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.

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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.

Enjoy!

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Katie Z. said...

My favorite baking memory doesn’t have me baking at all but my mom! She used to bake all of the bread we ate, and I mean from scratch- mixing, rising, kneading, rolling and baking. And we went through a lot of bread being a family of seven. It was a labor of love and she has forever ruined me because I have the hardest time with store-bought bread!

September 24, 2012 06:42 AM
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Kelly B said...

My favorite holiday baking memory is making chocolate peanut butter fudge with my grandfather. It was his special holiday treat. I never saw him cook any other time of the year but at Christmas time he would take out the candy thermometer and all the pots and pans and he would cook like a well seasoned chef. He has long since passed away but his fudge lives on in my heart and my tummy as truely the best holiday treat. it’s a tradition I will share with my kids and hopefully my grand kids one day!

September 24, 2012 06:43 AM
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Anissa said...

My favorite baking memory was when my mother was visiting my family before the Christmas holidays about 5 years ago. She was baking a tray of her world-famous baklava (which she learned how to make from my father’s mother). She had great disdain for my electric oven, which just wasn’t the same as her gas oven at home. The pastry wasn’t browning properly on the top so she decided to briefly put the broiler on. Let’s just say, phyllo dough and lots of melted butter are highly combustible. Within about 30 seconds, we had a tray of baklava flambe!

September 24, 2012 06:43 AM
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Julia said...

I remember making pitzelles with my grandma, aunt and cousins. It always made us feel special to be able to help them and even today baking with family is one of my favorite things. I can’t wait to be able to pass that tradition on to my children!

September 24, 2012 06:43 AM
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Dawn said...

I loved making pralines at Christmas time using the pecans that I had picked from our trees.

September 24, 2012 06:44 AM
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margaret k said...

Several years ago, I heard of Cookie Swaps for the first time and immediately planned my first annual Christmas Cookie Swap for friends and neighbors. Great fun!
One Christmas, my parents were visiting from out of state, and I brought out the cookies from the swap to show my mom. She looked at the plate for a moment and said, “I bet you those two are the ones you made.” She was right! How in the world did she know?? I had not used any of her old recipes, and she had not been there when I baked them. My mom was awesome!!!

September 24, 2012 06:44 AM
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Kerrin said...

My almost 2-year old daughter now loves to help me bake, so every time we make something together, it’s extra special.

September 24, 2012 06:44 AM
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Lara Lindeque said...

One Christmas i baked cupcakes and distributed them around town to the homeless children. their joy and smiles are forever etched into my memory :)

September 24, 2012 06:45 AM
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Ashley said...

Making cookies at Christmas.

September 24, 2012 06:45 AM
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Aliza Edery said...

My favorite baking memory was last year. My fiance and I decided to give out cookies as gifts but somehow he convinced me to bake EVERYTHING the night before. We started at 6 pm and baked almost 400 cookies (6 different kinds), we finished at 2 am.It was such a dumb idea to wait, but thankfully they were all delicious.

September 24, 2012 06:46 AM
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Sarah Carletti said...

My favorite baking memory is my first baking session with my little daughter. She was standing on the stool and helping me dump and mix. Precious moments together.

September 24, 2012 06:46 AM
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Beth @ Hungry Happenings said...

I have so many amazing baking memories, but I have to say that the year our whole extended family made gingerbread houses together was the most fun. Everyone had such a great time that afternoon. At one point my nephew added something silly to his house and he started giggling. Well, that laughter was so contagious that before long everyone was in on it. Tears were streaming down faces and bathroom breaks were necessary. His house looked silly, but that’s what made it so delightful.

September 24, 2012 06:46 AM
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Janet said...

I treasure memories of time spent baking and decorating July 4th cookies – sometimes it’s just my three girls and sometimes the project includes nieces and nephews that are visiting. Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face!!

September 24, 2012 06:46 AM
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sharon said...

