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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Good luck guys and I can’t wait to read your baking memories.


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Laree @ Ever Heard of Euless said...

My favorite baking memory – hands down is baking with my now 6 year old son. He LOVES to bake, and always asks to lick the bowl after. He’s getting to be such a pro, but I miss that he can’t fix next to my mixer on the counter any more!

October 1, 2012 04:08 PM
Maren said...

My favorite baking memory is Christmas baking from my childhood. My mom would make sugar cookies, and we’d cut them out with Christmas cookie cutters. Then, before they were baked, we’d paint them with egg yolk that my mom dyed with food coloring. They were so fun! She would also make spritz cookies and make Christmas shapes with her cookie press. She would flavor each color of dough according to color: green-mint, pink-peppermint, yellow-banana, and white(plain)-almond. She would save some of each color of dough, and then we’d create cookies of our own, using the dough like modeling clay. It was always so fun (yet sad!) to eat each of our own Christmas Cookie Creations. :)

October 1, 2012 04:13 PM
Nikki said...

My most memorable baking moment would definitely have to be baking brownies with my 4 year old son, for his daddy all the while saying “Mmmm, smells really good mommy!”

October 1, 2012 04:17 PM
Susan said...

My favorite baking memory was not a family one, but with my very best friend that I think of as a sister. Before we had kids, we’d get together and bake Christmas cookies together. She’d bring over her hand mixer (and I’d have mine) and we’d get to work. I would make about 10 different kinds of cookies, and we’d try to come up with a new one each year. She’d keep me company and chop chocolate for me. I made my cookies for our husbands work and I’d mail them home to my family. Neither of us had family here, so we were each others families for the baking. I still smile when I think of her while baking now that she lives in WA and I am still here in CA. Everyone enjoys getting my cookies this time of year. I think last year I made over 1600 cookies. I give them to everyone, I just love to bake and give them all away. I miss my Sister/friend though. Now, I’ll start new traditions with my kiddo schmiddos. :)

Love your blog, love your treats, so happy for your success. I look forward to coming here and finding something new to try!

October 1, 2012 04:22 PM
Michael Noll said...

Baking chocolate chip cookies with my Mom.

October 1, 2012 04:31 PM
Miranda H said...

My grandmother is 76 years old and this lady is still the Queen of the kitchen. I have so many memories with her in the kitchen. Now I try to recreate the same memories with my children. I love making chocolate cakes with Maw Maw. Yummy!!

October 1, 2012 04:33 PM
Donna Forbes said...

My favorite baking memory is that of being a 10 year old girl and making Toll House cookies for the first time and eating so much of the cookie batter before the cookies were even baked.

October 1, 2012 04:34 PM
Kim said...

I will always remember making cake pops with my mother in law…. when she was still my boyfriends mom. I feel like it was a special moment where we found a common interest.

October 1, 2012 04:44 PM
Kate said...

My favorite baking memory is making christmas cookies with my sister for santa on christmas eve every year. we always had a blast and made some crazy designs with different colored icing. our poor parents had to eat so many cookies because we would set out so many for santa because we made so many special for him.

October 1, 2012 04:46 PM
Anita T. said...

I haven’t had many baking experiences (tried cake pops and failed) but I did make cupcakes for my daughter’s 1st birthday for her daycare. They were successful for the most part. Hopefully for next year she will help a little…

October 1, 2012 04:53 PM
Coree said...

My favorite cooking memory is definitely Thanksgiving. I’ve been cooking it with (and learning from) my Grandmother for years!

October 1, 2012 04:57 PM
Amy M said...

My favorite baking memory was from college – when we baked a cake (from cake mix) for a friend’s birthday – i think that was our only attempt. We tried to be innovative by baking banana slices into it. It tasted fine – but the bananas all sunk to the bottom – making a soft paste as our base.

October 1, 2012 04:58 PM
Susan Ricci said...

I remember baking cookies with my four kids “helping” me.

October 1, 2012 05:01 PM
Roy Fouch said...

