These bars are so good, I just had to get the recipe from my sister-in-law Kristen so I could make this for my family during the holidays. Now my mom wants the recipe, too, because she loved this so much.
The macadamia nut crust is what makes these so delicious, but you can make the crust using pecans or almonds, too. Actually, the cream cheese custard filling and pears make it delicious, too -- like a cheese cake bar. I wonder what it would be like using peaches...
Pear custard bars (makes 16)
--- for the crust ---
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
--- for the filling and topping ---
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can (15-1/4 ounces) pear halves, drained
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1.) In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the flour and vanilla until combined.
2.) Stir in nuts.
3.) Press into a greased 8-inch-square baking pan. (I used a pan that was rectangular.)
4.) Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
5.) Increase heat to 375. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
6.) Add sugar, egg and vanilla, and mix until combined. Pour over crust.
7.) Cut pears into 1/8 inch slices, and arrange in a single layer over filling.
8.) Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over pears.
9.) Bake at 375 for 28-30 minutes. The center will be soft, but it will become firmer upon cooling.
10.) Cool on a wire rack for 45 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting. Store in refrigerator.