My favorite baking memories revolve around baking my children, then my grandchildren. The tug of war over who gets to lick the spoon and the flour on the floor. Sweet memories.

September 24, 2012 06:47 AM
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Esther said...

I tried my hand at baking cake pops for the first time last Christmas. I didn’t realize the time it would take to make a batch and was up all night. But not alone! My sisters stayed up with me, making them looks pretty assembly-line style. It was great to be up, chatting, and sharing the moment while putting our creativity to use!

September 24, 2012 06:47 AM
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Tiffany said...

Neither of parents or any of my grandparents baked…but we did make my late grandma’s anise seed Christmas cookies every year and that is a fond memory.

September 24, 2012 06:47 AM
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allieizziesweets said...

Those pecan pies look delicious!! I have to try making them. My favourite baking memories are making simple cakes with my mom. Licking the bowl was the part that keeps that memory alive! My most recent memories are making cake pops with my own children. They are fascinated at the whole process. They always have smiles on their faces when we bake and make diffrent things. These memories will live on for all of us for a long time!! You’re a great inspiration Bakerella!!

September 24, 2012 06:48 AM
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Joanne said...

Every year I would help my grandmother and mom bake cookies for Christmas. My grandma never had recipes written down. Everything was in her head and somehow them always came out great!
Now I bake with my kids. They are always eager to help. My recipes are written down. Lol

September 24, 2012 06:48 AM
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Christi G said...

When I was a child, any time my mom was baking pies, I would get a ball of pie crust to work with, too. I would roll it out, just like she did, but then cut the dough into shapes, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and put on a cookie sheet to bake. Once baked, we all enjoyed “scraps”. To this day, any leftover pie crust gets made into scraps and is enjoyed just as much as the pie itself.

September 24, 2012 06:49 AM
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sarag said...

My favorite baking memory is when my mom and I would bake for hours and listen to christmas,music. Especially johnny mathis, dolly parton and kenny rogers. And to this day we still listen to them.

September 24, 2012 06:49 AM
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Pen said...

My favorite baking memory began about 7 years ago. Around the time my daughter turned 1, she began helping with our Christmas cutouts. My six year old son also joins in the fun. Baking is just better when it’s done with the ones you love!

September 24, 2012 06:49 AM
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Nola said...

One of my favorite baking memories is not mine, but rather my daughter’s. When she was about 9 years old, she thought she would surprise us by baking muffins (all by herself). We awoke to the smell of them. They looked beautiful! When we bit into them, however, there was a taste of baking powder. I thought maybe I had just gotten a little pocket of powder that hadn’t gotten stirred in. But, sure enough, the second bite also had that same strange sensation. When I asked her how much baking powder she had used, she said she had put in what the recipe called for (3 teaspoons). When I asked her what teaspoon she had used, she pulled one of the teaspoons from the silverware drawer. I then showed her the comparison measurements of both teaspoons and the teaspoon used for eating equals about 1 1/2 measuring teaspoons. We had a good laugh, and she learned a great lesson in baking. It still brings a smile to my face when I think about it 20+ years later.

September 24, 2012 06:50 AM
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Kim of Mo'Betta said...

My favorite baking memory is also one made during the holidays. I always thought my mom’s cut out sugar cookies with the different colored frostings were the coolest thing. And of course, getting to decorate then eat them. As an adult I’ve learned they were Pillsbury sugar cookies with just powdered sugar and food coloring…but they are still the best! (but only when mom makes them.)

September 24, 2012 06:50 AM
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Jessica said...

I’m currently making tons of favorite baking memories. My daughter is five and for over a year now her dream has been to own her own bakery. She and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking and experimenting. She finds new recipes or sees pictures and we try to recreate them. I’m trying to teach her all I know. It’s just a really fun and special time.

September 24, 2012 06:51 AM
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Lara said...

Watching my grandmother bake pies with my son, definately the best baking memory ever.

