Monday, September 24, 2012

Baking Sweet Memories

I love this time of year. When fall rolls around I get even more excited about baking than I do any other time of the year. Summer ends and the real baking begins. The last months of the year are full of special reasons to spend time with family, share smiles, and bake sweet memories.

Pecan Pies

One of my favorite baking memories is making pecan pies with my uncle. We make them every year around Christmas but I thought I’d share the recipe with you again a little early this year. It’s too good to wait until December.

My grandmother used to make these pecan pies. Her recipe made three perfect pies at a time. She made them every year for family and friends. She loved it. And when she became less able to keep up with the same quantity of pies she liked to make, my uncle Ronnie became the official pie maker. He doesn’t bake and he’s not really a dessert guy but he makes a mean pecan pie. He’s been making them now for well over a decade since my grandmother passed away. He’s continued making them every year for friends and family to carry on his Mama’s tradition. And now I bake with him every year I can and if not I make sure to bake them in my own kitchen. It’s our family’s way of keeping her with us during the holidays.

And the pies are delicious too, so that’s awesome.

Mini Pies

Of course, I had to put my touch on them and make them mini. Major cute. But I still wrap them just like she did. Simple and sweet. I love these refrigerated and I eat them like a giant pecan pie cookie.

Here’s the recipe how my grandmother made it and here’s a link to the original post with step-by-step photos demonstrated by my uncle and a little more about my grandmother.

And keep scrolling for a fun giveaway below…


Mama’s Pecan Pies
Makes 3 pies or about 32 individual pies

16 oz. pecans
2 sticks margarine
16 oz. package light brown sugar
1 heaping tablespoon (serving tablespoon, not measuring spoon) self-rising flour
16 oz. bottle Karo light corn syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla
6 eggs
3 regular size (not deep dish) frozen pie crusts – or make your own (enough for 3)

  • Melt margarine in the microwave for about 2 minutes or until melted and set aside.
  • Prepare your pecans. Remove any unwanted dark brown pieces from the pecan crevices and shake out pecan crumbs in a colander.
  • Place brown sugar in a large bowl. Work out any lumps with the back of a spoon. If the brown sugar is too hard, you can loosen it up in the microwave. Heat it for a few seconds and it will be fine.
  • Add a heaping serving tablespoon of self-rising flour and stir until the flour disappears into the brown sugar.
  • Add the bottle of corn syrup. Then add 1 serving tablespoon of vanilla and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Add melted margarine. Fold carefully into the mixture so it doesn’t splatter. Fold until the margarine is thoroughly worked in and disappears.
  • In a separate bowl, crack open six eggs. Remove the “roosters” and loosely beat the eggs with your spoon.
  • Fold the eggs into the pie mixture until they disappear.
  • Add pecans and stir until completely coated.
  • Remove three pie shells from the freezer at this point and check for cracks. (If you do have a crack, thaw and knead the crack together and refreeze.)
  • Pour the mixture evenly into the three shells. You’ll probably have a little bit leftover in the bowl. Tap tops with a spoon to check consistency and make sure there is the same amount in each pie. Redistribute pecans if necessary to make equal.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350. Cook pies until they swell and then fall. At that point they are done.
  • Remove and cool for about three hours to set. Store on the counter or in the refrigerator depending on how you like your pie. Or eat right away and really warm – the pie just won’t hold it’s shape at this point but it will be amazing.
  • For mini pies: chop pecans, use mini frozen pie shells, removing them from the freezer as needed and bake in three batches on a baking sheet for about 35 minutes each. I’m guesstimating the time. Watch them and make sure they are done.



And now, I’d love for you to share your favorite baking memory.

Holiday or any day.

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Maria Steele said...

I remember when my mom used to make pionono ( colombian dessert) And after she was done making the frosting I will eat the leftover frosting from the bowl…

September 24, 2012 02:08 AM
Ellen W said...

My favorite baking memory occurs almost every year; baking cookies every christmas for santa where my whole family would sit down and decorate the sugar cookies together until way past our bed times. I’m sure that part of the was because my parents didn’t want me to get them up at 5 in the morning!

September 24, 2012 02:12 AM
Brittany said...

I remember during the holiday season I would go over to my friend’s house and bake cookies and other desserts with his mom. She always overbaked and taught me a bunch of new recipes I still use to this day. I always loved mixing batters and doughs together and listening to the stories of where each recipe originated from. It was very peaceful and always makes me think of the holidays.

September 24, 2012 02:12 AM
Nina said...

