Vanilla Custard Magic Bars

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Powdered sugar, as needed, garnish

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 325º F and lightly grease an 8×8-inch baking dish with butter or non-stick spray.
  2. In a completely dry bowl or stand mixer, beat egg whites (making sure there is no yolk in the whites) until stiff peaks form, then set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks and powdered sugar until thickened and lightened in color.
  4. Add melted butter and 1 tablespoon water into ribbony egg yolk mixture until combined, 1-2 minutes.
  5. Gradually mix in flour and salt until evenly incorporated, then mix in milk and vanilla extract.
  6. Take 1/3 egg whites and fold it gently into batter. Once incorporated, fold in remaining egg whites.
  7. Pour batter into greased baking dish and place in oven.
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until center is just set, but still a little jiggly.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Optional: refrigerate to speed up chilling process.
  10. Slice into bars and dust with powdered sugar to serve. Enjoy!