September 24, 2012 06:52 AM
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Vicki H. said...

My fav baking memory was watching my mom and my then 5-year-old daughter making my great-grandma’s crackle-top molasses cookies. Usually I do most of the baking, but it was great to see my mother and my daughter making an old family recipe. I felt pride in knowing that the tradition lives on…as an added bonus, the crackle-top molasses cookies now happen to be my daughter’s favorite cookie (and mine as well)! The imaging of the 2 of them baking those cookies will be with me forever.

September 24, 2012 06:53 AM
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Kate said...

My Mom has one old cookbook from her mother with an illustrated step-by-step cartoon demonstration of how to make gingerbread boys. Nothing says holiday baking to me quite like those images of their raisin eyes and white icing outlines. Love to bake and decorate gingerbread boys with my own children now!

September 24, 2012 06:53 AM
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Patti L. said...

You fondest baking memory is the first year I baked Christmas cookies with my Godchildren. Seeing their faces light up with joy at what they had just accomplished. Wonderful memories that I will cherish.

September 24, 2012 06:53 AM
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Rebecca L said...

I love baking, especially with the opportunity to make memories. A couple years ago my dad asked me to come over just before Christmas. When I got there he asked me if I would make Christmas cut-outs with him. I spent the whole day, enjoying my dad’s company and making delicious cookies. It was a very special day for me.

September 24, 2012 06:53 AM
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Aileen Main said...

I learned to bake at school in Scotland when I was 12. I still have wonderful memories of that school kitchen and can still recall how it smelled.

September 24, 2012 06:54 AM
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koren said...

during the holiday’s my mom and I would bake cookies for friends and family.I think it was about 20 or more kinds. It would take us weeks to finishe all the diffrent kinds of cookies but it was awesome to see the table filled with all the cookies and all the kinds. it was alot of fun. Something I hope to do with my two kids I have all her stained recipie cards. It’s wonderful!!

September 24, 2012 06:56 AM
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Sally Fowkes said...

One of my favorites is when my daughter made brownies all by herself. I taught her well.

September 24, 2012 06:57 AM
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Sally Fowkes said...

One of my favorites is when my daughter made brownies all by herself. I taught her well.

September 24, 2012 06:57 AM
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Laurel said...

making and decorating gingerbread houses with my two girls – we’ve done it several times and it’s always a good time!

September 24, 2012 06:59 AM
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Lisa said...

I always love baking apple and peach pies with my mom. We would make batches of them to freeze so that no matter when we wanted pies, they would be ready. Now that I have children of my own, we have continued this tradition with their help.

September 24, 2012 06:59 AM
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Artemis said...

It’s holiday baking with my mom for me as we’ll. all kinds of delicious treats from her childhood in Greece. Kouriambiethes, melomakarouna, mmmm ….

September 24, 2012 07:00 AM
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BethanyM828 said...

My favorite baking memory is when I was little my Mom and Dad worked late so my sister and I would bake Christmas cookies together and decorate them to have as a nice suprise for them! I was always in charge of selecting the shapes and cutting them out and my brother would tint the icing! My sister was the only one alowed to put them in the oven, now every winter I make a huge batch and take them to my sister’s house and some to my brother!

September 24, 2012 07:00 AM
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Judy Catalano said...

My first and favorite baking memory was with my grandmother. She was a wonderful cook and baker. She never measured anything and it always came out right. her apple pie was wonderful. To get her recipes my mother would have to measure every ingredient as my grandmother put it into the bowl. It was fun and it is one of my favorite memories of baking

September 24, 2012 07:01 AM
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Michelle said...

Our families are originally from Canada, and as such, Christmas is just not the same without Nanaimo bars. We usually have to import one of the main ingredients…Bird’s custard powder, as it isn’t readily available at any grocery store I have been to. I generally find myself baking two large pans of bars in one day…one for us to eat from or freeze and one for adding pieces to gift trays.

