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…

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

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Melissa H said...

My favorite memory was watching my mom bake. She made wedding cakes and all sorts of other cakes for family. One day she let me squeeze little stars on my Smurf birthday cake. I was hooked on baking ever since.

October 4, 2012 12:52 PM
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Shannon Bates said...

My favorite baking memory is hovering around mum when she baked pies because she would give me and my siblings the leftover pie dough. We would shake cinnamon sugar over the dough and roll it up into ill formed crescents (they always looked perfect at the time!) to be put in the oven. The resulting treats were always amazing! I grew up as one of 12 children and mum always took the time to let us “help” her in the kitchen. She has been gone for 5 years now but I have her rolling pin that I use exclusively for rolling out pie dough…

October 4, 2012 12:52 PM
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Valerie S said...

My mom always made the most delicious mini pecan pies, in mini cupcake sizes. They were amazing and perfect. She would start her baking early in the season and freeze them in large containers in the spare freezer in the basement. At lest 8 different kinds of cookies but these were my all time favorite.

October 4, 2012 01:14 PM
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Jordan said...

One of my favorite baking memories is probably making mincemeat pie with my grandmother. She made them for every Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I was always so excited when I got to help her. I still use her lattice top crust design when I make double crust pies!

October 4, 2012 01:15 PM
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kendra said...

I never thought I could bake well. So when I friend asked me to bake a cake for a baby shower of a mutual friend, I was a bit worried. Wanting to cover all my bases, I chose and baked three different cakes. These included, a strawberry cake with white chocolate cream frosting, an apple cake with caramel glaze, and a chocolate mint cake. Much to my surprise, all three turned out amazingly well. I got rave reviews during the shower, and my family requests that I make the strawberry dream cake for all big occasions now!

October 4, 2012 01:18 PM
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Kori said...

My favorite baking memory is from college. My roommate and I each had something large due in our classes the following day, so we stayed up super late and worked on our papers/projects together. Throughout the evening, we distracted ourselves with multiple things, one of which was baking (and eating) brownies :)

October 4, 2012 01:35 PM
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kai said...

my mother baked fruitcakes for the mailman, feed grinder, hired men, etc. and they were wonderful

October 4, 2012 01:36 PM
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Robin S said...

My favorite baking memories are of my Grandma (aka Lola in Filipino) making chocolate chip cookies. I think she made the recipe up in her head. The cookies always ended up being hard as rocks & burnt, but they were made with love. She would also break them up into a bowl & pour some milk (her version of cookies & milk!) To this day, this is how I’ll also eat my homemade chocolate chip cookies.

October 4, 2012 01:36 PM
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Rayna said...

Every christmas my family makes sugar cookies and sit around decorating them while listening to old christmas music recordings. Seems cliche, but I love it.

October 4, 2012 01:39 PM
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Carol Warner said...

My favorite memory is my mom trying to make divinity. This was probably 45 years ago and mom didn’t have a stand mixer. When she poured the hot mixture into the bowl, the bowl cracked and she threw the whole mess out the back door! The best part is, she doesn’t remember it!

October 4, 2012 01:42 PM
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Ann Marie said...

My favorite memory was making whoopie pies with my mom.

October 4, 2012 02:19 PM
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Anna C said...

My favorite baking memories are making Christmas Carol Rolls with all my siblings, and now making them with my kids and keeping the tradition alive in my family.

October 4, 2012 02:21 PM
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Mary B. said...

Hands down, my favorite memory is making gingerbread houses with my mom. I was always in awe of how she made them and never dreamed I’d be good enough to bake the gingerbread, construct the houses, or pipe on those icicles as the last step. Now that I have 3 kids of my own, I’ve learned how to do each of those things and I still love going to Mom’s and decorating with her!

October 4, 2012 02:22 PM
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Cellen Loto said...

My favorite baking moment… When my boy was barely 2 and will sit on the counter while we bake cookies… from frozen dough! He will tell everyone who will listen that his mom is the best baker ever. He knows the difference now that he is 8 but his little sister is now my helper as I move into making cakepops. Will still do frozen doughs and they still think I am the best in the kitchen.

October 4, 2012 02:26 PM
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Sara Kuhn said...

I loved, and still do, baking Christmas cookies with my mom. Spritz cookies were extra special because it was the one time of year I baked with dad.

October 4, 2012 02:33 PM
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Teri said...