Sounds like a good recipe.

October 1, 2012 05:11 PM
Betsy said...

During my teenage years, I made a lot of brownies. My dad had a favorite kind and always requested them. The edges would bake up over the pan, and he had dibs on those crusts. I loved to make them just for him.

October 1, 2012 05:22 PM
Agie said...

My favorite baking memory comes from making holiday cookies with my mom every December. We bake at least 5 different kinds, working late into the night after the rest of our family has gone to bed. I think the best part is when we give them to friends and neighbors. It’s a blast to see their faces light up when they get a tin or plate of homemade cookies!

October 1, 2012 05:23 PM
Becky Jeffries said...

I love baking sugar cookies with my siblings. When I was in high school, I had a particular way of decorating and my siblings would all come in and mess things up. I had a meltdown, saying they were ruining Christmas! My mom ensured me they were all beautiful and to this day, every year we talk about the Great Cookie Meltdown.

October 1, 2012 05:25 PM
Maureen G said...

My mom, my sister, my nieces and I gather prior to every holiday to bake my Grandma’s nut rolls. We each have our own part: measuring, mixing, rolling and assembling the final product. We have lots of laughs and are always amazed at how quickly time goes. We talk about changing some ingredients but always end up with the same ones. We make enough to share with friends.

October 1, 2012 05:31 PM
Kristine said...

My favorite baking memory took place when I was in high school – my friend Michelle invited us all over to her house to bake Christmas cookies together – we made soooo many different types of cookies and then afterwards, we sat around and wrapped them up in cute little Xmas bags and finally divided them up to give away to our friends… it was just a fun time with friends and we all got to eat lots of cookies too! :)

October 1, 2012 05:51 PM
Taylor Kearns said...

My favorite baking memory is….the first time I made cake pops for my family. Christmas 2010. The red velvet reindeer ones were the favorite.

October 1, 2012 05:55 PM
Susan Watson said...

i remember my mama pulling the stool up to the stove when i was 3 yrs old, she taught me how to cook scrambled eggs, bacon and toast……she has a photo of me and my grandparents sitting at the table with me at 3 , with the breakfast i wanted to make for them……i’m 44 yrs old now and i will nevr forget it

October 1, 2012 06:04 PM
Debbie Riedy said...

My favoite baking memories was back when I was in junior high school. When we had our first home educ. classes. It was the first time most of the boys and some of us girls ever were allowed to step foot into a kitchen. The first rule was anything we baked we had to eat at the end of the class. No matter how good or bad it tasted. I am sure the teacher gave us good recipes to use. Most of the time, I think she just wanted to get a good laugh and see all of our faces when we tasted what we made. I know we all had fun laughing at each other and we really loved going to that class every week. I still love baking to this day and I actually did become a good baker on my own. I quess the old saying practice makes perfect is true.

October 1, 2012 06:05 PM
jenn t. said...

My favorite baking memory involves rainy days with my Mom. She makes this amazing apple cake in the fall and I loved feeling the warmth of the oven inside the house while hearing the rain on the roof. The smell of the apple cake was divine!

October 1, 2012 06:14 PM
Sandra F said...

I am very lucky to have so many happy memories of baking with my mom. The ones that stant out are at Christmas. Baking day after day cookies and breads and cakes. These were gifts for nieghbores and friends and family. My mom is no longer here but my daughter and I have made many memories.

October 1, 2012 06:27 PM
Amber Cashon said...

I always use ‘family recipes’ but i make them my own by adding and subtracting stuff. We love the holidays

October 1, 2012 06:27 PM
Craig said...

Never can forget baking chocolate chip cookies with my grandmother.

October 1, 2012 06:27 PM
Katie said...

I used to make spritz cookies with my babysitter at Christmas time. Now, whenever I make them I think of Aunt T and how fun they were to make toegther.

October 1, 2012 06:33 PM
Alisa said...

I just started baking. I love making your cream cheese pound cakes and everyone who had a slice has loved it as well. It makes me happy to bake.