September 24, 2012 07:02 AM
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blima said...

I remember the first time my brother and I wanted to surprise my family with bread. We put so much yeast and used so much flour we ended up with a huge huge mess.

September 24, 2012 07:03 AM
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Deb said...

Baking Christmas cookies with my mom. Picking out the recipes we would make, going shopping for ingredients and spending time together baking and delivering our delicious creations.

September 24, 2012 07:03 AM
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Carrie C said...

Every year at Thanksgiving I make pumpkin cupcakes and apple pie for my family.

September 24, 2012 07:03 AM
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Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

When my parents had their kitchen redone, the few days after it was finished my mom and I had a non-stop baking marathon. We basically made anything and everything we could think of, it was glorious.

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

I first got really into baking a few years ago when I was trying to get my friend to watch an episode of a show with me, and we decided to bake a snack to go along with it. Never ended up watching the show, but we made an absurd cake (chocolate cake, chocolate butter cream, chocolate ganache, and graham crack just stabbed all over the outside), that started off the Summer Time Cake Series, a few years of making cakes weekly for our friends. It was fabulous!

September 24, 2012 07:04 AM
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Amanda P said...

My worst moment in baking turned into my best memory. I was making a pony shaped cake for a coworker’s child’s birthday. When trying to ice the carved cake, it ripped chunks out of the cake because I had not learned to crumb coat yet! I started bawling in frustration, but my dear husband came in, and using his engineering skills, pasted my poor broken cake together and helped me finish!

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

My sister and I started baking Christmas cookies together every year several years ago. Sadly, my husband and I moved away last year.

September 24, 2012 07:04 AM
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Beth K said...

My mom, grandma, and aunt used to make so many different kinds of cookies and sweets every Christmas. I learned to make so many different yummy things! My favorites are peanut butter balls, spritz, and of course, cut-out cookies. I can’t wait for Christmas now!

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

My favorite baking memory is standing on a chair in my little apron “helping” her make cinnamon rolls.

September 24, 2012 07:04 AM
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Christina Clark said...

My favorite baking memory is baking Christmas cookies with my daughter cookie exchange parties & to give to all her wonderful friends & teachers.

We work together in our matching Santa aprons with Christmas music in the background and completely trash the kitchen. But it’s all worth it for that special time with my daughter & all the yummy treats.

I think we might even attempt baking our own Ginger bread house & gingerbread man cookies this year.

Would love a great gingerbread recipe if anyone has one to share.

September 24, 2012 07:05 AM
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Rebecca said...

Baking with my preschoolers – so fun to see how much they enjoyed measuring, pouring, and watching the mixer stir up their favorite cookies!

September 24, 2012 07:05 AM
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Christine said...

The first time I tried making cake pops were for my friend’s bridal shower. I was afraid of how things would turn out, but I followed bakerella’s recipe and tips to a T and they were a hit! :)

September 24, 2012 07:06 AM
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Trina @ Craft Anyway! said...

My favorite baking memory is my grandmother teaching my sister and I how to make pies from scratch for a Girl Scout badge. We had so much fun and made such a great memory.

September 24, 2012 07:06 AM
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Nola said...

One of my favorite baking memories was when my 9 year old daughter decided to surprise us with muffins. We awoke to a wonderful smell and they looked absolutely beautiful. When I took that first bite, however, it had that baking powder taste. I thought I may have just gotten a piece of baking powder that didn’t get mixed in. The second bite had that same strange taste to it. When I asked her how much baking powder she had used, she showed me the recipe said 3 teaspoons. Then I asked her what teaspoon she had used. She pulled one out of the silverware drawer. We compared measurements and I showed her how the eating teaspoon equals 1 1/2 measuring teaspoons. A good lesson learned that still brings a smile to my face 20+ years later.

September 24, 2012 07:06 AM
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Sarah said...

