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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Rebeccah Grimm said...

My favortie baking memory has to be making brownies with my nephew. I came home one day for him to look at me and say, “I miss you, will you bake some brownies with your favorite boy?” My heart melted like butter and we spent the next hour measuring and mixing our ingredients for his special brownies, he is five and understands the way to reach me. Brownies had never tasted so good.

October 6, 2012 02:13 PM
Janelle Grimm said...

I loved baking Christmas cookies with my Aunt Ann each year. We would not see eachother often, but always at Christmas. She died two years ago and now I have the pleasure of carrying on her recipies with my daughters each Christmastime.

October 6, 2012 02:16 PM
Sarah Garza said...

Wow, it’s hard to pick just one memory… but they all involve baking with my grandma. She would always share with me her favorite family recipes. Every Christmas, we would make dessert trays to take to all of our families and coworkers. We would make chocolate fudge, divinity, chocolate-covered nuts and cashews, peanut butter balls, and her famous sugar cookies and chocolate chip and walnut cookies. I can’t wait for my daughter to grow older so I can share these recipes with her, to keep the tradition going…

October 6, 2012 02:17 PM
AndriaK said...

I think my favorite baking memory is with my mom when I was little and baking all the Christmas goodies in one weekend for teachers to receive on the monday prior to Break! Loved that time!

October 6, 2012 02:44 PM
susan said...

I never baked with my mom or grandma growing up, but my sisters who were 8 and 10 years older than me did help me with my easy bake oven! I invite my 4 year old son to help me when ever I bake anything, but he’s just not interested.

October 6, 2012 02:45 PM
Debbie F. said...

My favorite baking memory is of my mom’s delicious butter/sugar cutout cookies that she made for holidays (Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas). As a child, I would help with the selection of the cookie cutters, the cutting, and the frosting/decorating of these “masterpiece” cookies. Good times.

October 6, 2012 02:51 PM
Cinthia said...

I always loved baking, I remember baking some goodies every Christmas, even little with my mom, then by myself (my mom was never friends with the kitchen – lol), she use to say my cakes taste better then hers, I think that was a trick. ;) Now I have 2 boys and every time I go to the kitchen and bring the pots out they come running with their stepping tool saying: what are we going to bake today? I can help, I can help!! And that fills my heart with joy. Passing on the good memories. :)

October 6, 2012 03:17 PM
Meredith Clayton said...

My favorite baking memory is when I learned to bakemy favorite cake with my mom, the Dr. Pepper cake. She had made it for years for my bday and it was very special to me for her to finally teach me how to do it.

October 6, 2012 03:29 PM
Tracy Massimi said...

As a child I always looked forward to visiting my grandparents at Christmas time when aunts and cousins would drop by with trays of treats brimming with various Italian cookies. It was overwhelming trying to choose one favorite when I had so many various shapes, colors, textures, scents, and flavors to choose from. It seemed a generous act of love for them to pour so much work and effort into the yummy treats and then give them away. Every bite was magical. I was honored when my grandmother showed me how to make Italian Anise Cookies. I took great care to follow her instructions and rolled, twisted, dipped, and sprinkled with love. I now make these cookies for my family, every batch filled with memories and of course that magical ingredient, love.

October 6, 2012 03:44 PM
Jen s said...

Favorite baking memory are those I am making with my daughters each week when we make cookies.

October 6, 2012 03:59 PM
Kathy Pabich said...

I grew up having 4 sisters. I was the one who liked to bake! Mom and I were baking cookies, decorating the finished product…making them beautiful! What I didn’t know was that the lazy sisters were grabbing them one at a time and eating them! By the time Mom and I were done, the cookies were nearly gone. Mom saw my disappointment and put her ‘Mom’ face on. She made my sisters bake a whole batch for ME and they couldn’t have any. It was a great day in childhood!

October 6, 2012 04:06 PM
Karen Jones said...

I enjoy making Linzer Tarts. Half the fun is using fancy cookie cutters and decorating. I have numerous cookie cutters. However, I have found that if I make the cookies too big although they are beautiful, the calories would mount up and I have to make fewer. So I stick to smaller ones.

October 6, 2012 04:18 PM
Erin said...

My favorite baking memory is baking cookies with my mom when I was a kid. I remember one of the most used recipes was double chocolate cookies with raspberry chocolate chips.

October 6, 2012 04:22 PM
Pat Hoffmeister said...

