Pecan Squares

Recipe By: Paula Deen

1 Vegetable cooking spray
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour -- plus more for dusting
4 eggs
1 box light brown sugar (1 pound)
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cup pecans -- chopped
1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13 by 9-inch pan with
vegetable oil cooking spray and dust with flour.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Stir in the brown sugar
until smooth. Pour into the top of a double boiler. Cook the mixture
over simmering water for 20 minutes, stirring constantly, until it
reaches the soft-ball stage on a candy thermometer, 240 degrees F.
Let cook for 5 minutes.

Sift the 1 1/2 cups of flour and baking powder together. Add pecans
to flour mixture. Stir into the cooked mixture. Add vanilla and stir
until combined. (The batter will be thin. ) Pour the batter into the
prepared pan and place the pan in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes.

Allow to cool completely in the pan before cutting into pieces. Store
in an airtight tin in the refrigerator.

Prep Time: 11 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 48 servings