My favorite baking memory is last year…supervising my (at the time) 4th grade daughter and her science experiment on cupcakes…don’t forget, you have to repeat the procedure 5 times!!!! We had a TON of cupcakes left over…so we helped a friend’s homeless ministry by serving her delicious cupcakes! I think that’s a moment she will never forget!

September 24, 2012 07:07 AM
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Cynthia J. said...

My favorite memory was when my sister and I each got to invite a friend over and spend the Saturday baking Christmas shaped sugar cookies. We got to decorate and eat them, then sent some home with our friends.

September 24, 2012 07:07 AM
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Danielle Jones said...

My favorite is baking pumpkin log rolls with just about anybody! I have made them with so many friends and family members, it is always a great time.

September 24, 2012 07:07 AM
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Brianna said...

We always baked on or around my November birthday – trying to get a jump on the holidays! My 9th birthday we baked all day long since we had a snowday. My mom ended up droppinga pile cookies into the oven and setting them ablaze … Sending all the kids onto the front porch while she panicked inside! Hilarious. She let us eat as many cookies as we wanted if we kept her secret from Dad.

September 24, 2012 07:07 AM
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Ellen M. said...

My favorite baking memory is making cut-out cookies and then having my girls decorate them. The counters would be covered with cookies, colored frosting, decorating bags, spreaders, and every sprinkle sprinkle in the house! Many happy hours passed while decorating their masterpieces!

September 24, 2012 07:07 AM
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Andrea G said...

I make a chocolate pie every thanksgiving and Christmas for my daughters. They spend the rest of the year trying to make up reasons for me to make It again. Last year I taught my oldest and she was so excited. They look forward to those holidays just for chocolate pie!

September 24, 2012 07:08 AM
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Jennifer said...

My favorite baking memory is baking and decorating sugar cookies with my sister.

September 24, 2012 07:08 AM
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Becky said...

I actually have a lot of wonderful baking memories. But, one of my favorites happened every fall. My family and I would go peach and apple picking and then head home to make peach and apple pies for the High Holidays. Of course we’d also put a peach pie in the oven right away to make sure the peaches were good that year (that is of course after we’d eaten a few while we picked – quality control was very important ;)).

September 24, 2012 07:08 AM
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Gwen said...

Baking Christmas cookies with my girls when they were little.

September 24, 2012 07:09 AM
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Melissa L. said...

One of my earliest memories is making cookies with my Gram and cousins, we would usually make p.b. cookies and we would take turns criss crossing them with the fork, now when I make p.b. cookies with my kids that is their favorite part.

September 24, 2012 07:11 AM
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Lauren said...

My favorite baking memory is when I was a kid making fudge & Rice Krispie treats with my grandmother in her kitchen after school right during the holidays. I’d pull up the footstool to the counter and dump & mix all of the ingredients. She really made me feel a part of the baking, even though I really wasn’t doing much. It has become a tradition that I continue with my nephew now and hope to share with my kids when I have them.

September 24, 2012 07:11 AM
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Jessy said...

Me and my best friend have a long standing tradition of making chocolate tarts together. It’s our thing :)

September 24, 2012 07:11 AM
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Mary Vogel said...

Baking Christmas cookies of course!

September 24, 2012 07:12 AM
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Brooke said...

My favorite baking memory is making Christmas cookies with my mom who isn’t so great at cooking but likes to sit around and eat the cookie dough with me :)

September 24, 2012 07:12 AM
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Brandi said...

I love making amos and andy candy with my paw paw each year.

September 24, 2012 07:13 AM
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Tracy D said...

My grandmother’s Christmas cookies are the best and I always loved decorating them with her. After she passed, my aunt continued the tradition. Now I get to take my son over to sit around with the family and decorate “Grandma’s cookies” every year. :)

September 24, 2012 07:14 AM
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Crystal said...