My mom and I used to bake about 12 fruitcakes at Christmas time. They were made with applesauce, crisco, walnuts/pecans, raisins, and candied cherries. Weighed about 5 pounds each. We would send them to other family members and friends.

October 6, 2012 04:30 PM
Kasfah said...

My favorite baking memory is when I was very young and my dad was returning home from a business trip and I wanted to make something for him. I got a boxed cakemix and had my mom help me, and I made my first cake. That was the first time I ever baked something!

October 6, 2012 04:58 PM
Stephanie M said...

My favorite baking memory is making Christmas cookies with my mom for my grandparents. There were always hundreds of cookies made with at least 8 to 10 kinds. I miss hearing my grandparents call to tell us which ones they loved best that year. But my mom and I have continued baking every year we are together for the holidays.

October 6, 2012 05:05 PM
Therese said...

The recipe for the pecan pies looks great. i’m going to try it. Hope they turn out well. I’m not a pie maker like my mom was–she made some fantastic pies.

October 6, 2012 05:29 PM
Melanie Bascom said...

I remember one year as a little girl I tried to make treats for my family, they turned out so bad, my dog wouldn’t even eat them!!!
I think I’ll never forget!

October 6, 2012 06:29 PM
Mariel said...

My grandma taught me how to bake. Her staple was making thi amazing cookies using the yolks of the eggs and using the whites to make meringues. She had this special drawer in her house with all her baking stuff and I loved to open it and just smell vanilla aroma that even after being washed, stayed forever on her baking tools….

October 6, 2012 06:31 PM
Gay N. said...

During the Christmas holidays I bake 8 different cookies and put them in Christmas tins with bows and stickers and deliver them to all the people who do thing for me throughout the year…the mail delivery lady, my doctor, the pet sitter, my beautician, etc. The smiles on their faces make all the work worthwhile.

October 6, 2012 06:43 PM
Beverly Odden said...

My favorite baking time is when I bake with my granddaughters

October 6, 2012 07:00 PM
Annie G said...

My favorite baking memory is making holiday cookies with my granddaughter. Baking with my girls was great fun but I have so much more patience as a grandma than I ever did as a mom. I can savor and cherish these times rather than rush through them.

October 6, 2012 07:05 PM
Seema said...

My favorite baking memory is making my moms special cereal cookies for the holidays with her. She would make so many batches and these cookies are so hard to stir since they are made with Corn flakes and Wheaties! The end result was delicious. We would package them up and give them out to friends, family, the mailman and the neighbors!

October 6, 2012 07:15 PM
Sheri J said...

I don’t like to cook or bake, but on my daughter’s 12th birthday we and her sleepover friend decided to bake a cake. AT MIDNIGHT! We had the most fun and my now 25 yo DD remembers it fondly as well…

October 6, 2012 08:05 PM
Elle said...

Definitely making Christmas cookies with my mother when I was young. She made wonderful German christmas cookies that were all delicious and special and – fun to make!

October 6, 2012 08:07 PM
joy figueroa said...

my mom and i didn’t have a lot of money when i was growing up but she always found a way to make sure i never felt like i missed out… and beyond, so much beyond, doing things like having gingerbread house making parties for me and my friends, making homemade marshmallows in our little retro apartment kitchen, baking and decorating amazing cakes for my birthdays… all those memories are my favorites and i can’t wait for her to do the same with her (future! far in the future!) granddaughter.

October 6, 2012 08:07 PM
Laurie said...

I grew up baking cookies with my mom and sisters (from the time we were little girls) at night after school or during Christmas break. We would do cut outs and add sprinkles, butterfingers (my grandmother’s recipe) and any other new recipe my mom found in her magazines. Now that we are all grown, we get together on a Saturday before Christmas and bake a variety of cookies and then we all get to take a bunch home to our own families.

October 6, 2012 08:12 PM
Christine said...

My favorite baking memories are from my grandmother. She was born and raised in Spain, so naturally she only speaks spanish. I am 25 and I am the youngest of her 8 grandchildren, so I wasn’t forced to learn spanish like the rest of my family, that leaves me at a disadvantage when it comes to communicating with my grandmother. She stays at my parent’s house over the winter, and she bakes up a storm!! Over the years, I learned to bake by watching her and it is the universal language for us. We laugh at spilled ingredients, she teaches me her recipes (that she doesn’t measure), and when we’re baking I feel loved and close to her even if we can’t communicate with each other.

