Maple Pecan Squares
This is the second recipe that Lindsay asked for. They are maple syrup flavored cake squares with a handful of crushed pecans in the cake. Of course, you could use any nuts in the cake, or no nuts, or raisins, or any chopped dried fruit. You could also substitute honey for the maple syrup for a different flavor.
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1 cup (I use my hand to measure, so it’s probably closer to 2 cups) pecans
For the icing:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
About 1 cup maple syrup
350 F. 8”x8” metal baking pan, lined with cooking parchment and sprayed with cooking spray.
Whisk together flour, oat bran, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, maple syrup, butter, and eggs. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until it springs back when lightly prodded with a fingertip.
To make the icing, beat the confectioner’s sugar with an electric mixer adding enough maple syrup to make it flow.
Cool cake. Turn out onto serving platter. Cut into sixteen squares, and then drizzle with maple icing.