October 1, 2012 06:40 PM
Eva McAvoy said...

My memories of making Christmas cookies with my Grandma and Mom every December are ones that I remember fondly. Whenever I bake now I feel them with me!

October 1, 2012 06:52 PM
Kerstine G. said...

When I was growing up, my mom used to be a stay-at-home mom so she would have a lot of time in the kitchen with my brothers and I. It was her hobby so I remember sitting on the kitchen counter licking the frosting off of spoons or eating cookie dough. My favorite memory would have to be when she made actual playdough. I know it may not be something you could eat, but the process of it was just like making actual bread. It would have to sit on the the counter until it rose and we would have to bake it as well in the oven. After, my brothers and I would have a kick from playing with it. (:

October 1, 2012 06:58 PM
Felicity said...

I have lovely memories of making Yankee Panky (basically flapjacks) with my grandmother as a small child. She was the best cook and baker I have ever met and I miss her terribly. But sometimes I make her recipes as a way to connect with her.

October 1, 2012 07:08 PM
Pam McL said...

Every November Mom would start baking Christmas cookies, package them in colorful foil wrapped coffee cans and put them in the big deep freezer. Then mid-December she would get them all out, thaw them and make up plates of goodies for friend, family and neighbors. Only sometimes her sneaky kids would dip into the frozen treats and there wouldn’t be enough of a favorite goodie to pass out.

October 1, 2012 07:12 PM
Dale Pomerantz said...


October 1, 2012 07:24 PM
Ronnie Trompeter said...

Please pick US!

October 1, 2012 07:28 PM
Barbara Myers said...

At age 82 my baking days are much fewer than they once were
but I still love the smell and the finished product.

October 1, 2012 07:30 PM
Heidi said...

I bake Christmas cookies, every year. Even with a broken arm one year! I love to teach my kiddos how to cut out and frost the perfect sugar cookie. I’ve had the same mixer for over 20 years and it has LOTS of miles on it. Gotta love those kitchenAids!

October 1, 2012 07:42 PM
Jennymoomeow said...

My favorite baking memory is at my aunt’s house, mom, me, and Aunt Donna making amazing cakey chocolate cookies with buttercream icing. OMG I still love those cookies!

October 1, 2012 07:45 PM
slm said...

Baking and decorating sugar cookies for christmas.

October 1, 2012 07:46 PM
Anne said...

I loved the time my mother was visiting and my neighbor gave me a lot of apples my mother helped me make apple pies to freeze and saved all the apples. We enjoyed apple pies all winter.

October 1, 2012 07:48 PM
melissa kupper said...


October 1, 2012 07:53 PM
Danielle Ericsson said...

My favorite baking memory is baking Christmas cookies with my family and friends.

October 1, 2012 07:58 PM
Gina said...

I love fall baking! The smell of pumpkin bread in the oven is my favorite.

October 1, 2012 07:58 PM
Leanne Vollert said...

Some of my most wonderful baking times were at Christmas… when I was a little girl the excitement of coming home from school to see all the “cookie” stuff out and ready to go!

October 1, 2012 07:59 PM
Tracy R said...

Just before Christmas we would have a “cookie day”. All my cousins would come over (six of us in all) and we would each pick two kinds of cookies we wanted to make. We would bake all day and have so much fun. When I grew up, I continued this tradition with my nieces and then with my own child. I hope when they are grown and have children of their own they will continue this tradition.

October 1, 2012 08:02 PM
Ilana said...

My favorite memory is any of the baking I do with my son and seeing the excitement he has when it is done.

October 1, 2012 08:07 PM
Cassandra said...

Pumpkin is my absolute favorite ingredient of all time. So I love to make pumpkin pies every year for my family. I usually make two or three large ones to bring to mom’s, dad’s, and my boyfriend’s gatherings; but then I also make mini ones that I hoard all to myself to enjoy for the next week. Yum!

October 1, 2012 08:10 PM
diann said...

