1/2 teaspoon Florida orange zest
5 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup Florida sugar
3 extra large eggs
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 pounds Florida pecans, coarsely chopped
1 cup Florida orange blossom honey
1 1/2 teaspoons Florida orange zest
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 pound unsalted butter
3 cups light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To prepare crust, beat butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy (approximately 3 minutes). Mix in eggs, vanilla and orange zest. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the batter on low speed until just combined. Do not overmix. Sprinkle the dough and your hands lightly with flour. Press the dough (it will be very sticky) evenly into an ungreased 18 x 12 x 1-inch baking sheet, making an edge around the outside. Bake for 15 minutes until the crust is set but not browned and allow to cool.
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