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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Nancy said...

My favorite baking memory was when my roommate really wanted some cookies one night, but we didn’t have any eggs. And so, we began hunting for the perfect eggless chocolate chip cookie recipe. We finally found one that tasted almost as good. The whole experience was just very fun and memorable.

September 30, 2012 06:45 PM
Linda McGill said...

Each time I bake (pie, cookies, cake) a recipe is used that came to me from one of my grandmothers, or one of my aunts or my mother And, each one I learned to make just right, with them guiding me. I just can’t pick one and say it is a favorite, as each one contains a lifetime of sweet, loving memories!

September 30, 2012 07:06 PM
mayo k said...

My first baking memories are with my two good friends in high school, we always tested new recipes and would literally spend weekends making all kinds of cookies n cakes. I have been a devote baker since :)

September 30, 2012 07:06 PM
Cindy said...

Every year since they were toddlers, my two kids who are now 23 and 20, and I bake and decorate sugar cookie before Christmas. The time laughing, decorating and eating our creations have been so much fun and so memorable.

September 30, 2012 07:09 PM
Carol Fleming said...

My twin girls are 10 and we have a tradition of making Christmas cookies with their Grandmother. We make 100′s of cookies using her homemade sugar cookie recipe and every type of sprinkle known to man. The girls have been doing this since they were about 3 years old and look forward to it every year!

September 30, 2012 07:14 PM
Madalene Brendle said...

I love baking cookies

September 30, 2012 07:18 PM
Christine burd said...

I used to pick the apples on my Grandmoms tree and we would bake apple dumplings together.It was a special time for me as a kid about 55 yrs ago because I had 9 aunts and uncles and numerous cousins . When I got to be the special one to help gma bake it was heaven

September 30, 2012 07:20 PM
Jenny said...

My favorite baking memory is of making gingerbread houses with my mom and sisters each Christmas. Now I carry on the tradition with my own family, even though I’ve got all boys!

September 30, 2012 07:24 PM
Hayley J said...

So many memories with my mom and now making new ones with my kids! But one of my all time favorites was when our family was home from overseas for Christmas. We were at my grandparents’ house decorating sugar cookies and my dear grandpa decided to join us. After quite a while of decorating and talking one of us noticed that the dozens of cookies near my grandpa were all pink! He just kept reaching for the frosting that was nearest, delighted just to be with his family.

September 30, 2012 07:35 PM
Heather said...

My favorite baking memory is fairly recent. I agreed to bake 100 custom decorated cookies for a charity event without realizing what I was getting into. I stayed up all night the day before the event baking and decorating cookies and my wonderful fiance helped. There were cookies EVERYWHERE…on our counters, tables, couch, arm chairs, computer desk. But in the end we finished them all and everyone loved them so it was worth it haha.

September 30, 2012 07:38 PM
Carla said...

I love baking with my Mom. Every time we bake together we create a wonderful new memory. One of the first times she let me help in the kitchen is captured in a lovely picture of me and my older brother mixing pancake batter. I must have been three years old at most.

September 30, 2012 07:39 PM

I remember and can even still taste when my mom would make “pan de polvo” during the holidays and every so often for a favor for a family friend. These cookies were wonderful. I would put one in your mouth and it would just melt in your mouth. The perfect combination of sugar and fresh cracked cinnamon. The entire house would smell sssssoooooo good. For several years my Mom was asked to bake 500 cookies for Christmas. After the passing of my Mom in 2004 we have not been able to duplicate the recipe but we try to every year. I love the cookies but loved my Mom more.

September 30, 2012 07:49 PM
manuel montoya said...

Love to bake up some nummies for the tummies.

September 30, 2012 07:53 PM
Yvonne said...

Baking holiday cookies when I was about 14 and delivering them to everyone I knew. Most popular were the peanut butter blossoms! Love them to this day!

September 30, 2012 07:55 PM
Kinney V said...

My favorite baking memory is in my mother’s kitchen, baking 1234 cake. It is still my favorite recipe for cake and the only recipe I know by heart. More so than the cake, my favorite memory is the kitchen. The kitchen has huge windows that look out into the back and side yards, so while baking or cooking dinner my mom could always see us crazy kids.
And now that I’m in college, I totally miss all the great kitchen tools my mom has. Not having a good food processor (and stand mixer) is worth crying about :)

September 30, 2012 08:10 PM
Susan Barnes said...