Sophomore year of college, a week before Halloween, the roomies and I carved pumpkins and baked pumpkin seeds. We had four whole pumpkins worth, and made a bunch of different flavored seeds. Delicious holiday snack!

September 24, 2012 02:12 AM
Nalani said...

I loved baking sugar cookies for Christmas and then decorating them as a family!

September 24, 2012 02:12 AM
Diana said...

One of my favorite memories is, helping my mother with the pies. Our favorite was apple pie from scratch.

September 24, 2012 02:13 AM
Fernanda said...

My Mom taught me hoe to cook and how to bake. She passed away 4 months ago, but I’ll carry her memory with her delicious recipes :)

September 24, 2012 02:16 AM
Eunice said...

I’ve always hated and been so scared of baking… Then one day, out of nowhere, I decided I wanted to make my own cookies and did! I did it and wondered why I’ve been so scared of this!! Now, I love making cookies! :)

September 24, 2012 02:17 AM
DESIREE said...

My best baking memory is having a Christmas baking day with my Mom, we made 5 different batches of cookies to give away to friends.

September 24, 2012 02:18 AM
BeckyCharms said...

My favorite baking moment was the first time my daughter, Holiday, and I baked some Oatmeal Banana Bread.. it was this time last year.. she was 2 1/2. She has always been right by my side in the kitchen, and helping her discover and explore her talents is a dream come true. Kids do have a place in the kitchen and are very capable of doing many baking tasks. I’ll never forget that first moment together with her, making baking memories to treasure for a lifetime.

September 24, 2012 02:18 AM
Chloe K. said...

My mom used to make cheesecake for restaurants when she was younger and one year she decided to show me how she makes them (because, trust me, they are the best cheesecakes). She actually arranged for a restaurant up the block to buy some of them so we ended up making a bunch and selling them just like she used to!

September 24, 2012 02:18 AM
Missy P said...

My best friend and I get together before Christmas to bake and decorate dozens of cookies for our families to enjoy during the holidays.

September 24, 2012 02:19 AM
Susan said...

Baking toll-house cookies with my dad!
Not trying to suck-up, really!

September 24, 2012 02:22 AM
Kelsea Beth said...

My favorite baking memory is, every thanksgiving and Christmas, my Mom, sister, and I are always the ones chosen to make the deserts for Grandmas house, (it for about 50-65 people and thats just our family). We do this every single year and make a few pecan pies and pumpkin pies, a double chocolate cake, a few fluffy cheesecakes, and 1 special mincemeat pie for my grandpa. It is a lot of baking and takes a good amount of time but we always have fun while we make them!

September 24, 2012 02:25 AM
April said...

I always loved to bake. When I was in 5 th grade and home alone with my brother and sister I decided I wanted to make donuts using a recipe from Betty Crocker. Never having made them before I filled a large pot full of oil and set the heat to high. I continued making my dough and was so proud of myself. I had all the donuts cut out and my cinnamon sugar made. Before I knew it the oil was overflowing and the kitchen was on fire. I ran screaming out of the house leaving my siblings behind. I fell down the stairs running to the neighbors who came and put a lid on the pot. We were all fine but our kitchen and living room walls were covered in black smoke. We quickly sponged mopped the walls before our parents got home. It wasn’t pretty just smeared grey muck. I remember my dad getting home first and sitting in a chair taking taking his work boots off and him looking puzzled. I confessed trying to include my brother and sister in the “story” as to lessen the guilt. He was grateful we were all ok and had us continue scrubbing the walls. I contined to practice my culinary craft as a youngster and later went on to attend Western Culinary Institute in Portland.

September 24, 2012 02:27 AM
Bekah said...

Last year, my mom and I instituted our first baking day! A few days before Christmas we invited all of the women in our family to spend the day baking all of the goodies for Christmas. We had so much fun and is already on the calendar for this Christmas as well!

September 24, 2012 02:31 AM
Pamela said...

I just lost my Grandma 3 weeks ago and I loved making bread with her! I do this every week for my kids. They refuse to eat a sandwich on any other bread!

September 24, 2012 02:32 AM
Malin from Finland said...