My favorite baking memory is when my sister comes in town for Christmas and we spend all weekend baking for family and freinds. My sister is the queen of baking!

October 4, 2012 02:47 PM
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Lindsay said...

I was diagnosed with thyroid disease when I was 22 and it caused me to have really bad anxiety. I would wake up in the middle of the night with panic attacks and not be able to go back to sleep. I was living at my dad’s house at the time and my dad would get up in the middle of the night with me and we would bake an apple pie. I made the crust from scratch and he did the filling. It was a really helpful way to combat my panic attacks in the middle of the night and I would get a sweet treat in the end (apple pie and time with my dad). I have since recovered and my thyroid disease and anxiety are under control. I will never forget those times though and am very thankful to have a dad who cares so much and loves to bake just as much as I do.

October 4, 2012 02:50 PM
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Brie H said...

My Mom and I bake together every year. It doesn’t feel like a true holiday unless we are eating her cranberry nut bread on both Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings. For the 2 Thanksgivings when I lived far from home and couldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, my Mom shipped me cranberry nut bread as a special treat so I could celebrate properly.

October 4, 2012 03:04 PM
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Melissa said...

My favorite baking memory is the day my mother showed me how to make her infamous cheesecake brownies. I haven’t been able to find anything quite like them!

October 4, 2012 03:06 PM
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Dee said...

My mom wasn’t much of a baker, but once it got close to Christmas she changed her tune. We’d always end up in the kitchen all together a few weeks before Christmas baking up a storm to make goody plates full of all sorts of treats for all the neighbors. Now I’m learning to bake with a little one in the kitchen of my own!

October 4, 2012 03:14 PM
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Amy said...

Being the eldest of five children I would always have the privilege of helping my mom baking/cooking for the holidays. For the past several years my parents have lived oversees teaching and I took on the job as “chef/baker” for the holiday gatherings. Last year they were able to be home during the holidays, and it was such a complete joy to be by my mother’s side again preparing food together like when I was younger.

October 4, 2012 03:22 PM
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audra said...

my mom and I loved to bake cookies when I was a kid. One of my favorites that we made alot is the Chocolate No Bake cookies with oats and peanut butter. I dont make those alot now since my son is allergic to peanuts. But I sure do make a lot of cupcakes that my kids love. My two boys now like to help me make cupcakes and decorate them with homemade frosting and sprinkles.

October 4, 2012 03:22 PM
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Valentina said...

I’m not much of a baker, but my sister is, and she makes really delicious stuff. She never asks for help, but again I’m not much of a help in the kitchen anyway. However, one time I helped A LOT – she was making our brother’s wedding cake – this HUGE 5 tier fondant cake (with chocolate buttercream and almond praline) and she had been working around the clock for two days and she was almost at her breaking point, so I offered to help. To my surprise she actually wanted my help and was very happy I had offer, so she explained how to do somethings and I followed it to the tee. Since everyone always complains that I never help around the kitchen I demanded that my help that day would be documented. My sister took lots of pictures and we had a great time laughing. I did not do much, but at the end all her hard work paid off because the cake was GORGEOUS and better so, it was DELICIOUS!
I hope I win this for my sister :)

October 4, 2012 03:31 PM
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SwimMomTrishA said...

When I was a kid, my neighbor would always make angle food cake, with a sweet glaze. She taught me how to separate an egg before there were fancy gadgets !!! Kristi, you were the best !!

October 4, 2012 03:38 PM
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Amy M said...

My favorite baking memories are when I would make treats for intermission at my son’s high school plays. I would make them fit with the show and my favorite was Sweeney Todd. I made little hand pies in peach and cherry!

October 4, 2012 03:39 PM
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Shelby Rhey said...

Always loved baking with my Gram…she made huge trays of angenettes and those fried cookies that you dip in batter and sprinkle with powdered sugar….love them!!!

October 4, 2012 03:41 PM
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Sarah said...

My favorite memory is making sugar cookies with lemon powdered sugar icing with my mother. She used to use the silver ball-like shiny sprinkles to decorate christmas tree shaped cookies! And she made (makes still) the best Linzer cookies…

October 4, 2012 03:43 PM
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Cheryl said...

Baking sugar cookies with my Mom and my kids!

October 4, 2012 03:48 PM
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Paola said...

My Baking memory was when i made my daughters 1st birthday cake balls for the first time they came out great everybody thought I had gotten them at a bakery!!

October 4, 2012 03:56 PM
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Vanessa said...