October 6, 2012 08:27 PM
Maryhelen Farmer said...

My mother baking pies for Xmas especially pecan pies. They were all so tasty!

October 6, 2012 08:34 PM
Angelica Narte said...

My husband and I first started baking before our son was born. We Took cake classes together at a local bakery store.It was funny to see him get more into baking then I did. Then He left to Afghanistan and just had our son and I would bake and send him different things for him and his troops. He’s now back and now baking with our 2 year old son. We would love to win it.!!

October 6, 2012 08:55 PM
Victoire said...

My favorite baking memory was when I made a cake shaped like a cake I stayed up all night to finish it because it was for my mother for mothers day! I loved doing it n making it look all pretty and nice!

October 6, 2012 09:11 PM
Lisa Hoffman said...

I grew up in a Greek family where cooking and baking were a daily routine. My grandmother (YaiYai Christine) was a great baker. We made Baklava by the pan full! Rolled out beautiful vanilla knot-like cookies and sprinkled them with sesame seeds.

And beautiful round sweet breads with red eggs for Greek Easter. Although my grandmother passed away in 1989, I still make and treasure those memories and still make those sweets today.

October 6, 2012 09:13 PM
Britta said...

The first time my big sister and I made chocolate chip cookies by ourselves we mis-read the measurement of 1/2 tsp baking powder as 1/2 cup. I don’t know how we had such self-control, but we didn’t taste the dough until after the cookies had been baked. They smelled SO good, better than the average chocolate chip cookie, it seemed. They tasted like salt blocks! At the time it was devastating but we quickly found the humor in it and now it makes a great story.

October 6, 2012 09:14 PM
Taryn said...

I remember on the first day of Christmas break every year in high school my sisters and mom and I would bake all day long, making one recipe after another and then we would make sampler baskets to give away as gifts to our friends. I wish I lived closer to my family so that we could bake together again!

October 6, 2012 09:31 PM
Judi McCabe said...

My grandmother, my mother and I would always bake italian cookies for the holidays. It was fun to share platefuls of cookies with our family and friends.

October 6, 2012 09:34 PM
Ellie Friesen said...

So one time……
I got a recipe off the Internet for cofettii cupcakes. One of the comments was, it turned out a little doughy. Well when it was all done they were really doughy, but the frosting was amazing. When I woke up the next morning, my dad had taken all the frosting off the cupcakes and eaten the frosting. So all the cupcakes had no frosting.:( we decided to throw them away!!! Haha

October 6, 2012 10:12 PM
Shannon Dewey said...

My mother loves to bake especially at Christmas time. I remember coming home from school and the house smelling like cookies. She would save the sugar and gingerbread cookies for the weekend so my sisters, brother, and I could decorate them. She would also make our family’s fudge recipe that has been in our family for 3 generations and divinity.

Her love of baking has passed on to me. I love sharing my treats with family, friends, and co-workers especially during the holidays. I am affectionately known as the “confectionery princess” at work.

October 6, 2012 10:32 PM
Emily said...

My husband and I have enjoyed cooking and baking together since we were first dating, but my favorite memory is from this spring. I bought the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook and we made the Birthday Cake together for a friend’s birthday. It was by far the most complicated cake either of us had made, and the results were wonderful.

October 6, 2012 10:52 PM
D. Carroll said...

We have a large family and one of the things I love to do with the kids is have “sweet” parties. I get a good 4 or 5 of them together and set up little decorating stations with them. We bake cookies or cupcakes then I give each of them a little pallet with different colored icings, sprinkles and sugars and let them go to town. I think I like it more than they do :)

October 6, 2012 10:53 PM
oLee said...

My favorite baking memory is when I made chocolate covered cherries because they were my dad’s favorite candy. I spent several hours making them with my mom and my dad came in the kitchen and asked when they would be ready and I told him 2 weeks. He asked why anyone would make something that they had to wait 2 weeks to eat. He ate them that day without waiting for the center turning liquidy. He loved them anyways!

October 6, 2012 10:56 PM
Patrica R said...

I love baking with my daughter. We made a Spiderman Cake for my Grandson’s 5th birthday. It was my daughter’s first decorated cake, and it turned out Fantastic!

October 6, 2012 10:57 PM
Emily L said...