The perfect kitchen tool to begin my holiday baking. Holiday baking began very early with my Mom. We started with making various candies, and always ended making cutouts and using the leftover powdered sugar from candy making to make the frosting used for the sugar cookies. So much fun because my mother let us use our creative genius to decorate the cookies….or at least we thought we were genius!

October 1, 2012 08:25 PM
Jenny Irwin said...

In high school, my best friend and I set out to make a cake for my birthday party, decorated like my plates, napkins, etc. We were convinced that our icing recipe was wrong- there was no way that we were supposed to use a box of powdered sugar…so we only used one cup. Needless to say, the cake looked fabulous, but the icing tasted like WAX! I will never try to “correct” a recipe like that again!

October 1, 2012 08:38 PM
Hailey Shuster said...

My favorite baking memory when I first used a Kitchen Aid mixer to beat a meringue. Heaven! I never knew what stiff peaks were until that day.

October 1, 2012 08:38 PM
Violetta said...

I was super excited when I made my first successful cakepops (took a few tries) with my best friend. We made baby blocks for a baby shower!

October 1, 2012 08:38 PM
kmont said...

Fave memory would have to be making chocolate chip cookies for the first time with the kidlet, mainly because she loves them so much and asks for them all the time. Because she knows her mom makes the best (for her that is lol).

October 1, 2012 08:42 PM
Nuray Ates said...

My favorite baking memories involvencelebrating Eid with my family every year. Usually all my women family members come together to make baklava(we never buy phyllo dough…EVER), and also borek which is home made dough with Turkish feta(less crumbly) and parsley. It is so much fun to joke around and create new memories with the younger kids. Unlearn so much about eachother and also every elder’s baking technique….plus the smell of yummy baked goods dont hurt either ;)

October 1, 2012 08:44 PM
Jessica said...

I remember when I was growing up, I would just pour through my mom’s cook books whenever I was bored. I would pick out a recipe and carefully check to make sure I had all of the ingredients. My dad was always happy to eat whatever came out of the oven, even the failed attempts.

October 1, 2012 08:50 PM
Chris Dixon said...

Everything looks so yummy!!!!

October 1, 2012 08:54 PM
Bill Dixon said...

We love cooking/baking. Thanks for the recipes!

October 1, 2012 08:55 PM
Nicole Panico said...

My favorite baking memory is cutting out heart shaped cut-outs on the top crusts of my mom’s apple pies to make them pretty :-) I’m 24 now and we still do it very year!

October 1, 2012 08:55 PM
Pam Revere said...

My best memories are of my Mom baking holiday cookies with my kids. She was from the depression, so she would actually freeze and reuse any cookie dough scraps for future batches!

October 1, 2012 08:56 PM
Michelle L. said...

My mom was all about making memories for her six children as we were growing up. Every holiday we would bake multiple kinds of cookies and breads from scratch, decorate with all the fancy trimmings (like I see on Bakerella) and then we’d deliver baskets to our neighbors. Now I’m baking for my own family and grandkids and not a holiday goes by that I don’t think of my mom and the love she put into teaching us how to cook and to ‘love thy neighbor’. I love your website because it reminds me of happy childhood memories.

October 1, 2012 09:02 PM
Rosanna said...

LOVE your recipes! :)

October 1, 2012 09:07 PM
Rosanna said...

My favorite baking memories are around the holidays. My mom and I share in making cookies and cakes and pies. We love to give them away as gifts as well as eat them ourselves!

October 1, 2012 09:09 PM
Jenny McDermott said...

My favorite baking memory was making a disastrous gingerbread house with my family during Christmas time when I was young. The roof caved in on our gingerbread house, my mom was mad because my brothers and I were laughing, and finally my dad came in after attempting to repair the roof for hours and triumphantly declared that he “fixed it”. Baking and decorating that disaster of a gingerbread house was one of my favorite childhood memories.

October 1, 2012 09:11 PM
Jessica said...