The pecan pies look delicious. I wish we had one now. Pies are great for sunday gatherings and especially with a little ice cream on top.

September 30, 2012 08:10 PM
Wolf said...

This reminds me of my own mom’s pecan pies from many, many years ago.

September 30, 2012 08:12 PM
Leannah said...

As a young mom I started baking & decorating giant cookie hearts for my 3 young sons for Valentines Day. They could ‘t wait to wake up on Feb.14th to their big chocolate chip cookies. They lasted for days. Now 27 years later, those three grown boys won’t let me give up the tradition…and we’ve added a daughter-in-law and two adorable granddaughters to the list.

September 30, 2012 08:16 PM
julie walter said...

my favorite baking memory is Christmas time every year growing up with my mom and sisters. We would always make sugar cookies, small sandwich cookies and sometimes ginger cookies.

September 30, 2012 08:24 PM
Hami said...

Making pumpkin bread with my mom every autumn.

September 30, 2012 08:39 PM
Karen said...

I have many memories of baking and decorating sugar cookies with my family growing up, but one of my most favorite memories is when I continued the tradition with my son. He was 3 1/2 and we set to making a batch of cookies for his pre-school teachers. By the end, we were both covered in flour, but the cookies were fantastic.

September 30, 2012 08:44 PM
Susan White said...

My Mom taught me how to make Toll House Cookies and she used dark brown sugar in them. I still make them Mom like you did!

September 30, 2012 08:45 PM
Maisha Pryor said...

I remember when I was a child my aunt would tie her hair back and cover it before she would start baking. To this day, I always tie my hair back like she did every time I bake.

September 30, 2012 08:45 PM
Lori said...

Baking and decorating spritz cookies at Christmas with my Mom. I love those tender little cookies!

September 30, 2012 08:46 PM
Cory said...

My favorite memory is baking chocolate chip cookies with my mother as a young child. Now I carry on the same tradition with my own kids.

September 30, 2012 08:48 PM
Karen Leonard said...

I love remembering baking Christmas cut-outs with my neices using my grandmother’s recipe.

September 30, 2012 08:51 PM
Reed B said...

My favorite baking memory is when my mother, my sister and I would make chocolate macaroons for all our family and friends during Christmas time. We would go through a lot chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and coconut. Those were some delicious macaroons and were well liked by everyone. I still make them every year for my friends and family.

September 30, 2012 08:54 PM
Katie said...

Of course holiday baking with my mom! But particularly because it was me and her against 5 brothers and a step dad. I loved that half the house was taken over and turned into girl zone. But my favorite part was the Maple Drops. My mom was born in Eastern Canada, and I’m the only one of the kids that pursued and obtained my dual citizenship. So it was one more Canadian mother-daughter bonding thing. Plus, she hated making them! But would every year because a) they’re amazing and b) I looooved making them :) thanks mama.

September 30, 2012 09:00 PM
Christina Vee said...

My brothers and I used to make reindeer food the night before Christmas and sprinkle it on the lawn and roof. One of my favorite holiday memories!

September 30, 2012 09:01 PM
Sandy Smith said...

My favorite baking memory is sitting on the kitchen counter while my Grandpa made his Christmas candy and cookies: divinity, fudge, chocolate chip cookies, and butterscotch bird nests. I’d watch him while he worked and he would allow me to stir, but most importantly…lick the spoon! I’ll never forget the stories he would share with me about his childhood. Now that he’s gone and I’m grown, I cherish those moments even more.

September 30, 2012 09:03 PM
Marnie said...

I love baking chocolate chip cookies with my kids, they love to help me out and it is so much fun for all of us!

September 30, 2012 09:04 PM
shari said...

As a child I remember making Lemon Meringue Pie with my Grandma who lived 4 states away. We made 1 for the family and 1 just for me. I ate it all too, and 52 years later, I still can’t eat that kind of pie. But the memory of making it with Grandma is still worth it.

September 30, 2012 09:13 PM
Kay H said...

My absolute favorite baking memory is of my first time watching my grandma bake cakes for the holidays. Nothing will ever top the experience of watching her pour caramel over a vanilla cake, and I just remember how excited I was to see it spill over the sides and see her hands working quickly to place pecans around the edge.

That memory has fueled my passion for baking.

September 30, 2012 09:18 PM
Maryliz said...

