This is an old recipe I found in a cookbook on Mennonite food. It's super simple and straightforward but absolutely delectable. The original version of the recipe calls for plain melted butter. I decided to up the flavor profile a bit by using brown butter. Browning butter is one of those simple little things that can really bump up the flavor of a recipe.
To brown butter you just need a light colored small pan. You need a light color (not non-stick) because you must watch the color of the butter carefully lest you burn it. To brown the butter place it in the pan and turn the heat up to medium. Gently swirl the pan while watching the butter. You'll see it foam up as the butter fat separates and then you'll notice brown specks begin to appear in the bottom of the pan. Keep swirling until the butter becomes a golden brown color. Remove it quickly from the heat and pour into your mixing bowl with the sugar. Let it sit for about 5 or 10 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients so it cools somewhat. You'll notice the wonderful nutty aroma of the butter as you work.
I love the butterscotch flavors in this recipe which are achieved with a minimum of ingredients. I opted to top mine with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar but you could also drizzle with a little butterscotch or caramel sauce and serve warm. This would make a great complement to butter pecan ice cream!
So, have a go at this old recipe for a great summertime treat!
A great old recipe filled with butterscotch flavor!
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Yield: 9 squares
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, browned (see text above)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts (or pecans)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Pre-heat oven to 350° and line an 8x8-inch baking pan with an aluminum foil sling. Grease and set aside.
- Brown butter and add to sugar in bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Mix well. Allow to cool slightly (about 5 minutes). Add egg and mix until incorporated.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and add to butter/sugar mixture. Mix well.
- Add vanilla extract and walnuts and mix until a soft dough forms.
- Spread mixture into prepared pan being sure to smooth it evenly into all corners.
- Place in pre-heated oven and bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and then lift out of pan using foil sling. Cut into squares while still warm.