My favourite memory is how i always snuck into the kitchen when my mom was away (unfortunately she was home a lot, something I didn’t appreciate enough at the time) and made crazy baking experiments. I mixed all the good things I found in the cupboards, baked weird cookies (or just ate the batter) and tried to hide the evidence of my baking sprees by washing the greasy dishes in the bathroom sink with ordinary soap (don’t ask me why I didn’t do it in the kitchen, I have no idea. Probably because the sink there was full of other, equally greasy kitchen tools). My mom was not too happy about it but taught me how to bake real things, and today, at the age of 32, I am a happy, baking mom myself, with two daughters who are probably going to drive me crazy with their baking experiments in a couple of years. Baking karma at its best.

September 24, 2012 02:33 AM
Wendy said...

I love those pies! I have a fondmemories memories of them already. I do have another memory though. My older sister and I were attempting to make blondies one Sunday afternoon by ourselves. We had already borrowed chocolate chips from a neighbor and we discovered we were out of a few other key ingredients. We decided we could make a few substitutions. Let’s just say milk mixed with sugar and vanilla is NOT the same as sweetened condensed milk. They were probably the grossest treat I have ever made, but what a funny memory!

September 24, 2012 02:34 AM
Tabitha Niemann said...

My dad & I used to bake cookies all the time!

September 24, 2012 02:34 AM
Gospodarnanarzeczona said...

I loved baking with my grandmother whatever it was. And especially when we were making a small cookies filled with wild roses jam.

September 24, 2012 02:34 AM
Jessica said...

My mom made Christmas sugar cookies with us as kids once, and only once, because they’re so messy. That is my favorite baking memory. :)

September 24, 2012 02:36 AM
Norma Monroy said...

My favorite memory was when my grandmother would come visit my family during the holidays and she would come with baked gifts. She made us such delicious melt in your mouth cininim cookies, that to this day no one can match. Once we would run out of them she would get to work and make us a fresh batch. I wish I could remember all the ingredients she used. So I could attempt to make them, but I was young and more anxious about eating them then making them because those cookies were heavenly.

September 24, 2012 02:39 AM
Sarah said...

My mom baked “brown bread,” using the recipe her mom made. The smell of bread filling the house is still one of my favorite aromas, and even though I’ve lived all over the world, I still love to make the same family recipe.

Every time my mom made it, she would take one bite, sigh, and say, “It just isn’t as good as when my mom made it.” We said it couldn’t be true.

Now when I make it, I take one bite, sight, and say, “It just isn’t as good as when my mom makes it.” My husband said it couldn’t be true.

Until he had my mom’s.
Then he said I was right, and that in a few generations we probably should just stop making it because it won’t be worth eating at this rate.

September 24, 2012 02:40 AM
Chrissy said...

In our family, favored baking was all about pies. We usually would rather eat pie than cake. My mom’s favorite was lemon meringue, my dad’s was chocolate cream, my next brother’s was cherry. Mine was coconut cream with toasted coconut meringue and my mom baked it for me for my birthday for as long as she was able.

September 24, 2012 02:43 AM
Maria Corderman said...

Making cupcake batter with my 5 yr old daughter

September 24, 2012 02:44 AM
Megan said...

Favorite baking memory is making cutout cookies for Christmas in our little trailer in Alaska with my brothers!

September 24, 2012 02:45 AM
Lindsay B said...

One of mine would have to be getting together with all my female cousins and decorating cakes for our grandmothers Birthday party!

September 24, 2012 02:45 AM
S Hada said...

My mom didn’t bake from scratch but I always remember baking cookies from the roll from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. I still remember them till this day but these days I try to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch!

September 24, 2012 02:46 AM
Cheryl said...

Our family tradition is fudge. We invite one family over for a sugar-filled evening. Usually, we make about 100 pounds of fudge. The counters are filled with marshmallow, sugar, chocolate chips. We have tables set up for cooling and packaging. Then we give it all away (well, not all…we do enjoy a bit of it!)- just bring it all in baskets and have the kids run around at church giving it away to anyone and everyone.

September 24, 2012 02:47 AM
Jennie Lund said...

Baking Christmas cookies with my best friend in High school. We’d spend hours baking and decorating them!

September 24, 2012 02:49 AM
Kandie said...

Hand pulling taffy with my mom!

September 24, 2012 02:51 AM
Gina said...

When I was little, my mother, sister and I would bake up dozens upon dozens of Christmas cookies. It seems this tradition fell through the cracks when we moved (I was in 6th grade). I recently found a cookbook at the bookstore with updated versions of all the cookies we used to make, and I cannot wait until my kids are old enough to share this tradition with them!

September 24, 2012 02:53 AM
sarah reyna said...

My favorite baking memory would have to be the first time I baked home make from scratch cupcakes for my family. I was so proud! and my husband loved them!