Definitely watching my youngest daughter bake pies with my mom – it was like watching an old movie of me learning how to make homemade dough, rolling it out , then making the fresh apple filling. It doesn’t get any better than that!

September 30, 2012 09:20 PM
Dennis Connell said...

I love cookies

September 30, 2012 09:22 PM
Joanna Shuen said...

Hi Bakerella,

Yesterday I hosted a tea party for my friends. There was ruffle cakes, cupcakes, macarons and other sweet goodies inspired by Sweetapolita. It was a fantastic day because it was very successful and everyone loved it! Next baking cakepops from your website!


September 30, 2012 09:23 PM
Leslie said...

My mom was kind of a control freak and never let me help. My dad didn’t make a lot of things but he always made the lemon meringue pies, and from scratch. So one day when he was making the pies, I asked if I could help. He said yes, and I was thrilled. I waited outside the oven door for it to finish browning the meringue and when it was done I begged my dad to let me take it out. He did, and let me tell you, the pie was heavier than I thought! I dropped it right on the floor! I felt awful but my dad just went to work starting another pie.

September 30, 2012 09:29 PM
Danielle Storm said...

Every Christmas since we became “grown ups,” a dear friend has moved in for a week and we bake up a storm. One particular December many years ago I had just moved with my four very tiny children out of our home and into a little apartment hours away in an effort to escape an abusive marriage and make a new start for us all. Despite the ridiculously cramped quarters and an oven that would fit only one small cookie sheet at a time, she came that winter anyway — offering some stability, celebration and normalcy to what would otherwise been quite a tumultuous and lackluster Christmas. We had trays of cookies, candies, and cakes stacked in every inch of that apartment — on top of the boys’ bunk beds, resting on the open dryer door, even cooling racks in the little apartment’s bathtub…and the kids absolutely loved it. Even now, many years later and all grown up, the kids and I still remember that baking extravaganza in those conditions as one of our best Christmases ever.

September 30, 2012 09:30 PM
Astrid Brown said...

Baking a cake with my sister and friends when I was younger. We decorated it with anything we could find in our kitchen. It was fun but didn’t taste so well!

September 30, 2012 09:39 PM
Luanne Seipt said...

Watching my mom peel apples for pie and eating the skins…loving how she could getthe WHOLE apple peeled without breaking the skin!!! I do the same thing now with my girls….:)

September 30, 2012 09:40 PM
Chris N said...

I love the memories of getting my handful of Chocolate chips before they went into the Chocolate chip cookies.

September 30, 2012 09:42 PM
Leona Sweet said...

cookies for holidays are always great with children helping

September 30, 2012 09:44 PM
Lisa D said...

I love chocolate chip cookies.

September 30, 2012 09:45 PM
Marlene said...

Spending time baking for hours to make a cake, putting in all your love and time into it, then waking up the next morning and unexpectedly seeing it in a newspaper… just knowing that someone out there appreciate your hard work..those are the best times and greatest memories.

September 30, 2012 09:48 PM
Heather said...

Making “Heather’s Favorites” cookies with my Mom during the holidays. Heather’s Favorites are chocolate chip cookie logs made with mini chocolate chips and then dipped in melted semisweet chocolate and nuts.

September 30, 2012 09:49 PM
Ashley Nason said...

My favorite baking memory involves three generations of my family being in one small kitchen for cookie baking. Every year my mom and myself make a bunch of cookies to give out to those close to us. We do a wide range of cookies, breads, treats, mixes, etc. every one always looks forward to them because they’re quite yummy. Well a couple years ago my grandma (mom’s mom) was down visiting and she had never participated in our baking adventure so we allowed her to help. We thought we’d set her up with an easy recipe because she isn’t much of a baker and she was in charge of making the Puppy chow. Super easy recipe. Well….grandma didn’t quite get the instructions and instead of melting the chocolate chips with the peanut butter she just put the chocolate chips in with the cereal, thinking she was making a trail mix of sorts. When I realized what she had done I stopped her and we all stopped and picked out the chips so they could be melted properly. The puppy chow didn’t turn out quite as good that year but we sure had a blast!

September 30, 2012 09:49 PM
lisa c said...

My mom, grandma and aunts would make tons of goodies at christmas, at my grandmas house and then make huge trays and send them to work with people and to friends and neighbors.

