Today’s Saturday Sweet is made with pears. Pears are not as commonly used in baked goods as are apples. I don’t know why, they certainly are every bit as good. I am trying to remedy that by posting a few recipes from my files for cookies made with pears.
Today’s recipe is for Chocolate Marbled Pear Bars. This is a cake-like bar filled with chopped pears and walnuts topped by marbled melted chocolate chips. Pears and chocolate really do make a great combination.
The original recipe which I clipped from our local newspaper many years ago used drained, canned pears. I prefer to use ripe fresh pears when they are in season but do used the canned ones when fresh pears are out of season. I don't limit my self to using Bartlett pears so use other varieties also. They all work well.
Chocolate Marbled Pear Bars
2 cans (1 lb. ea.) Bartlett pear halves or 3 to 4 medium to large pears
1 c. butter
2/3 c. granulated sugar
2/3 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 t. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. sifted flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 c. chopped toasted walnuts or pecans
1/2 c. chocolate chips, melted
If using canned pears, drain well. Chop pears into about 1/2-inch dice. Melt butter in a large saucepan or in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Add sugars and mix well. Stir in the eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour and baking powder. Stir into liquid mixture. Fold in pears and walnuts. Pour into a greased 9x13-inch baking pan. Drizzle melted chocolate over the batter and marble with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees about 40 minutes. Cool and cut into bars. Makes about 3 dozen.
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