September 24, 2012 02:55 AM
Danielle said...

My best memory was when I was making cookies with a girlfriend, and she had never used a mixer before mi gave her the recipe for chocolate chip cookies, and she just read the ingredient list and dumped it all into the bowl together! And she couldn’t understand why it wasn’t combining!! Lol!

September 24, 2012 02:55 AM
Mandy said...

My mother doesn’t bake. I have the cooking & baking itch since my grandpa was a baker. Last Thanksgiving, I cooked chicken & dumplings, one of my favorite comfort meals. Then, I baked a pumpkin angel food cake. It was a tasty and perfect for the fall season!

September 24, 2012 02:55 AM
Megan said...

Certainly baking and decorating cutout cookies with my brothers at Christmas!

September 24, 2012 02:57 AM
Katy S. said...

I remember making my grandma’s spiced chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with my mom every holiday season. We would bake things all year round, but those cookies always remind me of holiday baking.

September 24, 2012 02:59 AM
Kate B said...

The time when I was little and I swapped the proportions of sugar vs flour in brownies… and my family ate it anyway, crumbled over ice cream!

September 24, 2012 03:00 AM
Kelli said...

My mother was an inspiration in the kitchen. My babysitter said it was OK to make cookies while my mom was working one day. I read the recipe & was confused by 1/2 tsp soda. We didn’t have any POP in the house. I subbed it for Kool-Aid. I figured 1/2 tsp was tooooo small for this tasty recipe that my mom had in her special recipe box. I added at least 1/2 cup. WORST COOKIES EVER.

But, the lesson? Baking = science. Mom’s cookies = the best when cooked by mom.

September 24, 2012 03:03 AM
Heather S. said...

My favorite baking memory is one of my Dad and myself when I was a little girl. Every Saturday morning he would get up at the crack of dawn (or so it seemed that way to me as a kid) and while I was out in the living room watching Saturday morning cartoons (Smurfs, Snorks, etc.), Dad was in the kitchen making me ‘Smiley Face Pancakes’. They were the coolest pancakes ever! It was always a thing I looked forward to and a memory that will always stay with me. <3

September 24, 2012 03:03 AM
Katherine said...

The first time I successfully made chocolate chip cookies–surprisingly, harder than it should have been! Picking at the too-hot cookies as they sat cooling on the tray and devouring the gooey goodness was… awesome.

September 24, 2012 03:04 AM
Melinda said...

My favorite baking memory is visiting my great-grandmother when I was very young and experiencing first hand her homemade hot fudge sauce over homemade vanilla ice cream. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet her many times before she died when I was 7 but a few days after her funeral, a box came for me in the mail. We opened it and inside was my great-grandmother’s favorite apron with her handwritten recipe for the hot fudge sauce. 25 years later those are still two of my most prized possessions. Now I have the privilege of watching my young kids enjoy Grandma Ruthie’s famous fudge sauce while telling them my memories of visiting her when I was their age.

September 24, 2012 03:05 AM
Sarah said...

My favorite baking memory would have to be helping my Nana out with the pies every year since I was little. Since we go apple picking it’s usually apple pies, but we have been known to do a blueberry pie on occasion. We freeze a few to eat later, but my favorite thing to do is steal a slice after they come out of the oven with a bit of vanilla ice cream on top. Since I’m older now, she usually slices it for me before I even get into the kitchen!

September 24, 2012 03:08 AM
Kathy Casserly said...

When I was growing up, we went over to my mom’s best friend’s parents house (whew, that’s a mouthful!), to make Christmas cookies. We would spend the whole weekend there, and bake until we couldn’t bake any more. I loved it, and have such fond memories of the delicious smells, and wonderful laughter. I got the recipes when I got married, and continued to bake every Christmas. Now, I share that tradition with my three girls, and we have the best time!

September 24, 2012 03:08 AM
Emily P said...

My favorite baking memory is recently inheriting my grandmother’s recipes. I can’t wait to make everything!

September 24, 2012 03:09 AM
Malin from Finland said...

Oh, and only now I realise that I don’t live in the U.S. this time either. Darn. Well, it was fun remembering my early days in the kitchen.

September 24, 2012 03:09 AM
Kate Plaskon said...

My fave memory is when I came home from kindergarten having baked my first cranberry-orange bread (in a frozen oj can no less!). My mom and older sister loved it so much they fought over who could have more. I was so proud! And it’s still the best I’ve tasted:)

September 24, 2012 03:11 AM
JoeyfromSC said...