My favorite memory was when I made our wedding cakes. We had 4 different cakes for 30 guests- the kitchen staff at the restaurant where we had the reception loved us! Anyway, when my mom saw the cakes, she told one of my friends that she ‘was surprised they looked so good.’ Nice. To this day, I’m not sure what she expected since I’d been baking cakes for people for years prior.

October 6, 2012 11:11 PM
Grace said...

My favorite memory would have to be of my friends and I baking sugar cookies at a Christmas party. While we were waiting for the cookies to bake, we played an impromptu game of twister and totally forgot about the cookies (which had burnt into black cookies) When my friend’s father came home, we told him that we had baked chocolate cookies, and told him to try some. I still remember that expressin when he bit into that cookie! haha!

October 6, 2012 11:35 PM
Sarah Trippe said...

When I was growing up, my mother baked and decorated cakes for the public. She did this to earn money so that she could stay at home with me and my three sisters. When my mother would finish with a cake, she would turn the cake pan over and let us use the left-over pastry tubes of icing to decorate the pan! We each learned a useful skill, and we certainly had fun licking off all the icing!

October 6, 2012 11:37 PM
Melanie B. said...

My favourite cooking/ baking memory was that one evening, my mom had to be away so my dad was to cook us dinner. He decided to teach us how to make and eat spaghetti. At the end of the evening, there was spaghetti noodles on the walls and we were slurping noodles like crazy. I’m not sure what my mom thought when she got home that night, but it was a lot of fun.

October 7, 2012 12:00 AM
Kimberly said...

My favorite memory has to be making gingerbread houses with my grandma. We only did it one year as a teenager it was a wonderful time to be a little bit of a kid and get to hang out with grandma. She was never afraid to take us on adventures with us, some in the car, some in the kitchen.

October 7, 2012 12:05 AM
Michelle V said...

My favorite baking memory would have to be the time i made snowman truffles. It was my first attempt at making something MORE than just cookies or cake and actually required skills which i found I didnt have much of at the time. One of my closest friends helped me and we used fruit role-ups as scarves, pretzels as arms, and chocolate chips as eyes and I didnt have enough almond bark to cover the snowmen so they ended up looking dirtyish. Everyone loved them though and that started my love for baking amazing things.

October 7, 2012 12:18 AM
jen said...

we would bake sugar cookies every christmas and it was a total family affair, all 8 of us kids. well one year, my mom decided that the oven was a fantastic spot to hold our cookies as the icing dried over night. the next morning, she proceeded to preheat the oven for that day’s baking and forgot to pull out our beloved reindeer and angels. let’s just say they failed to make it to our mouths. poor mom, she’ll never hear the end of that one.

October 7, 2012 12:19 AM
Laura said...

Every year growing up, my Mom, sister and myself would do the prep work for the food on Christmas. Each year it is always the same foods: pull-apart rolls with butterscotch glaze and turkey with stuffing. I loved it growing up and hope to pass it on to my own girls.

October 7, 2012 12:31 AM
John Reano said...

I was helping my Girlfriend make a few custom cakes that she had orders for when our mixer broke. Since she was busy doing the technical work, it was up to me to hand mix all of the fondant we needed. I stood there mashing marshmallows and powdered sugar for the better part of an hour, and then spent the rest of my time mashing in different colors.

Just goes to show that even Big ManHands™ can help make a great cake.

October 7, 2012 12:32 AM
Amita P said...

When I was growing up, we barely had a proper oven at home, but that didn’t stop us from baking. My favorite treat to make was pound cake, whether for a special event or just for a tasty treat. Today it is still one of my favorite desserts, and now that I have a proper oven, I can make them even more frequently!

October 7, 2012 12:42 AM
Jodie said...

My grandma could bake apple pies in her sleep and would often start before dawn so they would be cooled and ready for consumption later in the day. We have not been able to replicate her results, but we still bake one in her honor every year for the holidays.

October 7, 2012 12:43 AM
Dalida Betin-Moromisato said...

When I was a child, my mom used to bake cakes for my little siblings and me.  And  I was stunned for the whole process where every step was fascinating to my eyes.  She used to bake all the cakes from scratch and mix them by hand in a very big plastic green bowl.  It used to be more than a couple of hours just to bake a cake, but it was well worth it.  The results always were delicious and mouth watering.  

