Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Maple Shortbread Bars

It's been a few weeks since I posted a new creation.  Laz's been in the lab working on some different concepts.  Time to move the cooking on LC forward.  My journey of discovery in the kitchen has challenged me to continue to push the limits of my cuisine.  If I was to keep cooking the same tired old crap, I'd quit.  New dishes start Saturday.  What a tease, huh?!

I am also happy to report that I am working on some joint projects with incredibly talented foodies.  These will be up in the coming weeks.

First, is the one-and-only Natasha from 5 Star Foodie.  Natasha is one of the best cooks (and sweetest people) on the blogosphere, so I really had to step my game up to work with her.  We collaborated on some exciting dishes.  We hope to post early next week.

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Welcome to Guest Post Thursday

I am excited turn over the LC floor to Patty from Patty's Fine Food.  Patty hails from the Bay Area, home of her beloved World Series Champion San Fransisco Giants.  Not only is Patty a fine cook, but she is one of the most supportive bloggers around.  If you love pastries, she creates some of the best pastries I've come across.  Please check out Patty's Food for fine food and more importantly a fine friend.


Warm fall days, picnics and rich gooey portable maple shortbread bars are  a happy satisfying combination in my book.  My friend Lazaro at Lazaro Cooks! is a creative chef who tends towards the elegant presentations that have been beautifully crafted and photographed.  For myself, I lean toward the more rustic presentations of creations that are most often pastries with the occasional soup, salad or bread thrown in to the mix for good measure.  Today I am honored to be contributing a guest post at Lazaro Cooks!

I have a fairly extensive cookbook collection where I find many of the recipes for my Patty's Food blog.  If I use a recipe from the Internet I link the recipe on my blog and note any  changes I may have made.  When I use a recipe from a cookbook I share the recipe in my own words and note that I have adapted the recipe from the author and title of the cookbook that I use.  Sometimes I make changes in recipes because of taste or ingredient preferences and more often because I have something in my pantry I would like to use.  If you are interested in this subject of recipe attribution read  David Lebovitz's piece on this topic at The Food Blog Alliance.  He also states that if you attribute a recipe to a certain cookbook then you should link it to Amazon so that your reader can buy the book.  I'm not in full agreement with that because I think people know where and how to buy a book if they like without the link.  I like to read cookbooks, try the recipes and share the ones I like.  I don't want any one to feel 'ripped off' so I always mention the recipe, cookbook and author before I give the recipe.  Okay so having written all of that I found this recipe for Maple Shortbread Bars in The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser.

Ingredients and Directions for Maple Shortbread Bars
makes 2 dozen bars

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Ingredients for the crust

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter

Ingredients for the filling

1&1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2/3 cup real maple syrup
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped pecans

In a medium size bowl combine the flour, sugar and salt for the crust.  Cut the chilled butter into bits and scatter over the flour mixture.  Work the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or lightly using your fingertips until it resembles flaky crumbs.  Press into the bottom of a metal 9x13 baking pan.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden brown around the edges.  Cool on a rack for 20 minutes or longer.

In the same medium bowl combine all the ingredients except the chopped pecans and mix until smooth and thick.  Pour into the cooled crust and distribute the pecans evenly over the top.  Bake until the filling is set, about 30 minutes.  If the filling starts to brown too much before it sets cover the top with aluminum foil.
Cool completely before cutting into bars.

For more please check out Patty's Food.


  1. WEll Natasha and her site are fabulous for sure totally agree! Patty this looks mouth watering and it a diffinite keeper..thanks for sharing LAzaro!

  2. Love shortbread, so this for me, is like shortbread on steroids!!! Just wonderful Patty :) I would probably finish half the batch before good sense would prevail :P

    Thank you Laz for highlighting Patty.

  3. Hi Patty...these look and sound delicious! I do enjoy maple desserts especially around the holidays, something very comforting about the flavor :) I agree about the link as well, I am pretty sure if they want the cookbook they can figure it out. Lovely to see you here :)
    Laz, you always have the best here and I am exited to here you and Natasha have something in the works...

  4. Lazaro, thanks for sharing this gooey mouthwatering shortbread and thanks for inviting Patty for this guest post :) She has a wonderful blog :)


  5. Lazaro,

    always such a tease ;-) can't wait to see what you and Natasha have in store for us. i love visiting Natasha's blog as she is a true talent in the kitchen, but more importantly, i can tell she has a love and joy for food blogging.


    what a bonus for us as we get two wonderful recipes from you this week. these maple shortbread bars definitely caught my attention when i opened my google reader. gooey maple shortbread? YES, PLEASE! i love how they look deliciously crispy on top, but have have soft gooey centers. you have the sweet tooth in me drooling with these, my friend. and thank you for always giving credit where credit is due.