My favorite baking memories are the ones I’m creating now in the first apartment where I’ve lived alone. It get to look out the window at beautiful trees while kneading dough. The smell permeates my colorful and warm apartment. I am one lucky girl! :)

October 4, 2012 03:58 PM
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Aliza said...

One night, 2 friends and I baked chocolate chip cookies for friends of our as a good-luck gift. we made a quadruple recipe (or maybe more – the memories are a bit vague now, 10 years later) and, hundreds of cookies later, we were finally ready to leave the kitchen. They were delicious :) and much appreciated. Funnily enough, I often bake for events now, and chocolate chip cookies are a huge hit. I do big batches, but somehow, alone in the kitchen at 1 AM doesn’t make the same memories.

October 4, 2012 04:03 PM
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Candice D. said...

One of my favorite baking memories was making raspberry linzer cookies for the first time, and enjoying how they turned out almost as pretty as Ina Garten’s in her cookbook! :)

October 4, 2012 04:34 PM
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Kayla said...

Baking from Betty Crocker’s “Cooky Book” with my Mom. I recently ordered one for myself so my daughter and I can continue the tradition!

October 4, 2012 04:39 PM
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Christine Shank said...

I love to cook with my grandaughters. They love to bake when they come over.

October 4, 2012 04:40 PM
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Angie A said...

My Mom is not the best baker, but at Christmas it was cookie time and out would come the cutters, cookie dough and sprinkles….and for a little while we were pastry chefs….eat half of everything and then hide from Mom during clean up…..Good times!!!

October 4, 2012 04:52 PM
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Stacie D. said...

I love baking pies with my mom and sister the night before Thanksgiving, sometimes a holiday movie on in the background. The line up of pies on Thanksgiving Day is quite impressive!

October 4, 2012 05:15 PM
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Abby Emerson said...

My favorite baking memory was piping swedish cookies out of the aluminum press with my grandma. Her hands were a little shaky, but it seemed whenever she used the press, they became still and accurate. My job was to sprinkle the rainbow sprinkles on and put the cold tray in the oven. Grandma always pulled the hot trays out. My 2nd job was eating too many cookies.

Just this year, when I bought my own house with a working oven (finally), I found the exact cookie press she used to use online and bought it. My husband and I made the cookies together and my hands shook the whole time. Maybe some day I’ll be more zen about it. :)

October 4, 2012 05:27 PM
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Betty Antibus said...

I loved my grandma’s tart cherry pies. She always made the best crust, so flaky. She used Birds Eye frozen cherries. Yummy!

October 4, 2012 05:28 PM
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Maryann P. said...

I love making cookies with my mom and sister. We bake them every year and it is my favorite memory of Christmas.

October 4, 2012 05:33 PM
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Nomie said...

For Thanksgiving, baking the apple pies has become my responsibility. I learned in high school how to make the simple mixture of tart Northern Spy and Baldwin apples, brown sugar, vanilla and spices. Every year after that I would come home from college or grad school, set down my suitcase, get out the little wooden-handled paring knife perfect for peeling apples, and get to work. Now that I have my own kitchen I could do it here – but it always has to wait till I arrive at my parents’ house!

October 4, 2012 05:34 PM
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Maureen said...

My love for baking started very young from my grandfather. He worked for a bakery and owned one when he was younger. My favorite memory is between watching him prepare his daily baked goods and when he finally taught me how to bake his favorite cookies with his own recipe.

October 4, 2012 05:51 PM
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Rosie said...

Baking and decorating what seemed like hundreds of Christmas cookies one holiday, at a friend’s house when I was maybe 10. It was so engrossing that all time was lost, and in the end was one of those fully satisfying moments of epiphany – the place inside one’s mind where children love to go when doing something incredibly enjoyable.

October 4, 2012 05:58 PM
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Darya said...

For Valentine’s Day last year, I made chocolate cake pops for my friends. I was so excited to show them! And little did I know that my friends would love them! Now, my friends request cake pops for every holiday, and I’m glad to do so. Next up, Halloween. I might just make the ghost cake pops you posted – they are so cute! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

October 4, 2012 06:12 PM
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Lisa Kerins said...

I love anytime I spend baking with my mom and sister. We love trying out new things! Last night, we made an apple frangipane tart for the first time and it was DELICIOUS! Our baking adventures don’t always go as planned, but they’re always a whole lot of fun :)

October 4, 2012 06:19 PM
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julie wood said...

