Thursday, August 06, 2009

Mud Hens

Mud Hens

Yes, Mud Hens. Don't ask me why; a quick Google search yielded no satisfactory answers (other than a similar recipe), and the cookbook I found them in offers no insight, either. It's one of my grandmother's old church cookbooks - from the church I grew up in, but published long before I was ever a twinkle in my mother's eye. I love these cookbooks - I have almost all of them, save the most recent. They're impossible to find anymore! But I have my scouts on the lookout at area garage sales and flea markets. This particular cookbook was obviously well-loved; it has the stains, notes and taped spine to prove it. I love finding Maw Maw's handwriting in unexpected places - it's like a treasure hunt, really.

Mud Hens

I was repeatedly asked at work, "What are these?" One coworker helped me with that answer: "I'll tell you what they are," he said, "they're your ticket outta here." If only it were that easy! But I appreciated the compliment, nonetheless.

Mud Hens

It's a really interesting recipe - so few ingredients but loads of taste. The dough, if that's what you want to call it, is very thin, and I had doubts of whether it would grow to be anything. But I'm happy to say my doubts were unfounded, because the thin batter became a crisp, candy-like bed for some amazing but simple topping. I mean really, does it get much better than pecans and brown sugar? I think not.

Mud Hens

We're off this week to the sun and sand of sparkling Carolina beaches! I plan to cook a lot, read a lot, play with Cash a lot and forget that I ever have to come home. I'll also be somewhat glumly be entering a new decade (30), so if you're so inclined feel free to pray that my spirits are lifted on Friday! It goes without saying that posting and visiting will be light around here the next week or so, but I promise to return and read all about your goodies soon enough!

Mud Hens
Maw Maw's Old Church Cookbook
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1/2 Cup butter
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 and a 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp. baking powder

1 Cup chopped nuts
1 Cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350*.
2. Sift dry ingredients.
3. Beat together 1 whole egg plus the yolk of the other. (Save your egg white! You'll use it later.)
4. Cream butter and sugar together, add egg mixture. Blend in sifted dry ingredients and vanilla.
5. Spread the thick mixture about 1/3 in. thick in greased shallow baking pan such as a jelly roll pan.
6. Mix unbeaten egg white with brown sugar and nuts and spread as evenly as possible over the mixture.
7. Bake in 350* oven about 20 minutes or until done. Cut into squares while still warm.

11 comments:

  1. YUM! This looks so unusual but really REALLY good! I think I might just have to throw this together and perhaps drop in a few chocolate chips or toffee bits? Not that it needs it but hey, everyone can use more chocolate, right? Thanks for posting this - love the unusual recipes!

    Oh - and happiest of birthdays (early). And welcome to the 30-is-the-new-20 club. It's not so bad. You have a lot to be thankful for and proud of in your first 3 decades!

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  2. HA! I'm an ol' lady compared to you! I'm pushing the BIG 4-0, just three more years! :((

    Let's talk about more exciting things like this recipe. Looks good and sounds GREAT! I'm all about brown sugar and nuts.

    Just so you know Abby this reminded me that I'm missing something very important from my life and that's MawMaw's Ol' Fashion Butterscotch Cake. Keep lookin', girlfriend! On a more serious note I did try googling it but no luck.:(

    Enjoy your vacation and Happy 30th Birthday!
    ~ingrid

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  3. This is the first time I hear about time and they look sssooo yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

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  4. Yum...these look so tempting! Delicious. Have a great trip and b-day!

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  5. Hey Mud Hen! What a fun name for a sweet--and for someone who is entering into the 3rd decade. Welcome to the club, friend!

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  6. Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest. These sound delicious. One of my favorite desserts is my great great grandma's fruit cobbler. Very easy and I always think of her when I bake it.

    Have a great vacation and Happy Birthday! 30 isn't so bad (just turned it myself in June!). ;) Enjoy your day!

    Deanne

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  7. Yo, Abby! :) I blogged about your cobbler and linked back to ya! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Hope you're having a blast...
    ~ingrid

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  8. Hi Abby! This looks wonderful! And fixing it to our church small group sounds like a good idea... Oh how was your birthday? We're 10 years apart hehe. Take care. Enjoy the beach!

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  9. Abby... help!!! I can't stop eating this!!! It is so good! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  10. I made these last week for one of my fellow residents while she was on call. The next day there were only two left. Guess they liked them!

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  11. These look really good. And I love the name.

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