WOW, those look amazing!! lol..I’ll definitely have to make them because I love pecan pie(being from the South haha) and my brother does too!!

I have many baking memories growing up..I think it’s what fueled my passion for baking….I especially love making fudge with my Aunt every Christmas(technically not baking I know lol). I also have vivid memories of baking cookies and other treats with my Mom growing up! (R.I.P.)

Actually, I still have THE very 1st ever recipe I got/made from her friend June…It was when I was 10. It is called “apple crunch” and it’s basically an apple cobbler..I still have it in my own handwriting lol…Thanks for helping me go down memory lane!

I have never been able to afford a nice Kitchen-Aid stand mixer, but it’s always been my dream to own one! Thanks SO much for the chance to win!!


September 24, 2012 03:11 AM
Sara Mullin said...

My favorite baking memory is with my late Grandma. Every time I went to her house we made chocolate chip cookies. She was so patient and loving in her teachings of baking with me. It is because of her that I have such a love and passion for baking. She passed when I was in high school and at her funeral the pastor asked each of us what our favorite memory was of her, mine was making those chocolate chip cookies. Still my favorite comfort sweet! Now I’m making memories with my own children and passing the baking love on!

September 24, 2012 03:12 AM
Annette Burke said...

I love baking and could use a new machine! Thanks for all of your inspiration!

September 24, 2012 03:12 AM
Patricia said...

My favorite memory was baking with my little sister … she’s not one to follow instructions so instead of following the recipe and mixing in ingredients one at a time, she put them all in the bowl and turned on the mixer … the beaters couldn’t rotate and ended up breaking!

September 24, 2012 03:12 AM
Hasita said...

I remember this time when we had guests over and my cake just absorbed all the coffee frosting I put on it! Thankfully, a two minute microwave made it really smooth and fluffy and everyone loved it. I would gladly make the same mess again.

September 24, 2012 03:12 AM
Alicia B said...

My favorite baking memory would have to be when I was about eleven years old. I’d travel with my parents for two hours so that we could go see my nana. She was so special. I’d play outside for a few hours and then come inside and every time I was there I’d hop up on my stool and help her bake her apple pie. She’d do the cutting, I’d do the mixing, and I’d help her make the topping before she’d put it in the over and I’d set the timer. And I always got to cut the first piece for whoever was with us.

September 24, 2012 03:15 AM
Kara said...

Every Christmas growing up my family bakes Christmas sugar cookies – there was lots of cookie dough eaten in the process – now that I have my own ?ohana in Hawai’i, when we visit Virginia in the summer we have Summer Christmas when we make Christmas cookies…and of course we still make in December too! It makes for great memories for me and our keiki!

September 24, 2012 03:17 AM
Estee said...

Baking with my son. It’s still memorries in the making, but it’s the best!

September 24, 2012 03:19 AM
Stacy Jensen said...

My favorite “new” memory is my husband baking pies for holidays. I detest making a fresh crust, but he enjoys it.

September 24, 2012 03:21 AM
Meagan said...

I remember baking with my mom when I was a child. She was so patient and taught me so much. When I bake today, I can still remember how she explained certain techniques so well! I was 20 when she died of cancer. Now, when I miss my mom, I bake.

September 24, 2012 03:21 AM
Dawn M. said...

My favorite baking memory was last Christmas when I visited my family in California during winter break from college. My mother, my sister, my 7 year old niece, and myself baked classic family cookie recipes for 10 hours together. My sister and I even made the “silly mistake” cookies we used to make as children when mom wasn’t paying attention. It was priceless to share this experience with 4 generations of women in our family (my sister and I are 15 years apart). Our mother has recently lost her eyesight, and because baking smells so yummy, I am sure her recounting of that day will be vivid in more than one way.

September 24, 2012 03:22 AM
Heather F said...

My favorite was baking with my mom growing up and now passing on that same tradition to my own daughters.

September 24, 2012 03:23 AM
Sylvia Ta said...

My absolute favorite baking memory has to be teaching my boyfriend to bake a couple of years ago, it was so much fun and it gave him insight as to why I love it so much. It was an amazing feeling to share something that I enjoy so much with the person that I love.

September 24, 2012 03:24 AM
cheryl said...

My favorite baking memory was when I first learned how to bake in Jr High School. I couldn’t wait to take home what i made each week!

September 24, 2012 03:24 AM
vicki hale said...

my favorite memory is making cinnamon and sugar treats from the left over pie dough my mom made. Thank you for the giveaway!