I loved it when my mom would make popcorn balls for christmas.

October 4, 2012 06:35 PM
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Amy y said...

It was a Halloween 5 years ago. My nephew was 3 and sick so there was no trick or treating for him. To cheer him up I decided to have him help me whip up some sugar cookies and Rice Krispies in the shape of pumpkins and ghosts. Getting his hands covered in sugar, marshmallows, and candies made him forget about the fact he was inside. Every year since then we continued to bake cookies just because he would always tell me, “hey remember the time I was sick and we made cookies? That was fun”

October 4, 2012 06:56 PM
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Daraya said...

Last Valentine’s Day, I made chocolate cake pops for all my friends. I was so excited to show them! And little did I know that they would love them so much. Now, every holiday my friends request cake pops, and I am glad to make them just knowing that they will have big smiles on their faces. And next, Halloween! I might just make the ghost cake pops you posted – they are so cute! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

October 4, 2012 07:01 PM
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Susan said...

I enjoyed baking with my grandmother and now I enjoy baking with my nieces and my own kids. It is really fun! I bake all year but the Holidays are the best time!

October 4, 2012 07:18 PM
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Lindsay F said...

My favorite memory is making buttery spritz cookies growing up… I always loved using the cookie press thing to push out the different shapes, racing to have them all come out great while the dough stayed cold! We always tried to mix different colors doughs too to make the cookies more unique!

October 4, 2012 07:41 PM
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Angela Stibbe said...

My best baking memory was every Christmas. We would always make Christmas cookies. The best part was decorating the sugar cookies with my mom and sister

October 4, 2012 07:53 PM
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Shirley Martin-Tutolo said...

favorite memory is baking cookies when my children were small

October 4, 2012 08:01 PM
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Chelsea said...

I planned to have, for my 18th birthday, a “dessert for supper” themed party. The morning of the event, however, I had to go for a 45 Km bike ride for gym – I am not a person who bikes! So by the time that I had to come home and bake 50 cupcakes, I was physically exhausted, and of course, fell asleep. I finally got up about an hour and a half before the party was supposed to begin, showered quickly, and started racing around trying to put together these cupcakes. However, we had just finished re-doing our kitchen, and so I kept having to run up and down the stairs, bringing stuff from our old kitchen to our new one – legs aching all the way. When my friends showed up to find me in a baking frenzy, everybody pitched in, and that was how we initiated my new kitchen – all baking hectically and washing dishes, and chattering – a group of about 10 of us. It was the most frantic, but enjoyable, baking experience I’ve ever had. It didn’t even matter that the cupcakes weren’t perfect! :)

October 4, 2012 08:23 PM
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Linnea said...

I have two really great memories from trying to bake by myself when I was younger.

Once, I was babysitting my two younger brothers. I decided to make them pancakes, and they were so excited. However, I unfortunately mixed up baking powder and baking soda…resulting in a terrible tasting pancake. I’ll never forget the look on my brother’s face after his first bite – he wasted no time in telling me how awful it was.

The second memory was from around the same time – I decided to make my mom’s birthday cake. (I think I was 10 or 11.) But the curse of mixing up ingredients again hit me, and I couldn’t find powdered sugar for the frosting. I finally found an unmarked package of something that looked just like it, and used that. Turns out it was potato flour. Whoops!

Fortunately I have semi-mastered my ingredients now, and seldom have such a mishap anymore. :)

October 4, 2012 08:41 PM
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Stephanie S said...

Mom would whip up all the different cookie doughs at one time, then she would bake them. I loved raw cookie dough. Once, they were sitting on the counter and I asked,” what kind is this?”and”what kind is this?” She kept saying, “Oh, those have nuts in them.” Or “those have raisins and that one has coconut”. It took me a few minutes to realize she was trying to keep me from eating all her dough, since I didn’t like those ingredients! Now, I’ll ask, “what kind is that?”, and she’ll say, “Oh, you wouldn’t like those. They have raisins in them”, and we both grin while I take a bite, knowing she made all my favorite flavors.

October 4, 2012 08:48 PM
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Jen M said...

Lots of baking memories, but the best one is when I doubled my mom’s recipe for cookies because I didn’t realize the recipe was already doubled on the recipe card itself. We were making cookies for a very long time.

October 4, 2012 08:52 PM
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Adrena said...

My favorite baking memory is baking Christmas cookies with my mom and sister<3. Best time of the year!

