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Wholesome Maple Walnut Squares

Wholesome Maple Walnut Squares

The maple sap is flowing and the sugar shacks are humming. So in a nod to sap season, we thought we’d share a recipe for one of our favorite maple treats. Imagine pecan pie, but pecan pie that you can eat with your hands, and that has walnuts instead of pecans, and a strong blast of maple. Doesn’t that make you happy?

Always engaged in the quest of making yummy food that is wholesome too, we have played around with the refined ingredients that might usually be used in a recipe like this. We have swapped out half of the white flour with whole grain flour, and we use maple sugar instead of granulated. If you can’t find maple sugar (which is available in health food or gourmet stores), you can use organic brown sugar instead. If you like a crust with a little more texture and a boost in fiber, add 1/2 cup whole rolled oats.

Crust
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup maple sugar

Filling
1/2 cup maple sugar
1 cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

2. Mix flour and sugar, and cut in butter until crumbly. Press into baking pan.

3. Bake 15 minutes and allow to cool.

4. In a saucepan over medium low heat, place maple sugar and maple syrup and simmer for 5 minutes.

5. In a medium bowl, gently beat eggs and add vanilla. Pour hot syrup mixture steadily over the eggs, whisking constantly. Add flour and salt.

6. Pour maple mixture over crust, add walnuts, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool, cut into squares, and serve.

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By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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5:03AM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Sounds great thanks

8:11AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Sounds great! Thanks for the recipe.

8:08AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

yum

11:55AM PST on Nov 7, 2011

this sounds fantastic - looks like I'm going to have to go buy some maple sugar!

9:34PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Big too much sweetener for me, but looks lovely.

7:24AM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Very rich in allergens. Yuk.

1:08AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Love the recipe. Thanks for posting.

3:49AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Thankyou.

1:40PM PDT on Sep 18, 2010

Mmmmmm sounds so good, Thank you for sharing.

4:42AM PDT on Aug 4, 2010

Thanks for the article.

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