Baking mini blackberry pies with my family after spending the day picking the berries :)

October 1, 2012 09:16 PM
Therese said...

Our family went to England and discovered a small cookie bakery called Ben’s Cookies. Unfortunately, they don’t ship to the US. So, we went online and actually found their chocolate chip cookie recipe. We tried it and it was wonderful!

October 1, 2012 09:36 PM
Staci Martinez said...

My favorite Baking memory has to be : Visiting my Great Grandmother and spending time in her kitchen watching her make dozens of home made sugar cookies and patiently waiting for them to come out the oven and then my job was to place a pecan half or Maraschino Cherry right in the center. She was always so loving and tender even when she cold do the baking as much, she passed on her butter cookie recipe to me. Every year on my birthday, since we shared the same birthdate, I make them with my boys.

October 1, 2012 09:44 PM
Michelle S said...

My mother always made the pies for Thanksgiving dinner. One year she let me help her make the apple pie and let me make a small one for me. I will always remember that day.

October 1, 2012 09:45 PM
Michelle B. said...

One Christmas season, my two younger brothers and I were baking sugar cookies with our mother. She carefully kneaded the dough and sprinkled flour on our kitchen table in preparation of rolling the dough out flat. My brothers and I proceeded to help spread the flour around the table and suddenly Mom exclaims, “Stop being so careful, you’re not getting messy enough! Let’s have some fun!” She slapped both hands down on the table and gently patted our cheeks full of flour. Hands down, my favorite holiday memory. :)

October 1, 2012 10:04 PM
Blair L. said...

My favorite baking memory was just this past august when I had my birthday. My husband never baked before and when he asked what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday, I told him just a simple homemade yellow cake with chocolate frosting. He looked uneasy but I told him I would be supervising just to make sure and follow the directions on the box hahaha and so he did and even though he did it with hesitation and nervousness, I got a wonderfully baked and tasty birthday cake! so far the BEST I’ve ever had! :0)

October 1, 2012 10:05 PM
Rachel B said...

my favorite baking memories are all of baking with my cousin for different family holiday get togethers. My favorite memories of us were when we took our first cake decorating class together, when we made beautiful butterfly cupcakes for Easter, and the first time we made cake pops (they were your cupcake cake pops!)

October 1, 2012 10:08 PM
Christie said...

One of my favorite baking memories is the pie baking contest my sister and I had last year. We were our own judges, but who could lose when there’s pie involved?!

October 1, 2012 10:11 PM
Katy K said...

I have always loved decorating butter cookies at Christmastime with my brothers. We tend to have contests on who can make the funniest, grossest, or most sprinkled cookie. I have and continue to make great memories with my family while baking.

October 1, 2012 10:15 PM
Tiffani said...

I am 18 my mother is a single mother and when i was little my grandmother pretty much raised me . Baking was what i call fun . Every chance my grandmother and I got we baked . We always had fun. The time i remember is her hand mixer got out of controll splattered us with cookie dough ( haha ) . It Went all over the walls and hair . My grandmother ‘s Baking made me passionate about baking and in my near future i hope i will be going to Le Cordon Bleu to be a Pastry Chef. But with out the holiday baking and well daily baking with my grandma i really wouldnt be who i am . i always dreamed if good mixers . im used to me and my ya-ya ( grandma in geek ) using our hands :)

October 1, 2012 10:17 PM
Lene Bond said...

Some of my favorite baking memories involve my Mom and baking holiday cookies known as Peppernuts. Each batch was a two day adventure and we would end up with about 300 cookies per batch. That left a lot of time for talking and laughing and just spending time together.

October 1, 2012 10:22 PM
Karen Roberts said...

My favorite baking memory involves my mom, grandma, great grandma & I all baking dozens of pies in great grandma’s kitchen every year for thanksgiving. Huge Italian family, there was one year we made 8 pumpkin pies & 8 apple pies… by the last 2 of each flavors they almost became apple pumpkin pies because they almost got all the ingredients mixed together because we were all so exhausted.