  6. LORD ABOVE those are tempting and gooey and fabulous! Laz dearest, you know how to get this food lover every time! First it is our LOVE JONES with pizza, then GOOEY rock mista, you rock.

    Have a splendid day...Anita

  7. Never thought to combine maple and shortbread, what a lovely sounding combination. I, too, am a cookbook fiend. Lately cookery magazines.

  8. These bars would be wonderful for a change from pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. I know my family would devour them.

    I am a cookbook addict and own many many more than any human should. I'm looking forward to what Laz and 5 Star Foodie have up their sleeve for next week.

  9. Patty, what a wonderful treat you made! I love the infusion of maple flavor into these delicious shortbread bars. Great to see you here!

    Laz, thank you so much for the sweetest preview for our post, I can't wait to share it with everyone!

  10. Great guest post! Love this shortbread bars with maple syrup in it. I'm going to visit Patty's blog :)

  11. Lazaro this recipe look amazing and delicious!
    I will visit Patty's blog, x gloria

  12. Lazaro -- I can't wait to see yours and Natasha's creation!!!

    Patty -- Maple and pecans are such a wonderful pair. I think I'm going to make these bars to add to our Thanksgiving dessert table...they look incredible!

  13. I'm looking forward to seeing your collaboration with Natasha!! Also, great guest post from Patty! A nice sweet treat for fall :)

  14. I want to visit LC's Lab some day!!
    Can't wait what you, you and Natasha came up. How exciting! There are many things to look forward to.

    Patty! I agree with Laz that your pasty recipes are awesome. They truly inspire me.

    I always credited the cookbook I got the recipe from too although I made some adjustment.

  15. Lorraine at Almost Nigella is a maple fan too... I am in love with the stuff and always love to find new ways to use it. These look great as they combine 2 favorites... maple and pecans.... these will be great for the holidays... thanks for the recipe!

  16. Hi Patty! What a delightful post! I love the addition of maple syrup in the shortbread!! Really nice!

  17. Oh my goodness, collaboration between Lazaro and Natasha - the food world as we know it will never be the same. You two are sure to take it to the next level.

    These maple bars sound simple amazing. What a lovely taste that signals fall. I have certain flavors that remind me of the changing of the seasons and this is one.

  18. Hi Lazaro,
    New projects are an exciting proposition and I thank you ahead of time as I know they will be wonderful;) I also thank you for sharing Lazaro Cooks! with me for a time and all your gracious followers who have left such sweet and thoughtful comments. Cheers to the future at Lazaro Cooks!

  19. Lazaro, wonderful that you have Patty on board to share this lovely dessert! Looks really tempting. Would be just perfect for this cold weather :D Looking forward to your project.

  20. Ummm a sweet treat! I cannot wait to see what you and your crew are doing together, I know 5 Star is a worthy partner!

  21. Wow, these look too good!!!


  22. I love Patty's Food and seeing Patty posting some sweet stuff here :) I wish someone would bake me some gooey Maple Shortbread cookies like those! Look forward to yours and Natasha's collaboration!

  23. They look delicious and very tempting! Good job Patty and Lazaro also!

  24. Beautiful maple shortbread bars, Patty! I'll bet that filling tasted heavenly - I think I'd be licking out the bowl before the ingredients were even baked! Your shot of the corner piece just set me drooling because I love corner pieces best of all. Great recipe!

    Lazaro, c'mon, yo! Such a tease! What's up in the kitchen?? You know I rely on you and Denise for kitchen inspiration, so do tell!

  25. LOVE maple, pecans and any kind of cookie bar, Patty! Well done from a Michigander who loves maple anything and everything! Thanks!

  26. Oh, my G these look good! They are oozing with gooey buttery flavour. YUM! I think I gained weight just looking.

  27. Perfectly gooey. I'm not usually a shortbread person but I think that is because shortbread is not usually like this! I will be sure to raise this point next time someone offers me standard shortbread ;)

  28. Hello Patty,

    Nice to discover your baking skills here. Shortbread has long been a favourite of mine and even though I'm still addicted to the all butter Scottish version, these look so amazing that I think I have to give them a try. Nice autumnal flavours too.


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