October 4, 2012 09:00 PM
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Syndee F said...

My favorite baking memory is one of my first baking memories. My sister and I were in grade school and decided to bake chocolate chip cookies without adult supervision. (gasp) Things seemed to be going along swimmingly, everything mixed together beautiful and cooked up golden brown. By this time Mom was home and came into the kitchen to find out what ‘we were up to’. We proudly offered her our fresh out of the oven cookies, greedily grabbed ones for ourselves and all took a bite. BLECH. Someone (and this will be up for debate in family lore for eons to come) read it as 1 T of baking soda not 1 tsp of baking soda. To this day I double and triple check my measurements while baking.

October 4, 2012 09:17 PM
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Barbie H said...

Most of my baking occurs at Thanksgiving, and I’ve made the same dessert every year since my husband and I started dating–11 years now. It’s a pumpkin cheesecake mousse pie. I found it in a magazine once. It’s like the best of all desserts in one, better than even pumpkin hceesecake. The best part is that it makes enough to create two full-size pies along with about four mini-pies, my favorite way to enjoy it!

October 4, 2012 09:18 PM
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Bonnita Noel said...

I love to make pies and now I am inspired again.

October 4, 2012 09:21 PM
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Callie said...

I grew up mixing cookies in my mom and grandma’s kitchen and I still do. My favorite memory is when I got tremendously frustrated baking Mexican wedding cakes and I thought they hadn’t worked out, so I threw them in the sink and when my mom and I tasted the cookies in the sink we realized they were delicious! So we scavenged them and ever since call them sink cookies.

October 4, 2012 09:21 PM
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Ashlee said...

My favorite baking memory is making Christmas cookies with my mom every year :)

October 4, 2012 09:32 PM
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Hailey Hu said...

My fondest baking moment is of baking simple yellow cakes with my mom as a childhood activity, measuring ingredients and stirring the delicious batter!

October 4, 2012 09:41 PM
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Ally K said...

My favorite baking memory was going to my grandma’s house for Christmas. We would bake tasty treats for Christmas! But my favorite was making homemade sugar cookies on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus.

October 4, 2012 09:48 PM
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Andrea K said...

My favorite memory of baking as a child was being in the kitchen with my mother and cooking and baking delicous creations around thanksgiving/Christmas.

October 4, 2012 09:49 PM
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Martha Bradley said...

At my house during the holidays the grandchildren and I bake cookies and cakes together.

October 4, 2012 09:49 PM
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Sarah B said...

My favorite baking memory is of the first time I ever made a two-layer cake. My dad was always the baker in my family, something he learned from his father before he died in Vietnam. My dad always made birthday cakes for me and my brothers growing up, and one year, when I was about eight years old, I wanted to make a cake for him. He wanted to start me off easy, as he is known for his shaped cakes and an amazing scratch red velvet cake, so we went with boxed chocolate cake mix. I worked so hard to make this cake perfect, only I didn’t let it cool before I frosted it, nor did I level the layers before stacking them. So we ended up with a deliciously lopsided chocolate cake!

October 4, 2012 09:58 PM
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Toni said...

It has to be cooking with my boys……When each one was about 3 years old they would start helping me in the kitchen. I loved to see their face when what started out as a mess came out of the oven looking (and tasting) perfect!! :) And they were so proud of what they had done.

October 4, 2012 10:05 PM
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Jessica S said...

My favorite baking memories are from childhood sleepovers with my best friend. We always loved to bake together–whether it was rice crispy bars, cookies, pies, or one of our own random (and usually disgusting) concoctions. We loved cookie dough, so we played around with baking cookies filled with chocolate chips and caramels. This was even well before Nestle created the break and bake cookies with chocolate/caramel centers! You can only imagine how excited we were when we saw this on the market years later. :) Delicious!

October 4, 2012 10:08 PM
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Jaclyn S said...

My mom always loved to bake on a whim, so my most exciting baking memories are of my mom popping into my bedroom when I was young to announce we were making cookies. I’d “help” as much as possible while sneaking dough. It wasn’t until I learned how to bake correctly that I learned that eating parts of the dough (like butter and sugar whipped together) before it was all combined totally threw off the recipe!

October 4, 2012 10:10 PM
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ginnier said...

I made cutout cookies for a benefit for a friend’s baby that had serious heart surgery. I had Wally World print her picture on edible paper and frosted the cookies and sprinkled with sparkles. They were darling!

