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Pear Custard Bars
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (15 1/4 ounce) can pear halves, drained
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
: In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
Beat in the flour and vanilla extract until combined.
Stir in the nuts.
Press into a greased 8-inch square baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool on a wire rack.
Increase heat to 375 degrees F.
: In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
Add sugar, egg and vanilla extract; mix until combined.
Pour over crust.
Cut pears into 1/8-inch slices; arrange in a single layer over filling.
Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over pears.
Bake for 28 to 30 minutes (center will be soft set and will become firmer upon cooling).
Cool on a wire rack for 45 minutes.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting.
Store in the refrigerator.
Yields 16 bars.
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