This is a recipe that I have been baking for years and years and years. It is one of my favourite all time bars and something which my family always loved during their growing up years.
Its an old handwritten recipe that is splotched and splattered which speaks volumes as to just how very beloved and good these squares actually are!
What you have is a beautifully moist caramel flavoured cake base . . .
With a totally scrumptious walnut filled brown sugar meringue topping!
The two together make for total bliss. Break out the tea pot! You will want to enjoy these with a nice hot cuppa!
Makes one 8 by 12 inch pan
These have long been my absolute favourite bars. I've been making these since my kiddies were kiddies! Delicious brown sugar cake base, gooey brown sugar and nut meringue topping. For those with a sweet tooth.
114g butter, softened (1/2 cup)
400g soft light brown sugar (2 cups packed), divided
2 tsp vanilla, divided
1/2 tsp salt
2 large free range eggs, separated
175g of plain flour (1 1/4 cups)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
115g of chopped walnuts (1 cup)
Preheat the oven to 160*C/300*F/ gas mark 3. Butter an 8 by 12 inch baking tin really well. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and half of the sugar (200g/1cup) until light and smooth. Beat in the salt along with half of the vanilla and the egg yolks. Sift together the baking powder and flour. Stir this into the creamed mixture to combine well. Spread into the prepared pan.
Whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk until soft peaks form. Continue to whisk, whilst adding the remaining brown sugar a bit at a time. Whisk until all is incorporated. Stir in the chopped walnuts and remaining 1 tsp of vanilla. Spread this mixture over the cake base in the tin.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. Allow to cool completely in the tin before removing and cutting into bars.
Colour these impossible to resist and quite dangerous! Bon Appetit!