Delta Bars

by Heather on June 6, 2011

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is something remarkably cool about beating egg whites.

It’s just so rewarding to go from that icky off-clear color to perfectly whipped foamy peaks in a matter of minutes.  Granted most of the time I do it with my mixer, but there have been a few times that I did it with a whisk by hand.

 

My arm was sore.  I don’t really do that anymore.  Except when I didn’t have time to workout.

Has anyone ever heard of Delta Bars before?  I was looking through some of the recipes I got from my mom at Christmas that belonged to my Mimi, my Grandma, and my Great-Aunt Clara.  Talk about a killer find too, these bars are so rich but since the top is made of only egg whites, a little sugar, and some pecans I figure it’s health food.

 

You know, because of the protein.

 

Right?

 

Hello?

Anyway, these bars are absolutely decadent with a sweet crunch from the meringue on top.  The bottom is a thin cookie-type crust that mellows out the sweetness of the whole dish. And by mellows out I mean makes it more sweet and delicious and gives the bar even more character than it already has.  All I have to say is don’t think you’re going to be getting a really pretty clean bar out of the deal…after they’ve cooled these guys are not the cleanest cut, but I say that just means you can eat more.

 

To even it out of course.

DELTA BARS

In a bowl combine 1 stick of room temperature butter with 1 cup of sugar.  Add in 2 egg yolks (reserve the whites), 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1 cup flour.  Mix until crumbly.  Press into a 9×13 pan (you might have to flour your fingers since the dough will be sticky.

Beat the 2 egg white until stiff, then slowly add 1 cup of loosely packed brown sugar.  Fold in 1 cup of chopped pecans.  Spread evenly over the crust.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until the top is set and golden brown (my oven is pretty fast so I only baked mine for 20 but the original recipe called for 30 minutes).

I’m said I only have one egg at the moment to make these again.  Good enough of a reason to hit up the store again!

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