She used to prepare all the ingredients on the table and then she sit on her chair next to it with her big green bowl starting to mix the butter to make it soft.  Then my little brothers, sister and myself where the one putting the ingredients inside the bowl meanwhile my mom was mixing everything at low pace.  We had so much fun doing it.  My siblings and I were always waiting for the exciting moment when my mom would put the batter on the cake pan and we would be able to eat the leftovers from the green bowl walls.  After that, the time used to go slower for us because we couldn’t wait until that great instant where my mom would take the cake out from the oven.  Oh that delicious smell!  It’s still on my mind.

October 7, 2012 01:12 AM
Jenni B said...

My favourite baking memories are the ones I am creating with my kids! I love how excited they get and their very special job of licking the bowl of course.

October 7, 2012 02:06 AM
Eliza said...

Last semester, in March, was my first time attempting to make a chocoflan cake. It was for my roommate’s birthday, and I was really nervous because I had never made it before and I thought it’d be really difficult because my older sister, who is a better baker, had never made it correctly. Once I got the cake out, the moment of truth (when I had to flip the cake) had arrived. I flipped it quickly and was surprised that the cake had a perfect flan top that hadn’t seeped into the chocolate cake. I actually jumped up and down, and clapped my hands, over how excited I was at having made it correctly. My roommate and everyone else at the surprise birthday party loved the cake!

October 7, 2012 03:09 AM
Melanie V said...

My favorite baking moment was when my best friend and I had our first craft camp (an excuse for us to get together and bake or craft) I introduced her to the wonders of bakerella and taught her to make cake pops. We had a blast and created a unique idea cookie jar pops we even made became pop stars. My best friend Mitsy has gon on to create Many more stunning and ingenious pop creations like pan dulce, t bone steak pops and more. Bakerella thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us and being an inspiration to artists and bakers alike. You are truly amazing.

October 7, 2012 03:10 AM
Anne said...

My favorite baking memories are with my younger sister and brother. I was in high school and my sister and brother, 5 and 8 years younger than me, were in elementary school. I took an elective cooking class at school and we would try to make what I learned in class at home after we were all done with our homeworks. They weren’t always successful but it was fun to try, fun to make a mess, and wonderful to spend time together.

October 7, 2012 03:15 AM
Priscilla said...

Learning to bake in elementary school from my mother!

October 7, 2012 03:32 AM
Granny said...

Baking with my sons and now grandsons gives us all lasting memories. All their friends remember the Halloween parties with homebaked cookies and punch. Now the grandsons hold the Halloween costume parties and pumpkin carving at their homes.

October 7, 2012 05:08 AM
Sharona L said...

One of the last memories of my great grandmother is of her cooking. She was this amazing woman who cooked her way threw the Depression. One family recipe that is always handed down is our family recipe for egg noodles. Not the kind you make with a machine but the kind that takes an entire kitchen to bake. From the dough to the rolling out, to the cutting of each individual noodle. She had this amazing marble rolling pin that she would use that always made it come out perfect. In fact, just typing this I can smell her noodles cooking! The best spot was always in her kitchen. The things hse could come up with. And today I make these noodles for my children. I hope one day to pass the recipe on to my grandchildren. The way she did me.

October 7, 2012 05:23 AM
Cat Valverde said...

My favorite baking memory is learning how to bake using my grandmothers favorite recipe for Sour Cream Coffee Cake. She would make it only once a year and would allow us kids to have one small piece. It’s a favorite of all my family and I hope to pass this down to my nephews one day.

October 7, 2012 05:55 AM
LINDA said...

Teaching my daughter how to bake is my most memorable experience

October 7, 2012 06:03 AM
Amber said...

My mom was always great at cooking and baking, so I have a lot of great memories.

My favorite, though, is from winter 2009. My dad got a job in Honolulu (where I live) and my parents came to live with me in my teeny-tiny apartment while they looked for a house. Usually, for winter holidays, my mom was so swamped with cooking/baking for guests and neighbors that she didn’t really get to enjoy herself. But in 2009, when it was just the three of us all cozy in that apartment with no other family around.. that’s when it really felt like the “holidays” to me. Even now I can just picture the look on my dad’s face as he came home from work to find my mom and I sitting in the hallway between the front door and the kitchen mixing batter and decorating cookies because the kitchen was too cramped to do it in there.

My mom passed away last year, so most of the cooking and baking is up to me now. I hope I do her justice. Just this morning I was thinking of all the upcoming baking I’m going to do this winter and had flashbacks to that little apartment.

