While meringue is no longer in the repertoire of most home cooks, it is truly easy to prepare -- after all, it's simply whipped egg whites and sugar. And sometimes, it plays the starring role, as it does in these two-layer nut snacks, a retro dessert and the perfect, period-appropriate treat to enjoy while glued to the much anticipated fifth season of Mad Men.
First, a simple butter crust is pressed into the pan. Next the meringue -- made with brown sugar, a very unusual addition, and nuts -- is placed on top.
Spread the layer of meringue to cover the entire crust. Pop it into a 350 degree the oven.
When cool, cut into squares. Serve and enjoy. And be glad you're not Don or Betty Draper.
Production note: I used an 8 x 8 square pan, though you can use one a bit larger. Set the oven to 350 degrees, and the whites will whip up with more volume if they're at room temperature.