An friend who studied at Le Cordon Bleu in France and taught culinary arts to students at a local vocational center shared this recipe with me several years ago. It's a favorite and scores big at brunches or great at the water cooler. The best part is it's portable when so many of us are hurried in the mornings. You can walk and eat without a plate, ok maybe a napkin. I guarantee you will love it! I used dark brown sugar in this recipe so the topping is darker. I usually use light brown sugar.
1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour 8" x 8" square pan.
2Separate the juice from the mandarin oranges, reserving the liquid.
3In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
Whisk egg and reserved juice from oranges.
Stir into the dry ingredients. Then fold in the oranges. Should resemble a barely pourable batter.
4Pour batter into the prepared pan.
5Combine the 1/2 c. of brown sugar and the 1/2 of nuts. Sprinkle over the top of the batter and bake in the center of the oven for 40-45 mins.
Cool on rack. Serve with dollop of whipped cream if desired.