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Plum Good Pecan Bars

Crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. packed light brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp. finely grated orange zest
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, cut into small pieces

Topping
2 cups chopped dried plums
1 cup chopped pecans
3 eggs
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F. For crust, in medium bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, and orange zest. Cut in margarine with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mixture will be dry. Press mixture in bottom of greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake in lower third of oven for 10 to 12 minutes. For topping, sprinkle dried plums and pecans evenly over crust. Whisk together eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar, melted butter or margarine, and vanilla. Pour over crust. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until filling is firm around edges and slightly soft at center. Cool on wire rack. Cut into 32 bars.

 


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