I learned to bake from my Great Grandma, she was so patient, gentle and kind. . .I remeber we were making something that needed to be rolled out with a rolling pin. Well I was about 8 and all of a sudden my rolling pin DIDN’T have a handle. We spend what seemed like an hour looking for that silly thing and ended up using the pin with out one of the handles and laughed the whole time. When we were done and hung our aprons mine was a little heavier and the handle had fallen into a smaller side pocket we hadn’t checked or felt.

September 24, 2012 07:14 AM
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Smoochiefrog said...

My favorite memory is one I hope I’m also passing onto my daughter’s, helping my mom bake in the kitchen. It was always such a fun time.

September 24, 2012 07:15 AM
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Kathy P said...

My favorite baking memory is with my grandma. She made the best Coconut Cakes! People actually paid her to make them a cake. When I got older she let me help her on occasion. I would use a old heavy spoon and scrape the coconut out of it’s shell. She never used store bought coconut, always a real, break it open with a hammer coconut. She loved to bake other goodies too. Sour Cream Pound Cake, Pinwheel candies, a Crazy Cake. Oh I miss her so much!

September 24, 2012 07:15 AM
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Diane P. said...

Making all of our family recipes for the holidays, makes me think of my Grandmother and Mom.

September 24, 2012 07:16 AM
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Liz S said...

I remember baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my mom, sister, and grandma. It was a tradition we did every year. My mom and grandma would frost them and my sister and I would decorate them.

September 24, 2012 07:16 AM
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Anne Marie said...

My favorite memories are baking and decorating Christmas cookies and then, of course, eating said Christmas cookies.

September 24, 2012 07:17 AM
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Christy B said...

Baking Christmas cookies with my kids when they were little. They had so much fun!

September 24, 2012 07:17 AM
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Kim B said...

I love to bake and making treats for family and friends is so much fun! My husband’s Grandma Doodlebug makes the best mini whoopie pies every year at Christmas and they are sooo good! So many wonderful traditions that include baking :)

September 24, 2012 07:17 AM
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Angie Summerhill said...

My favorite memory is when I made my first carved cake for my son. That thing took two whole days to finish and it wasnt even huge. I had green frosting from one side of the kitchen to the other it definately looked like a tornado went thru but in the end everyone loved it and that begun my love of cake baking and decorating. This prize would definately make things easier.

September 24, 2012 07:18 AM
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Laufa said...

Making yeast rolls with my Grandma and my kids at Christmas. Grandma has passed on now, but I was smart enough to take pictures.

September 24, 2012 07:18 AM
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Rhiannon A. said...

My grandmother on my mom’s side was always baking something. I can’t even count the number of times I stood next to her KitchenAid mixer waiting to add the next ingredient.! My favorite recipe to make was her Chocolate Picnic Cake, now a favorite in my house!

September 24, 2012 07:18 AM
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Perkies said...

Baking with my parents in their in-home bakery. I thought it was a pain at the time, but now as an adult, its a useful skill and something I can share with my kids!

September 24, 2012 07:18 AM
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Denise said...

My grandmother is who I think of when I bake during the holidays. We would make pretty pizzelle cookies every year and more. Now I make tons of sugar cookies every Christmas and invite my family and friend’s kids over for a huge cookie decorating party – I’ve been doing it about 12 years now and its gotten really big – but its my favorite thing to do every year!

September 24, 2012 07:19 AM
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Judy A. said...

Looking back on old recipe cards and finding ones handwriten by my mother and grandmother. And then baking with those same recipe cards!

September 24, 2012 07:20 AM
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Jill said...

My favorite baking memory is baking with my daughter. Now that she is getting married, her soon-to-be husband enjoys our baked goods. Thanks !!!!!

September 24, 2012 07:20 AM
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Katie said...

My favorite baking memories are baking chocolate chip chip cookies with my parents and brother in my childhood home. Dad helped us mix the batter, mom helped us scoop the batter, while we sat on the counter and enjoyed measuring out the packed brown sugar in measuring spoons that looked like eggs! Can’t wait to do the same with my future kiddos some day!

