Sticky Chewy Honey Mandelbrot
Halvah Honey Pecan Filling:
2 cups vanilla halvah, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 cup canola oil
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup broken pieces of vanilla halvah
1/2 cup ground pecans
1 tablespoon Davis Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups all purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line one large baking sheet with baking parchment and stack each one in another sheet the same side. (This is about a 15 by 21 inch sheet. If that will not fit in your oven, use two smaller sheets; method is the same)
For the filling, place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to make a sticky filling. Set aside.
In the same food processor (don't clean it), blend the oil, sugar, vanilla, and eggs together to blend. Add in the halvah, pecans, Davis Baking Powder, salt and flour and mix to make a thick dough, about 1-2 minutes.
Remove the dough and divide between the two baking sheets. Pat out half the dough on the baking sheet. Top half the filling. Top with remaining dough and press in remaining filling on top. (Wet your hands to do this and it is easier).
Smosh filling into the dough - mushing it all around.
Bake until set, about 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool 30 minutes . Cut into diagonal lengths about 1/2 inch thick.
Sweet pecans, vanilla halvah, and honey make this the ultra Mandelbrot for a sweet new year. Halvah is a sweet sesame Middle Eastern 'fudge' or confection. It comes off huge blocks in deli's or Middle Eastern Stores or packed in cans in the fine food sections. It is easily available online.