September 30, 2012 09:54 PM
Eunice said...

my favorite baking memory is making and decorating sugar cookies during Christmas time as a kid. this was definitely how I got started as an amateur baker.

September 30, 2012 09:55 PM
Anonymous said...

Baking gingerbread houses with my mom at Christmas.

September 30, 2012 09:59 PM
Denise H. said...

My favorite baking memory is teaching my 3 little girls how to make cake pops. When they get old and good enough we will be a cake popping design army. :)

September 30, 2012 10:06 PM
Felicia said...

I teach kindergarten, and my kids and I make a big gingerbread man every year. I read several versions of the story throughout the week, and on the day when we are supposed to eat it, he comes to life while we are out of the room and runs around the school. We have to follow clues that he leaves all around the school until we find him. We make sure to eat his legs first so he can’t run away again! They love it and talk about it all year long! It is such a great class bonding moment.

September 30, 2012 10:16 PM
Janise S said...

My favorite memory was when i was making an order of cake pops for someone and my 2 year old just climbed on the dinning room chair and grabbed one right off the tray and shoved it in his mouth. Haha he loves my “pops” as he calls them

September 30, 2012 10:19 PM
Debi H said...

My daughters and I wear my mother’s vintage aprons (circa 1960′s) when we get together to bake holiday treats. Its our homage to her as we bake with her recipes.

September 30, 2012 10:20 PM
Carol said...

My mom passed away last year, but my favorite memory is not actually baking WITH her, but the fact that from the time I was 10 years of age, she would let me have the run of the kitchen and bake whatever I wanted. That permitted me to really learn the ins and outs of baking and permit me to become a very good baker. I am now known in my community as a wonderful baker because of it.

September 30, 2012 10:22 PM
Michaela said...

I am just starting to bake with my little ones and I think these are going to be my best baking memories!

September 30, 2012 10:24 PM
Kelly J said...

I love baking any Christmas goodies with my children! Sugar cookies for all seasons and holidays!

September 30, 2012 10:25 PM
Henry Bounds said...

Oh! What great fun it was as I remember baking sugar cookies at christmas time I was the one to put just a touth of sugar on top.

September 30, 2012 10:26 PM
Carla Garrett said...

My favorite memory is the from-scratch coconut cake that my Brownie leader helped me make for my mother’s birthday. That was decades ago, but it remains the best cake we ever had.

September 30, 2012 10:29 PM
Sabrina said...

I used to baked brownies forschool charity run when I was at middle school! It was tiring but I think it started my ever lasting relationship with brownies :-)

September 30, 2012 10:37 PM
Elizabeth H. said...

My favorite baking memory was when my college roommates and I made a lemon tart the first night in our new apartment. After the tart was done, we left it to cool on the burner without realizing that the burner was on! The tart was completely ruined since we didn’t notice until we smelled the burning. Luckily, we had enough ingredients to make another one! But now we just laugh at the “lemon tart” incident!

September 30, 2012 10:44 PM
Marianne said...

My favorite baking memory is making a lemon cream pie with my mom after I had been away from home for a while. We spent the day in the kitchen having fun.

September 30, 2012 10:44 PM
Nancy said...

As a child, I baked with my mom and my grandma. Now that I have kids of my own, I bake with them. I think it’s a great family tradition – sharing the kitchen, laughing, talking, and enjoying the warm, fresh cookies straight from the oven.

September 30, 2012 10:48 PM
Catherine Smith said...

I remember at Christmas time my mother used to save all the cans, which she used to make the most wonderful cranberry bread!

September 30, 2012 10:50 PM
Jenny Elaine said...

My favorite baking memory would have to be making my son’s 4th birthday cake this past year. My husband did all of the fondant work while I iced the cake and baked it. It was delicious and he LOVED it!!

September 30, 2012 10:51 PM
Heather said...

My favorite baking memories are of my Gramma Charlotte and her ultra crispy sugar cookies! They were the only non-chewy cookies I have ever liked and I LOOOOOVED helping her: stealing pinches of dough, wiggling the cookie cutters to loosen the edges, oh-so-carefully flooding the icing, that weird smell when you’d crack open the Tupperware she stored them in. Making press cookies with my mom was always awesome but it couldn’t compare to sugar cookies with Gramma! :D

September 30, 2012 10:53 PM
Vickie A said...

Making Christmas cookies with my daughter and grandson, Myles every year!