October 1, 2012 10:22 PM
Kayla said...

Making Christmas cookies and coffee cakes with my mom is always my favorite part of the holidays.

October 1, 2012 10:25 PM
Jane Johnson said...

Memories can be made anytime. The posted pecan pie recipe is an American classic that should bring holiday memories for everyone. Don’t wait until a holiday….my family enjoys pecan pie anyday!

October 1, 2012 10:26 PM
Justine said...

My favorite baking memory is the first time I baked with my mom and we made her famous cheesecake. It was the first time she taught me her recipe and allowed me to do it alone. To this day it is still my favorite thing to bake!

October 1, 2012 10:28 PM
Maria Cardona said...

My favourite baking memory is definitely one of the best and funniest memories I have of my grandmother. I have been baking since I was a little, little girl (under supervision of course!) and when I was around 6 I had gone to my nana’s house after school and begged her to make a cake with me. On this day we were stuck inside during a heavy storm and couldn’t get to the grocery store down the street for ingredients. Living in the south, there were always terrible thunder/rain storms, which often made it almost impossible to go out and drive anywhere. So my nana had this brilliant (and by brilliant I mean terrible) idea to make a makeshift cake out of chocolate pudding mix. She was never really a baker. My goodness it was such a disaster! I mixed it all up and poured the watery pudding mix into a pan and she happily popped it into the oven. 30 minutes later we were sitting on the kitchen floor crying our eyes out from laughing so hard over the gooey, watery pudding cake my grandma had made us concoct. I still bring it up with her to this day and tease her about it and we still laugh just as hard as the day we made it.

P.S. I swear I’m a great baker now. I was six I didn’t know any better!

October 1, 2012 10:32 PM
Ashley said...

My favorite memory would be the whole family in the kitchen, whether it be doing something productive like baking or just running through and sneaking a bite of something.

October 1, 2012 10:32 PM
Ercy D. said...

My favorite baking memories are from my mom baking my Birthday cake every year during my childhood. I loved to help her making it all from scratch. It was always so yummy and moist. It was filled with jelly, custard cream and peaches in the between layers of the sponge cake. The cake tasted even better the day after. It was so special and filled with so much love.

October 1, 2012 10:36 PM
Alda said...

I love baking (and eating) desserts! Sometimes they turn out good enough to eat, and other times it just a plain blob of disaster. (I’m still trying to figure out how to make the perfect french macarons!) Thankfully, I have a family who doesn’t mind scrapping off the burnt parts! =)

October 1, 2012 10:43 PM
Melanie said...

My grandmother is the baker of our family. I’ve never baked along side of her but I love watching her making her famous cakes. No measuring cup, no recipe book. Just her 70+ years of experience. Love my Nana!

October 1, 2012 10:57 PM
Suzanne C. said...

My mother wasn’t a big baker, but every Christmas she’d pull out her grandmother’s recipe for Polish Kolaches (jam cookies) and bake up huge batches of them. She’d let me help cut the butter into the flour, line up tray after tray of the base cookies, and fill them with what seemed to me like endless exotic flavors of jam (to a grape jelly girl!). We were a busy family so there was precious little shared kitchen time – but I could always count on that holiday time with her. It’s a tradition I love sharing with my boys now!

October 1, 2012 10:58 PM
Judy S. said...

When I was a kid I remember my Mom baking lemon cake from a box. I used to hate it! She would always over bake the cake, and that created a thick crust around the cake and I didn’t like it. I thought I hated lemon cake! I kept telling her to take the cake out sooner but she didn’t listen. She listened to me once but never again. I think she just liked it that way. Now, when I bake a lemon cake (from scratch) I think of my mom, and it makes me smile. It turns out that lemon cake is one of my favorite cakes!

October 1, 2012 11:06 PM
Hedyeh G said...