October 4, 2012 10:12 PM
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Kristina said...

Baking lots of pies with my mom. All of them from the Jell-o pudding box.

October 4, 2012 10:16 PM
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Adriana P said...

My Favorite memory by far has to be rolling Struffulli with my mom. She wasn’t much of a baker but what a phenomenal chef. But making Strufulli at the holidays was a tradition at our house. Boy do I miss my Mom :(

October 4, 2012 10:33 PM
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Carol Kirk said...

My favorite memory is sharing my annual Christmas Cookie decorating with my 12 year old daughter. Last year she decided helping me decorate cut-outs was as much fun as eating them. I’m so proud to pass on the “art” to the next generation!!!

October 4, 2012 10:46 PM
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Evelyn Marinez said...

I was in highschool and decided to surprise my parents by baking a cake with my little brother. Unfortunately we added green food coloring thinking the cake will come out that deep green color. It was a faded vomit green, hard, crumbly and tasted very dull. We ended up throwing it away since no one ate it, but it was very fun and a baking memory I will cherish forever.

October 4, 2012 10:46 PM
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Cynthia E. said...

My favorite baking memory was teaching my cousins how to bake when they were small the faces that they made when they ate their first homemade cookies was priceless.

October 4, 2012 10:52 PM
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Mama M. said...

My best baking memories include the ones with my grandma…she is such a wonderful cook and I love to spend time with her in the kitchen!

October 4, 2012 11:11 PM
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Charlene said...

My baking memories are with my Mom who cooks, bakes, creates, and anything else in the kitchen! My favorite is when she makes bread and would give me a piece of dough to play with and shape.

October 4, 2012 11:18 PM
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Austyn said...

My favorite baking moment would have to be making biscuits with my grandmother. She would make them from scratch and then cut out the biscuits using a drinking glass. To this day I still can’t make biscuits as good as she did!

October 4, 2012 11:33 PM
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Stephanie Rawlins said...

Baking Christmas cookies every year with my mom, aunt, cousins, sisters, and of course my beloved grandma! The tradition continues now, as one of my sisters has taken over hosting, and while my grandma has passed away, our kids have joined the group. So sweet to share the tradition with a new generation!

October 4, 2012 11:41 PM
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Jannell Schedler said...

One of my fondest baking memories is when I was a child and my mom would use the Cooky Book to bake holiday cookies for her friends. She would bake about 10 different kinds and freeze them to keep them fresh. For trays, she would recycle the styrofoam from ground meat, cover them with paper doilies…add cookie assortment and seran wrap and a bow.

October 4, 2012 11:58 PM
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Bridget L. said...

My favorite baking memory was when I attempted to bake macarons with my mom but we accidentally left it in the oven for too long, so we ended up with slightly burnt treats. However, they still tasted pretty good!

October 5, 2012 12:07 AM
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Sarah said...

My cousin and I went over to my Grandma’s house and my Grandma taught us both how to make pies from scratch. We loved spending time with my Grandma and learning a family recipe!

October 5, 2012 12:35 AM
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Barbara Jackson said...

We used to make sweet rolls for all our friends and family every Thanksgiving. One year, one of the radio stations was changing owners. Since they needed a few days for this change to take place they decided to play Louie, Louie for 2 or 3 days straight. (I never knew there were so many versions of that song out there.) This just happened to coincide with our baking day. We spent the entire day listening to Louie, Louie while we made dozens of giant sweet rolls. It was so much fun! To this day, whenever anyone talks about making sweet rolls someone always starts singing “Louie, Louie”.

October 5, 2012 12:37 AM
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ElCee said...

When I was very small, I helped my mother make Jiffy blueberry muffins almost every Saturday. I remember standing on a step-stool in our golden-yellow kitchen, stirring the mix in a big liquid measuring cup. Mom was so patient with me, even when the batter blorped all over the muffin tin and the muffins came out in six different sizes. But we kept at it, and eventually, when I was ten or so – younger, even? – Jiffy blueberry muffins were the first baked good I got to make all by myself. I was so proud of those six muffins with their artificial blueberry bits.
Even now, after years of perfecting my own banana bread recipe and learning to make birthday cakes from scratch, I still crave those goofy muffins once in awhile.

October 5, 2012 12:43 AM
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Brittany said...

My favorite baking memory is baking with my mom and sisters every holiday, especially making platters of cookies for Christmas!

