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Williamsburg Inn Pecan Bars. A pecan pie like filling seated on top of a lemony shortbread crust.
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Williamsburg Inn Pecan Bars

I found many interesting dishes and several we ordered in the taverns.  The recipe that caught my attention right away was Williamsburg Inn Pecan Bars.  It's a pecan pie like filling sitting on a lemony shortbread crust.


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon rind
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan chopped or halves


  • Crust:
  • Prepare one (9x9 inch) baking pan by spraying with baking spray or coat with oil and flour. Cream butter and sugar; add egg and lemon rind and beat well. Sift together flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture and beat well. Chill dough until firm. Press the dough in the bottom of the prepared pan. . The dough will be about 1/8 inch thick. Prick all over with a fork. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in a 375 degree oven until the dough looks half done. Remove and follow instructions for Pecan Topping.
  • topping:
  • Put butter, sugar and honey in a deep, heavy saucepan; boil and stir constantly for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool slightly and add cream and pecans, mix well. Spread the topping evenly over the surface of the partially baked sugar dough with a buttered wooded spoon or flexible spatula. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool and cut into 1 x 2 inch bars.
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