I’m Iranian and our New Years falls around mid March on the first day of spring…every year since I can remember, I help my mother make all the cookies, sweets, chocolates, candies, and baklawa that you can dream of. My favorite was always these little pastries we call “window pastries”…they’re made out of paper thin batter that you pick up with little flower shaped molds and drop in to hot oil and then top with icing sugar. My mom would always let me drop them in and then she would scoop them up once they came to the surface…way too many laughs were made in the process. I hope someday I can continue that tradition with my children too :)

October 1, 2012 11:07 PM
LN said...

my grandmother would make me cinnamon rollups from left over piecrust.

October 1, 2012 11:37 PM
Matthew Gerger said...

I have been baking cookies with my mother since I was about 3 years old. Cookie baking is a big deal with my large extended family and during the past 25+ years. Mom has taught me to bake dozens of her fantastic cookies that are a big hit everytime.

October 1, 2012 11:37 PM
Andrea B said...

I think my favorite baking memory is pretty recent. I was making something and went to grab the powdered sugar. I reached in the cupboard, grabbed it, and…promptly dropped the entire container on the floor…about two pounds of powdered sugar. I took a deep breath, swept it up, put it in a bowl, and introduced my one-and-a-half-year-old to powdered sugar. That mess got MUCH worse before it got better, but it was so much fun!

October 1, 2012 11:46 PM
Dolores said...

When i was learning to make the big fluffy biscuits that we had about every meal it was very difficult. My dad would say every time.” who made the nice crackers” then everybody would throw a fit laughing, even me.

October 1, 2012 11:54 PM
Meredith F. said...

When I was little, my mom would let me help her make cookies and other treats all the time. Her mixer also had a blender attachment and we would make milkshakes sometimes. A couple of months ago, I pulled out her mixer to make cookies, and all these childhood “helping Mom” memories came rushing back. The mixer has a distinct smell (not a bad one) when it is running that helped those memories.

October 1, 2012 11:57 PM
Simone Tarver said...

My favorite baking memory is spending every Christmas season baking cookies and decorating them with my family. I hated it when I was younger but as I have gotten early, it’s become something I look forward to!

October 1, 2012 11:59 PM
natasha said...

my favorite baking memory was my first: when i learned how very important it was to separate wet from dry ingredients before baking! never makin’ that mistake twice! :D

October 1, 2012 11:59 PM
Kelli Dahl said...

My favorite baking memory was making biscochitos with my mom every christmas in every christmas cookie cutter out there. I still love when she makes them even if they are only in circles these days! Brings back so many memories!

October 2, 2012 12:00 AM
Cheryl W said...

Each year for the holidays my mom would gather all the daughters to help her make poteca bread – a delicious spiraled bread with a nut and honey filling. You have to stretch the dough until it covers the table, then you fill it with nuts and roll it up. It was fun to make and amazing to eat!!!

October 2, 2012 12:05 AM
Heather said...

My favorite baking memory is my mom making tea rings every Christmas. The cinnamon roll dough smelled amazing while baking and my brothers and sister and I couldn’t wait to get a piece of it! My mom always topped it with a powdered sugar glaze and green and red cherry halves. She passed away on September 16 this year – now it is up to us to keep the tradition going.

October 2, 2012 12:10 AM
emy said...

Baking pumpkin pie with my dad. Every year i get “training” on making the crust. Which actually means i just have to watch. Keep in mind I’m 37. Wonder when I’ll move up to the hands on training part of this course.

October 2, 2012 12:10 AM
kay said...

favorite baking memory…eating all the yum-yums.

October 2, 2012 12:12 AM
Sahar said...

I loved helping my mom shape cookies when I was little, even though mine always looked like blobs instead of her braided perfection.

October 2, 2012 12:12 AM
erin said...

watching my grandma make butter cookies.

October 2, 2012 12:13 AM
Jennifer Kieper said...

Love those cake pops!

October 2, 2012 12:22 AM
Jasmin Orellana said...

My favorite memory was baking and decorating my first ginger bread house with my great grandmother and now every Christmas I make a house with my kids in memory of her :)

October 2, 2012 12:22 AM
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