Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pear Custard Bars

This was sent to me by my friend, Brandee. She tasted them at Bunco & thought they were divine. They sound yummy.

1/2 c butter, softened
1/3 c sugar
3/4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 c chopped macadamia nuts

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 can (15-1/4 ounces) pear halves, drained
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, cream butter & sugar until light & fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour to creamed mixture. Stir in the nuts. Press into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the sugar, egg & vanilla. Pour over crust. Cut pears into 1/8-in. slices; arrange in a single layer over filling. Combine sugar & cinnamon; sprinkle over pears. Bake at 375° for 28-30 minutes (center will be soft-set & will become firmer upon cooling). Cool on a wire rack for 45 minutes. Cover & refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting. Store in the refrigerator.

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