September 30, 2012 11:03 PM
Carey Cole said...

I remember baking fudge with my grandma every christmas season.

September 30, 2012 11:12 PM
Julienne said...

My best memories is baking many varieties of christmas cookies with my mother who is 81. We both put some much love and attention to every single cookie

September 30, 2012 11:15 PM
Nicole S. said...

My favorite baking memory is from my childhood in the kitchen with my mom. We would alway have matching holiday aprons :) I am now the baker for all my friends and family, I can’t wait to start baking this year with my niece with matching aprons!

September 30, 2012 11:30 PM
Patricia Toth said...

My favorite memory about baking is when baking pepperoni and taco rolls, the aroma filled the house and the family would come and wait for them to cool down so they could have some.

September 30, 2012 11:38 PM
Nadia said...

My favorite baking memory is when I taught my nieces how to make cake pops! They loved them so much, they couldn’t wait to learn how to make them. We made a gigantic mess and they got more candy melts and sprinkles on their faces and clothes than they did on the cake pop, but it was the best time!

September 30, 2012 11:39 PM
Robyn g said...

My favorite baking memory is my families tradition of baking hundreds of cookies around the holidays and passing them out to our friends.

September 30, 2012 11:46 PM
Cindy Bowling said...

Growing up my Mom and I would always bake Christmas cookies. I did the same with my daughter and now bake with my granddaughters. It’s become a family tradition.

September 30, 2012 11:47 PM
Carla W said...

I showed my best friend how to make a custard pie at her home while her folks were out for the evening. They came home and saw their pristine kitchen was a wreck, which almost gave her mom a heart attack because they rarely used their kitchen and ate out most of the time. The pie sure was good, though.

September 30, 2012 11:48 PM
Suzanne Reichard said...

My favorite baking memories is teaching my son’s how to make choalate chip cookies. Thy now bake better cookies then I do.

September 30, 2012 11:51 PM
Kalynn said...

Learning to make banana cream pie with my Grandma, she owned a pie shop and made the best pies around. Every time I make a pie I think of her… a great memory.

September 30, 2012 11:55 PM
melanie said...

My favorite baking memory was when I was 9 years old. My Gran used to pick me up after school on Friday and keep me till Sunday evenings. the very first thing she ever did was give me one of her very old Watkin’s Cookbooks. And every weekend she let me try out a new recipe. I eventually memorized the 2 egg cake one. And I eventually got bold enough to add all sorts of fruits and nuts..and no matter what she always ate it and told me how incredible it was. I still have this book. And even though she passed away three years ago now, it will always be on the greatest times in my life.

October 1, 2012 12:04 AM
Debra said...

My three sisters and I would come home from school every evening to a wonderful homecooked meal. Even though we are all grandmothers now…we still love for our mother to bake us special treats, which she does willingly. She bakes the best made from scratch Review Coconut Cake, light and fluffy dinner rolls, and a variety of cookies that have to be hidden to keep her son-in-laws, grandchildren and great grandchildren from eating them all …warm from the oven with a cold glass of milk Our sweet little mama has baked a lifetime of happy memories for three generations to share.

October 1, 2012 12:08 AM
Camilla said...

My favorite baking memory is making (ruining) cake pops for the first time with my daughter. They tasted great, but looked atrocious!!

October 1, 2012 12:08 AM
Molly said...

Every christmas my mom and i put together a tray of sweets to bring over to my aunts for christmas dinner. our kitchen is only big enough for one person to cook comfortably, but some how, every year, we magically make it so my mom can make her 7 layer cookies and walnut drop cookies and i can make chocolate chip cookies and my dark chocolate sea salt brownies and whatever else i decide to make (last year it was a strawberry tart and meringues.) and every year, the family destroys the tray. because we are nothing, if not sweet obsessed.

October 1, 2012 12:22 AM
Katy Sanchez said...

Every fall my mom makes ginger cookies that are so delicious! When we were kids we loved eating the dough raw because it had no eggs. Now my kids love going to Grandmas house for ginger cookies!

October 1, 2012 12:31 AM
Wendy said...

My favorite memory was making sugar cookies with my young kids, then inviting over all the neighbor kids to help decorate them. We’d do this about once a month. It was so much fun to see their creations which really amounted to how many decorations they could fit onto one cookie. Now my kids are grown and we do a more adult activity, Cake Pops!. Love the books and ours never look the same but we have fun with our own interpretations.