October 5, 2012 12:44 AM
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Noreen said...

My grandmother was a great baker and I think of her as I make her recipes with my own children

October 5, 2012 12:48 AM
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Kalli said...

Making muffins for the first time (completely on my own) as a kid, as part of a cooking 4H project, and realizing that baking is simultaneously creative, scientific (with the chemical reactions allowing batter to rise, etc.) and just plain delicious! The thought continues to inspire me to cook and bake nearly every day.

October 5, 2012 01:03 AM
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Kari VanNoy said...

My grandmother was a fantastic cook and she taught me how to make orange rolls from scratch. I still make them every year for New Year’s Eve. And even though sometimes I have to take a few shortcuts…I still think of my grandma every time I make orange rolls!

October 5, 2012 01:20 AM
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shelly p. said...

My favorite baking memory would be when I made Christmas candies and cookies while in Nursing school. I was sooo stressed out from studying and working in the hospital, but I was determined to bake my grandmothers traditional candies. I put music on and rocked out until about 2am. It was great because I had a few hours that I didn’t think about school once!

October 5, 2012 01:59 AM
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Jessie said...

I remember baking with my mother and grandmother. We made cupcakes, and forgot liquid (I don’t know how!). We ended up with hard, cookie-like lumps that still tasted pretty good!

October 5, 2012 02:04 AM
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Heather R said...

My favorite baking memories always involve my Grandma. She taught me to cook and bake from an early age.

I cannot narrow down just one great memory because every time was great baking with her! Even now I find myself in the kitchen baking, thinking of her although she passed 8 years ago, I know she is right there with me telling me I need to pay attention and stop spilling flour on the floor and wasting it.

October 5, 2012 02:11 AM
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Lori Gant said...

When I was little my grandma used to make angel food cake for my birthday. Her decorations were fun and exciting. One year was a little pixie doll with a bracelet for a halo. :-)

October 5, 2012 02:17 AM
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Haley Grossman said...

When I was about 10, I attempted my first apple pie. After a long day, I finished. I was very proud until my mom took the first bite and asked if I had peeled the apples. I hadn’t, so I was super embarrassed. Seems very trivial now but was tragic at the time.

October 5, 2012 03:24 AM
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sarah said...

i have no memorys of baking

October 5, 2012 07:22 AM
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Robynne Kapatkin said...

My favorite would be making Sugar Cookies with my Mom at Christmas. Decorating them and getting sprinkles and glitter all over the floor. Great memories………………….

October 5, 2012 07:43 AM
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Heather said...

I have lots of memories of baking next to my mom when I was a kid. We had the “Kids Cook Cookbook,” which came with its own awesome set of brightly colored measuring spoons, and I would work at the countertop with her. Over the years, she and my sister and I have made tons of chocolate chip cookies, birthday cakes, Christmas cookies, and other confections. It’s always so therapeutic to work in the kitchen together.

October 5, 2012 07:45 AM
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KAMiNi GOPAL said...

When I was little, my mom went away during the holidays to visit her brother with my brother. that left me and my dad alone at home. He’d leave early for work and come back late. I was getting depressed -thinking of all the fun my brother was having and also because I was all alone. So – to cheer me up, my dad decided to bake a cake. All the recipes required us to separate the eggs, beat all the ingredients separately etc. Not knowing how to and having no patience he dumped ALL the ingredients into one big bowl, whisked it a bit and baked a cake. It came out fabulous. The original ‘dump’ cake.

October 5, 2012 08:30 AM
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Alyssa Barbelet said...

My favorite baking memory was making Apple Pies as a child. My grandfather would take the left over pie crust, sprinkle it with cinammon and sugar and bake it in the toaster oven. To this day, I still like the crust better than the pie!

October 5, 2012 10:22 AM
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Aparna said...

2 years ago, for a psych assignment I made a brain cake! I carved it so that it was shaped like the brain, and then used fondant on top of it to make the squiggly appearance, and dyed the colors to indicate different lobes of the brain. It was my first time working with fondant, so I was super nervous, but I think it actually turned out pretty good! It’s not as sentimental as my memories with family, but I was so proud to see people impressed. :)

October 5, 2012 10:54 AM
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Alvina Robinson said...

I reallly don’t have many young memories. I’m making memories with my Grandson. We bake cookies, cakes and gingerbread houses. The time in spend in the kitchen with him is priceless.

October 5, 2012 11:26 AM
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