Chewy Hazelnut Bars

Chewy Hazelnut Bars

Makes 48 bars

A light cookie crust covered with a meringue-like hazelnut mixture. Very chewy and crunchy.

Crust:

2

cups

powdered sugar (icing)

6

ounces

170

grams

cup

butter 

6

ounces

170

grams

1

cup

all-purpose flour  (plain)

7

ounces

213

grams

3

large 

egg yolks

 

 

 

 

cup

cornstarch  (cornflour)

2

ounces  

60

grams

1

tsp

rum extract

 

 

7.5

ml

tsp

salt 

 

 

1.2

ml

Topping:

2

cups

chopped hazelnuts

8

ounces  

225

grams

2

Tbs

brown sugar, light; packed

1

ounce

30

grams

2

Tbs

light corn syrup (golden syrup)

 

 

30

ml

3

large

egg whites

 

 

 

 

Preheat oven to 355F [177C]. Lightly butter a 10” x 15”[25 cm x 38 cm] jelly roll pan.
Cream butter. Beat in eggs and rum extract.
Sift in confectioners' sugar, mixing thoroughly.
Sift flour, cornstarch and salt together. Add to butter mixture and stir until blended.
Press batter evenly into buttered baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

While baking, mix hazelnuts, corn syrup and light brown sugar together and set aside.
In small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
Fold in nut mixture. After bars have baked 15 minutes, remove pan and raise oven temp. to 375F [190C].
Spread topping evenly and smoothly over partially baked bars.
Return to oven and bake another 15 minutes, until nuts are golden brown.
Cool on racks. Cut into bars while still warm.

STORAGE: Airtight one week, Freeze for two months.

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