball, press into a ball, wrap in parchment, then plastic wrap and place in a plastic storage bag.

Refrigerate for at least an hour and up to two days before rolling out.

 

For the filling

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place butter, honey, brown sugar, and zests in a large saucepan over low heat until butter is melted.

Chop pecans and spread evenly over a pre-baked ½ sheet crust.

Incorporate heavy cream to the creamed butter mixture on high heat until temperature reaches 240 degrees.

Immediately pour creamed butter mixture over pecans in the crust.

Bake for 30 minutes, rotating pan after the first 15 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
20g
22%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
10mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
52g
40%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
213µg
30%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
149mg
15%
Choline, total
5mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
117µg
29%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
14mg
4%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Phosphorus, P
122mg
17%
Selenium, Se
7µg
13%
Sodium, Na
252mg
17%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
16g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Pecan Shopping Tip

Whenever possible, purchase whole, not presliced or chopped nuts. They have a longer shelf life.

Pecan Cooking Tip

Toasting your nuts helps release essential oils and intensifies their flavor.