September 24, 2012 03:25 AM
Tana Kleitz said...

My favorite baking memory is making Mexican wedding cookies at Christmas time with my mother.

September 24, 2012 03:28 AM
Karen said...

My favorite baking memory is when I made a German chocolate cake (around age 11) and the dog got to it before the family. My mom didn’t think we should eat it, but that didn’t stop my twin from finishing it off.

September 24, 2012 03:30 AM
Darlene L. said...

My favorite baking memory was teaching my 8 year old niece how to make a cake. She was so excited and interested (and helpful, of course!) in everything we did. Now we bake all the time!

September 24, 2012 03:31 AM
Angela B said...

I taught myself to bake growing up, and loved taking on new baking projects to see what I can do. One year I decided to try making a R2D2 cake for a charity auction. There was a young man in our neighborhood who had just been diagnosed with cancer, and they wanted to put together a charity for him. So I bought all the supplies and stayed up ALL night long making this cake.. I don’t know what else could have gone wrong. First I fell asleep on the couch while the first batch of cakes were in the oven, had to make a whole new batch… then I cut the head too small.. then the rice krispies for the legs got stuck to the pan and to top it all off the fondant ripped. I was so discouraged and upset.. I didn’t want to keep going. Eventually after much frustration.. possibly some tears, I was able to finish just in time for the cake to be auctioned off. It was experiences like those that make me so excited to learn new things and take on new challenges. I learned a lot of patience that day, but I had a little kid in mind that kept me very motivated to finish.

September 24, 2012 03:31 AM
Ashley S. said...

Every year at Christmas my mom and my two sisters and I make big trays of goodies to give to family and friends. Usually peanut butter balls, several different cookies, caramel corn, and peppermint bark. This year I think we will add mini pecan pies! LOVE that idea. :D

September 24, 2012 03:32 AM
londra fleming said...

Each and every December I fake every weekend then
Make up platters of assorted goodies and give to neighbors
Friends and family. The look on their faces is priceless evrrytime.

September 24, 2012 03:33 AM
Brianna said...

This is definitely my favorite baking memory- I would go over to my Grandma’s house when I was younger and make snickerdoodles with her and my brother. She would let us choose a color to die both the cookie and the frosting then we’d make snickerdoodle sandwiches. Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie to this day.

September 24, 2012 03:34 AM
Debbie H. said...

My favorite baking memory is a recent one. I love spending time with my two nephews but as they get older, it’s getting harder for me to think of things to do with them. Last fall, I asked them if they’d like to go apple picking, knowing that perhaps two teenage boys (15 and 17) might not think that was too fun. But they agreed and after we picked more apples than we knew what to do with, I asked if they wanted to come back to my place and bake some pies and they said, “yes”. I said, “are you sure?” My nephew said, “we don’t care what we do, we just want to spend time with you.” **melt** We went home and peeled and cored and rolled out dough and baked 6 apple pies. And I actually think they did have fun. I know I did.

September 24, 2012 03:36 AM
Dani H said...

I’m fortunate to have lots of good baking memories around holidays with my daughter as she was growing up, but one of my favorites is when I gave her a standing mixer. I took my hand mixer as well as extra mixing bowls, baking pans, etc. to my daughter’s house before Christmas a few years ago. She, my son-in-law and I each had a station on her kitchen island and baked goodies for gifts until about three in the morning. Family baking together just about tops my idea of a good time. {smile}

As far as I’m concerned, pie is a food group of its own and pecan pie is probably my favorite! I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. We carry on my mother’s legacy by cooking and baking her recipes every holiday.

Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

September 24, 2012 03:38 AM
Chena said...

When I was 16, I wanted to surprise my mom with a birthday cake. That was the first time baking and I thought it would be easy since it was only a mixture of eggs, milk, and oil into the cake batter. Boy was I wrong. The cake overflowed and clumps of batter was still in the cake but my mom loved it. Although it wasn’t perfect, I considered it my favorite baking memory because after that experience, I wanted to learn to bake anything and everything. The memory of my mother smiling at me for trying to bake anything gave me motivation to do anything.

September 24, 2012 03:39 AM
Elizabeth said...

Just this week my daughter and I are making her first baking memories – Hello Kitty shaped cookies with darling royal icing faces for her 4th birthday party. We did our test run last week and ate our fill so this week should be a blast.

September 24, 2012 03:41 AM
Mimi said...

