Due to some issues with ingredients I did have to modify the recipe - I'll make those designations in the recipe itself. All in all I didn't actually enjoy these bars as much as I thought I would. Good for my waistline I guess. However, Grant, my husband and my father-in-law thought they were great. Clark left some on his plate so I take that to mean he wasn't a fan either. So, you may just have to try them yourself to decide. (Note: they seem to get better if left to sit overnight)
I think part of my reasoning for not enjoying them as much was the recipe reminded me very much of my mom's Apple Slices. Very similar look and method but maybe the apples just add the right amount of sweet/tart that the pear's didn't provide. Everything about the recipe technically turned out just right - good consistency, ate like a bar as stated, good aroma, pretty appearance.
Before moving on to the recipe I just have to tell this little story. Clark was helping me with the recipe this afternoon and he would ask me what the instructions said to do next. At one point he asked, "Mommy, does it say next to take a picture?" Observant boy - he's so used to the camera in the kitchen I didn't think he noticed it anymore. I explained that the pictures were a step mommy added for fun. His 4 year old response, "Well, we would get it in the oven a lot faster without those steps." So true my boy, so true!
Five Spice Pear Pie Bars from the 2011 Better Homes and Gardens Fall Baking magazine.
3 Cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup shortening (used butter flavored shortening)
1/2 Cup cold butter (used unsalted butter)
2 egg yolks, beaten
1/3 Cup milk
2 Tablespoons water
6 Cups peeled, cored, and thinly sliced ripe pears (about 6 - 7 medium)
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup crushed cornflakes (if I try again might use oatmeal instead)
1 teaspoon five-spice powder (was unable to find this so used 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg)
1 1/2 Cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 - 2 Tablespoons milk
For pastry, in a large bowl combine flour, sugar and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening and butter until pieces are pea sized. In small bowl whisk together the yolks and milk. Gradually stir the egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture, tossing with a fork to moisten. Sprinkle 1 - 2 tablespoons of the water over the mixture, gently tossing until all of the mixture is moistened. Gather mixture together. Divide pastry into two portions, making one portion slightly larger than the other. Wrap and chill until needed.
For filling, in an extra large bowl combine pears, sugar, cornflakes and the five-spice powder (or other spices). Set aside.
My goal was to make these on Tuesday so I could have the post pre written and ready to go on Thursday morning. However, the boys ate all the pears I had bought for the recipe so I had Alan purchase some pears to bring home Monday night but should have specified they needed to be ripe. Then my internet connection broke down on Thursday when trying to post. So, finally its up and ready!