Monday, November 24, 2014

Sweet Pecan Delights

For me, the main issue with the sweet recipes is to adapt them into dairy and legume free. These recipes are mainly used butter, heavy cream, or milk. Since I have to omit all of the cow's products from Brek's diet and legume ingredients from Camden's diet, I find that modifying sweet recipes can be a challenge. I can no longer bake with cheese cake.

I accidentally found Sweet Julia cooking show while I was flipping through channels. Her recipes were pretty easy to work with to make them dairy free. Her Graham Cracker Toffee looked delicious. I thought I might be able to make them using my own dairy free caramel recipe.

I tested it out and holy cow!!! They tasted gooey, sweet, and nutty. My kids luv pecans, so they asked for more. I asked Brek to name the bars, and he said, "how about Sweet Pecan Delights?" And that's how these bars got their name.

Sweet Pecans Delight
inspired from Sweet Julia's Graham Cracker Toffee
made small 12 bars

8 graham crackers
1/3 cup (3 oz.) coconut cream
3 Tablespoons (1.6 oz.) water
1 Tablespoon (2 oz.) maple syrup
1 cup (7 oz.) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup (3.75 oz.) raw pecans, roughly chopped
Cooking spray
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degree.
  2. Line a 8 by 6 baking pan with a parchment paper. Spray the pan with a cooking oil.
  3. Place the graham crackers to fit the base, making sure that they double up to the same thickness. Set it aside.
  4. Place coconut cream, water, maple syrup, guar, and salt in a heavy-bottomed pot.
  5. Heat the mixture in a medium low heat.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil and heat until the candy thermometer reads soft cracks (240F degree).
  7. Add the chopped pecans and whisk quickly.
  8. Slowly pour the pecan caramel over the graham crackers.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  10. Let cool in the wiring rack until cool to touch.
  11. Turn the sweet pecan delights onto the cutting board and cut them into small squares.
STORING: These sweet pecan delights keep well in an air tight container at a room temperature for up a week.

Allergy Info: These sweet pecan delights are free from or can be make without dairy, eggs, corn, legumes (soy), or fish.

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