October 1, 2012 12:42 AM
Ellan said...

My favorite baking memory is of my Mom’s warm homemade bread . It was a long bus ride home from school for me, and a bit of a walk from the bus stop. I loved coming into the warm kitchen on a cold day. The smell of the bread, the anticipation of waiting for it to cool just enough for her to allow me a slice with melty butter…there is almost nothing better than that. I’m so very lucky that she’s still baking that bread.

October 1, 2012 12:48 AM
saria said...

A traditional middle eastern sweet called basbousa, me and my roommate would bake it every time we were stressed out in grad school. Great way to satisfy our sweet tooth and take a ‘productive’ break from studying.

October 1, 2012 12:49 AM
Mary said...

My mother was a very good cook. She was especially a good baker. I remember when she use to bake bread. I couldn’t wait untill she sliced it so I could put butter on it. Oh so good!
I truly miss her.

October 1, 2012 12:52 AM
Suzanne said...

My first year of law school and my first round of finals were made so much better when my mother and I baked my stress away. We made over 30 different types of Christmas cookies.

October 1, 2012 01:15 AM
Schmidty said...

My earliest kitchen memory is sitting at the kitchen table shelling pecans in the fall with my sisters and mom in preparation for all of the holiday backing. We’d freeze them after they were shelled and then bring a huge containerful over to my grandma’s and help her bake her famous and well-loved date nut roll.

October 1, 2012 01:31 AM
vickie said...

I want a mixer like this, sooo bad!!!
X my fingers

October 1, 2012 01:41 AM
Marlene V said...

I used to spend weekends with my dad, he wasn’t really one for mixing flour, eggs and sugar to make sweet treats, but he did always buy a tube of cookie dough or a microwave cake mix and we would always make them together, that was always pretty fun :) a mixer would definitely kick it up a notch for us!

October 1, 2012 01:59 AM
Rae Ann Paulson said...

Cookies have always a big part of our holiday. I was so proud of my daughter when money was tight in her family and she
gave everyone homemade cookies instead of gifts.
This year everyone wants to know if they are getting
cookies again!

October 1, 2012 02:10 AM
Rebecca Graham said...

My favorite baking memory is when I was a child and helping my grandmother bake Christmas cookies.

October 1, 2012 02:42 AM
Karen Duerkop said...

KitchenAid Stand Mixer is the BEST PRODUCT in My Kitchen, and I use it Daily for ALL My Baking & Cooking for My Family!!!

October 1, 2012 02:51 AM
Ana M. said...

One of my favorite memories is when my roommates and I decided to make cinnamon rolls from scratch. The results were far from anything that could have been considered a pastry, but we had a blast getting there!

October 1, 2012 02:54 AM
Catherine Nguyen said...

My favorite baking memory is baking cupcakes the morning before Valentine’s Day for my whole dorm with my roommate and delivering them outside of doors before people woke up!

October 1, 2012 03:00 AM
Mary Jo Young said...

I was probably about eight years old when I got to bake some chocolate cupcakes from scratch all on my own. They were delicious, and my mother mailed four of them to my Grandma in Illinois. She wrote back that they really enjoyed them.

October 1, 2012 03:01 AM
sarina said...

Favorite baking memory is baking chocolate chip cookies with my grandma for christmas.

October 1, 2012 03:27 AM
Cheryl Salisbury said...

Those delicious looking pecan pies bring back memories of my favorite Thanksgiving pie.

October 1, 2012 04:00 AM
Karen M said...

My favorite baking memory was last year when both of my little girls (3 years old and 6 years old) sat at the table with me and decorated Christmas cookies. It was so nice being able to share that fun time with them!

October 1, 2012 04:16 AM
Erin V said...

As a child, my family and I would get together with my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins to bake Christmas cookies. It would be an l day affair. I loved to decorate the sugar cookies. We’d work all day and then have pizza for dinner together. We’d give to treats out as holiday gifts.

October 1, 2012 04:30 AM
Ilissa said...

My favorite baking memory was when I made my first pie. It was a really giant pie for a 13 year old to make and dear God I don’t even know how I got it into the oven, but I was dead set on making that Caramel Apple Pie (which incidentally while delicious tasted nothing like caramel). It was a nice summer memory and it’s what started my love of baking.

October 1, 2012 05:27 AM
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