Maple pecan slice

Pecans and maple syrup are a winning combination, especially when paired with pastry and a dollop of vanilla ice-cream! 

Maple pecan bars

Maple pecan slice

Serves: 24 slices | Cook time: 40 mins | Prep time: 30 

Ingredients

Brown sugar shortbread base:

  • 170g (3/4 cup) vegan margarine
  • 73g (1/3 cup) soft light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 320g (2 1/4 cups) plain white flour

Maple pecan filling:

  • 170g (3/4 cup) vegan margarine
  • 113g (1/3 cup) maple syrup
  • 200g (1 cup) soft light brown sugar
  • Zest of 1 small orange
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 375g (3 cups) of roughly chopped pecans
  • 3 Tbsp coconut cream
Method
  1. Grease a 9×13″ tray bake pan and preheat the oven to 180c/360f.
  2. For the shortbread base, cream together the margarine and the sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla and add about half of the flour in,  mixing together with a spoon. Add in the rest of the flour and mix in- it may be easier to do it with your hands.
  3. Once mixed you should have a slightly crumbly mixture that can be pressed into your baking tray. Press the shortbread base into the pan so it covers the bottom and goes about 1″ up the sides of the pan. You can smooth it over with the back of a metal measuring cup or a spoon.
  4. Bake for about 8-10 minutes until just firm but not browned.
  5. Now to make the filling! Grab a large heavy bottomed pan and add the sugar, syrup, margarine and zest, over a gentle heat melt and stir together.
  6. Once the margarine is melted and incorporated bring the mixture to a boil and boil for about 3-4 minutes. Then remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract, coconut cream and pecans.
  7. Carefully pour into the brown sugar shortbread crust and spread out evenly, bake for 30 minutes until the filling is firmer and cool completely before placing in the fridge for a little while, so its nice and firm before you slice it.
  8. Slice and enjoy!

For all your vegan pantry needs go to TheVeganKind Supermarket or for cookware check out Debenhams.

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