Lightly pat the flour mixture into the bottom of the pan so the crust bakes evenly. Pine nuts can be expensive; pecans are a less pricey but equally delicious alternative.
2.7 ounces cake flour (about 2/3 cup)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
5/8 teaspoon salt, divided
3 ounces fat-free cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup pine nuts
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and 1/8 teaspoon salt, stirring with a whisk. Cut in cream cheese and butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer mixture to a 9-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray; pat mixture evenly into pan. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until lightly browned.
Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
Combine maple syrup and next 3 ingredients (through eggs), stirring with a whisk. Stir in pine nuts. Pour syrup mixture over crust, spreading nuts evenly over top. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until set. Cool. Cut into 25 squares.
After reading the first review, I almost didn't make these bars. But I'm glad I did. I brought them to a pot-luck holiday party. I cut them into small bite sized pieces. They looked very nice and tasted delicious. The reminded me of pecan pie, with a crust, caramel middle and a nut top. I use half the granulated sugar and it was sweet enough. I would make these bars again.