Pecan Squares

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pecansquares
adapted from Ina Garten

Ingredients
Crust:

1 1/4 pounds unsalted margarine, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 extra-large eggs
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping:
1 pound unsalted margarine
1 cup good honey
3 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 cup pareve whipping cream
2 pounds pecans, coarsely chopped
1 package chocolate chips
2 tablespoons margarine

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
For the crust, beat the margarine and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, until light, approximately 3 minutes. Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the batter with the mixer on low speed until just combined. Press the dough evenly into an ungreased 18 by 12 by 1-inch baking sheet, making an edge around the outside. It will be very sticky; sprinkle the dough and your hands lightly with flour. Bake for 15 minutes, until the crust is set but not browned. Allow to cool.

For the topping, combine the margarine, honey, brown sugar, and zests in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over low heat until the margarine is melted, using a wooden spoon to stir. Raise the heat and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the pareve cream and pecans. Pour over the crust, trying not to get the filling between the crust and the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the filling is set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold. Cut into bars. Melt chocolate chips with the margarine. Dip the pecan squares in the chocolate so that half the bar is coated with chocolate. Let cool in the refrigerator. Serve cold or room temperature.

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