My favorite baking memory is making a heart shaped cake that I had seen in a magazine (a square + a round cut in half) for my grandmother’s birthday.
I used cake mixes and store bought frosting, but I felt so accomplished making a “shaped” cake instead of the typical regular rounds that were the norm back then.

September 24, 2012 03:43 AM
Allison J. said...

I remember before I was too young to bake independently, I would help my sister bake and she called me her “little kitchen cadet.” I can’t put a finger on a specific favorite recipe we made together, because there were many times, but I do have the memories of it being so much fun! Many years later I had the honor of making the desserts for the dessert table at her wedding, so that was special that we used to bake together and then I got to bake for her special day.

September 24, 2012 03:44 AM
Kristen Norris said...

I loved making a bajillion different types of Christmas cookies. I still love the peanut blossoms with a Hershey’s kiss on top. Actually enjoyed unwrapping all of them, then sinking them into the fluffy tops of the warm, just-out-of-the-oven cookies. Yum!

September 24, 2012 03:47 AM
Tiffany said...

My favorite baking memory is when I realized for the first time that baking was a very therapeutic thing for me. I had been going through a tough time in my life and learned that the motion of baking helped me find some peace and quiet within my life.

September 24, 2012 03:47 AM
Brandi said...

Every year my mom and I spend days baking for our vip customers, we both own our own business’s, and we have so much fun. I look forward to it every year although it is exhausting.

September 24, 2012 03:48 AM
Sara said...

I always love baking and preparing all the Christmas goodies with my parents each year. My husband and I moved recently, so we won’t be with them this Christmas. So, hopefully we can make some of our own baking memories. :)

September 24, 2012 03:48 AM
Joni said...

My favorite baking memory was a disaster. I came home from school to find smoke. She left a pie in the oven for 9 hours! Our house was fine, but we still talk about her ‘ lava’ pie!

September 24, 2012 03:51 AM
Kelly Aubert said...

My favorite baking memories are always of helping my Mom bake cookies during the holidays. We make lots of different kinds, wrap them up and give them to friends and family.

September 24, 2012 03:53 AM
Christy pyzik said...

My favorite baking memory was just made last week! Is was the first chilly day, raining all evening, so my 2 year old son and I baked chocolate chip cookies together for the first time. He loved it! He was so amazed by the mixer and kept eating the dough as I was putting it on the pan. It was so cute and fun!!

September 24, 2012 03:54 AM
Priscilla said...

With six children in the family, having a family dinner on the table was always my Mom’s first priority, but when it came time for the holiday’s she would always set time aside to prepare and bake our families traditional Christmas cookies. And as my sister and I got older she would include us in the baking extravaganza, this is now a tradition I carry on with my own daughter and son. With each tray that goes into the oven I think of my Mom and how much she taught me and how much I miss her.

September 24, 2012 04:05 AM
denise rodriguez said...

I used to bake when I was a little girl and I LOVED when the cookies would come right out of the oven! I always HAD to have one before they cooled down. :)

September 24, 2012 04:07 AM
Bruinbr said...

My favorite memory is decorating my own sugar cookie at Christmas when we were younger! Sprinkles galore!

September 24, 2012 04:11 AM
Christie said...

As a young girl, I always competed in the annual Girl Scout Cookie Bake-off each year during the Sugarcane Festival in my hometown. It was so much fun baking and competing with all of my friends!

September 24, 2012 04:12 AM
Julie said...

Banana bread with my mom! It wasn’t the holidays until we baked that delicious bread and passed them out to half the neighborhood. Whenever I smell banana bread I am instantly taken back to my childhood.

September 24, 2012 04:12 AM
Beth said...

I don’t know if I have any favorite baking memories, strictly speaking. Certainly MEMORABLE ones!

Oh, where to start… okay.

When I was younger and really learning to bake, I looked through every recipe book we owned. I made the Betty Crocker Starlite cake, with varying degrees of success. I made lemon squares once, though they turned out more sugar than lemon. And then there was the cake i made that had an ANT in it.

Yes, you read right. A LIVE ant! Don’t know HOW it got in there, but it certainly freaked my younger sister out. No one else but ME touched that cake after that, though I was very careful.

Well, a couple decade and several dozen cakes later. I can say with confidence I’ve improved. People LOVE my cakes now. And I love experimenting with different flavors and combinations.

A good baking memory I had was just last year, when my niece and nephews helped me bake, frost and decorate Christmas cookies. They had almost as much fun as I did doing it!

September 24, 2012 04:16 AM
Jill Smith said...

