Mud Hens

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated (do not combine the whites)
  • cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt, if desired
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Put the butter into the bowl of an electric mixer and add the sugar. Beat until light and lemon-colored. Beat in 2 egg yolks and 1 egg white.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Sift this mixture over the butter-and-sugar mixture and fold it in. Beat in the vanilla.
  • Butter a baking tin measuring about 9 × 13 inches. Pour and scrape in the dough and smooth it over. Sprinkle evenly with the pecans.
  • Beat the remaining egg white until stiff. Gradually beat in the brown sugar. Pour and scrape this over the batter and smooth it over.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake 30 minutes or longer, until the cake is set. Cool on a rack and cut the cake into 1½-inch squares.
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