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Category: Desserts

Fudge pecan bars

The typical Passover Seder meal is a minefield of familial politics. Jackie Mason could base a stand-up routine on it: "I want the soup but no chicken in it; matzo balls but soft, not hard, ones; tzimmes but no prunes; ... Read more

Active work time: 20 minutes | Total preparation time: 1 hour 15 minutes | Makes about 30 squares
Note: You can use semisweet chocolate bars or baking chips for this recipe and omit the nuts; the result is still moist, chewy, fudgey bars. Passover vanilla sugar is available at markets that specialize in Jewish or kosher products.
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter or unsalted Passover margarine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon Passover vanilla sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup matzo cake meal
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1 cup whole pecans, lightly toasted, divided
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted, for garnish

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan.

Step 2Melt the chocolate and butter or margarine over low heat. Cool to room temperature. Stir in the sugar, brown sugar, vanilla sugar, salt, eggs, cake meal and potato starch. Fold in 3/4 cup of pecans.

Step 3Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the top seems set and is beginning to take on a crackled appearance, 35 to 40 minutes. Do not overbake. The brownies should be set and seem dry to the touch-but there should not be a dry crust around the sides.

Step 4To garnish, drizzle the melted chocolate over the brownies. Coarsely chop the remaining pecans and scatter them over the top.

Each square:
175 calories; 19 mg sodium; 37 mg cholesterol; 11 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 19 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams protein; 0.71 gram fiber.
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