September 24, 2012 07:21 AM
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Joy said...

My favorite memories are baking Christmas cookies with my Mom and little brother … I am looking forward to baking this year with our 4 year old son … he will be super excited to help decorate the cookies.

September 24, 2012 07:21 AM
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Kristin said...

My favorite baking memory is going to spend an entire day with my grandmother to learn and record her recipes. Many are just passed down from generations, but are just stored in her head and would be lost someday. It was a really fun day, one of my favorite memories, and now I have the recipes to keep forever!

September 24, 2012 07:21 AM
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MARIA R said...

Baking an apple pie with my mother. She used to let me cut the apples and I just couldn’t believe that we could make something so good together. The pie was amazing but so was the time we spent making it.

September 24, 2012 07:22 AM
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Susan Mahrt said...

I love your website! My favorite baking experience will always be Christmas cookies at Christmas!!

September 24, 2012 07:22 AM
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tammy d. said...

My mom teaching my sister and I how to make chocolate chip cookies. We didn’t have a ton of food in the house but we always had everything to make a batch of cookies. Sunday afternoons……ahhh memories.

September 24, 2012 07:23 AM
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Kalee said...

Baking with my grandmother in her kitchen. She’d give me pie crust dough remnants to make jam tarts. Such a vivid, sweet memory.

September 24, 2012 07:23 AM
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Elizabeth said...

When I was younger, my mom would always bake bread with us in the summer. I loved doing that, and now baking bread is one of my favorite things to do!

September 24, 2012 07:23 AM
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Jamie Grant said...

Much like you, Bakerella, I have wonderful memories of baking with family members. My grandmother, who was a baker professionally, was never too tired for rambunctious little kids, and always had a place for me at her kitchen table, to help with her latest work. She instilled a love of baking and creating memories in me that has only gotten stronger with time, and with her loss. I can’t make much of anything in my kitchen, using her heirloom tools, that doesn’t make me think of my Nanny. I know everything she made tasted even better because of the love she put in, and I only hope I can be half as good as she was. That would still be fabulous!!

September 24, 2012 07:23 AM
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Lorena Pardo said...

Making Halloween sugar cookies with my best friend in high school. We made black bats that turned everybody’s mouth black when they ate them.

September 24, 2012 07:23 AM
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MARIA R said...

Baking holiday cookies with my mother and aunt. We used to bake nonstop the first few weeks of december and then give out all the cookies. Such delicious cookiesn and fun memories. .

September 24, 2012 07:23 AM
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Astrid said...

When I was maybe 5, I decided to make some cookies all by myself, with things that I loved. My grandmother came into the kitchen as I was about to put a cookie sheet with dollops of peanut butter with a carrot stick stuck in the top of each one in the oven. She stopped me and that was when I learned about essesntial ingredients in cookies, and following recipes and modifying them. :)

September 24, 2012 07:24 AM
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Charisa said...

Getting up early to help my family cook Thanksgiving dinner. There’s nothing like stuffing a bird in your pj’s and robe while listening to Christmas music and having the Macy’s Day Parade on in the background!

September 24, 2012 07:24 AM
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Sue said...

I spent the night with my grandmother every Saturday night, and we spent all day Sunday baking.

September 24, 2012 07:25 AM
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Dar said...

When my mom comes to visit me, we usually bake up some croissants. Now I usually teach her baking tips instead of the other way around!

September 24, 2012 07:25 AM
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Vanessa Platto said...

My favorite memory is when I started making a “Happy Birthday” cake for baby Jesus with my grandbabies. We bake it and then decorate it together. Such a sweet time! Even sweeter is when we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. My sweet little granddaughter closed her eyes and folded her hands as if she was praying. Still makes me smile!

September 24, 2012 07:26 AM
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