I remember baking all kinds of sweets with my mom every Christmas, even before I could see the countertop and had to stand on a chair.

September 24, 2012 04:17 AM
Leslie said...

Well the best memory I have from baking is when I made pecan tarts (tassies) for the first time for my friends birthday! Her reaction was priceless when she opened her gift! The treats were so unexpected and she loved it! That’s the first time I felt how rewarding it was to give a gift of a baked good!

September 24, 2012 04:18 AM
Anuhea said...

When I was smaller, every Christmas, my mom and I would make dozens and dozens of sugar cookies. There was nothing spectacular about them, but they we delicious and super fun making them with my favorite lady!! :) Miss those days…….

September 24, 2012 04:19 AM
Heather @ Bake, Run, Live said...

My mom’s favorite cookies are what we call pacoons (nut balls). My grandmother always made them by hand and used a ceramic bowl and a silver spoon. While I don’t have the ceramic bowl, I do have the silver spoon. What is amazing, is the spoon has one side that is worn away from all the stirring!. All the grand-daughters have grandma’s pacoon recipe, but mine are the only one’s that taste just like hers. I always make them using her silver spoon!

September 24, 2012 04:21 AM
Sherrie said...

My favorite baking memories are with my children. They are 6 and 9 yrs old now and I can still picture chocolate rimmed big smiles afte they’ve licked the spoons, mixer blades, etc.

September 24, 2012 04:27 AM
TONJA H said...

I have so many baking memories its hard to share just one. My family LOVES baking. Cakes, Pies, Cookies…everything! I cherish the time spent baking with my mom and siblings. I’m also happy that the love of baking has passed down to my kids, especially my daughter. Her latest favorite thing to bake are cookies. We have bought the cutest cookie cutters and it has been exciting to experiment with them.

September 24, 2012 04:30 AM
Kathy frazier said...

My favorite baking memory was making my sister’s wedding cake with my mom. It was when I learned from her how to decorate, assemble tiered cakes.. She has since passed but I have the stainless steel mixing bowl that we used to make those cakes., it is the only thing I have from my mom and I cherish it.

September 24, 2012 04:34 AM
karenb said...

My favorite baking memory is from my childhood. Every Fall my family would go apple picking. This was a major production!! We would drive for a really long time to get to the orchard. I was only 8 or so, so any drive longer than 15 minutes felt like an eternity!

Since I was the youngest and smallest I was hoisted up into a tree and expected to climb as high as I could to get the “best” apples!!! It didn’t matter that I was terrified of heights and hated this job!! And, my older sister would take liberties at hitting me with rotten apples as I was clinging onto a

We were finished and went home when we had 2 full bushel baskets of apples. When we got home, my Dad and I were in charge of peeling the apples. My Mom and sister made the crust and my brother got to help roll out the dough. We usually only made 2 standard pies. To this day, I never ever understood why we picked so many apples when we only used about ten!!

While the pies were baking, the cinnamon smell permeated the house, and lingered a few days. Whenever I smell cinnamon, I think back to those days and how much fun we had.

September 24, 2012 04:36 AM
jeani said...

my mom and dad were raised in England and their wedding cake was fruitcake, covered in apricot preserves, enrobed in marzipan and covered in royal icing. They made it each year after as their Christmas cake It was made as the groom’s cake at my wedding. More than 65 years since it was first made for my parents we still bake it for our Christmas cake. I have such fond memories of my dad helping with the royal icing, polishing it to a perfectly smooth surface. Then he would add a scene of deer, pine trees and a ‘mirror’ pond with ice-skaters. A wide red ribbon was tied round it (I still use all the decorations) and it was proudly displayed for the week or so leading up to Christmas. It was magnificent to behold and absolutely delicious.

September 24, 2012 04:37 AM
Kathryn Chase said...

My mom had always been the baker in our family. She started us all early so when she went back to school at 35 I stepped in and started baking. I was 9, by the time I was 11 I was entering my pies in the fair and winning! One day when I was baking my grandmothers favorite pie for dinner, I thought the only thing missing was my mom and grandmother. I went out to the garage to get butter out of the freezer and when I came back into the house there stood both of them with aprons on. My mom said “your the cook what can we do?” That was the best strawberry rhubarb pie I ever ate! I cant make one now without missing them both.

September 24, 2012 04:37 AM
Nicole said...

I have really great memories making sugar cookies and apple sauce with my Mom and sister!

September 24, 2012 04:40 AM
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