Chocolate pecan pie bars

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With finals over, I can now start avoiding job applications and pick back up with blogging. Just because 50% of my grades depended on the final test, doesn’t mean I stopped baking. Nothing relieves stress like passive aggressive egg cracking, and I also must admit I took part in some major raw dough eating in hopes of contracting deadly enough salmonella to get out of my econ test.

No such luck.

Back to baking, these pecan pie bars are inspired by my recent trip to the restaurant Uncle. In (presumable…) ode to their Asian roots the pecan pie featured Chinese five spice whipped cream. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I added a healthy teaspoon of five spices to my own pie’s shortbread base. I found that the savory flavor really balanced out the intense sweetness of the chocolate and caramel topping; so, s/o to Uncle’s pastry chef for the inspiration and subsequent recipe compliments.

Find the recipe for chocolate pecan pie bars here, and don’t forget to add the five spice!

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