October 7, 2012 06:15 AM
roseann said...

every year xmas eve my grandsons and i bake and make all day, we take the goodies to several of our neighbors and keep some for us and family. they love this and they love delivering it!

October 7, 2012 07:06 AM
Brenda Tarr said...

When I was about fourteen years old (many, MANY years ago), I invited several of my girlfriends over to experience a chocolate masterpiece I was going to create: A dark chocolate souffle. My mother gave me permission to use our kitchen unattended (a major feat!) and I set to work. I had found a photo in one of her giant cookbooks complete with concise, step-by-step directions.

I was nervous at the idea of cooking for a crowd, but didn’t let that stop me in my single-minded determination to wow my friends and tantalize their tastebuds.

The souffle was perfect-the collar around the pan looked exactly like the one in the cookbook. The souffle rose to the exact height as shown in the cookbook. It was the same luscious dark color as shown in the cookbook.

However…the taste of the souffle was NOT shown in the cookbook, but was indeed mirrored on the horrified, disgusted faces of my four friends who got their first-and only-taste of a very salty dessert.

Yup. Yours truly added 1/2 cup salt, and 1 teaspoon sugar, to the recipe.

My mother ate her entire serving, however, showing true motherly love for all my attempts at creativity, no matter how nasty they were. She did,however, impart one important lesson: Never try a new recipe when you’re nervous, and if you do it at all, try it on a willing test subject. Thanks Mom!

October 7, 2012 08:57 AM
Mandy F. said...

So this is going to sound totally brown-noser, but it REALLY is my favorite baking memory….When I bought the Cakepops book, my oldest daughter, who was 5 at the time, and I decided to try our hand at them. She decided we should make the cupcake cakepops. We made them with pink tops and brown bottoms and used sprinkles and m&m’s to decorate. They were hilariously misshapen, too big and sooooo much fun!!! We learned a lot about the do’s and don’ts of cake pops that day! Even if I don’t win, I still would like to thank you Bakerella, for all the memories we made that were all because of you!! Hugs!!

October 7, 2012 09:38 AM
Alyson said...

Not really baking so much as memories being in the kitchen with my Abuelita (my dad’s mother who barely spoke English). She would watch us after school and would everyday make us snacks while humming and singing Hispanic songs. It wasn’t until after my dad passes away earlier this year that we came across her recipe and showcase binder of the specialty cakes she used to make when she was a younger woman. She apparently was an amazing baker and cake designer doing orders for big weddings and special parties. I love that binder and my brother and I often thumb through it.

October 7, 2012 10:44 AM
Teresa H said...

In high school I use to make monster cookies, huge toll hose cookies! Everyone was so jealous when I would eat one at lunch. I would have to take a whole batch to make all my friends happy.

October 7, 2012 11:09 AM
Ivette Shuaib Santiago said...

I started baking about 5 years ago, and I discovered I was good at it. From that moment on I wanted to bake anything the people close to me needed, and so came the time of my niece’s birthday, and my cupcakes were front and center. I couldn’t believe how many people asked where were these cupcakes purchased at, how do they get them, what is the secret, and all sorts of questions. Then I said oh I did those, I found a recipe online and modified it, added special ingredients and that’s the result. Ever since that day I haven’t stopped baking, and for about four years now, we established the tradition, my best friend and I, to plan months ahead for Thanksgiving dinner, and we bake all day long. Then enjoy the greatest meal of all year, filled with well wishes and satisfaction that we made all of it. We never imagined that baking would be a great part of our lives, and that every time we need to make someone feel good or celebrate important things, we come up with a baking solution and it all works just fine. Like magic.

October 7, 2012 11:10 AM
Susie said...

My favorite memory is baking an Angel food cake with my mom as a little girl. We didn’t know what it meant to “fold” the wet and dry ingredients so we just used the hand mixer. Our “airy” cake was like eating a slice of rubber!!! It was months before we figured out what we did wrong…after several more attempts – HA!

October 7, 2012 11:48 AM
Mary Ranshaw said...

great recipe~

October 7, 2012 11:55 AM
Sharrieboberry said...

My maternal grandmother lived when I was a child. At Christmas she, my mom and me would make candy. fudge, chocolate-covered cherries and mints, peanut patties, toffee, peanut brittle and divinity. I never made the divinity but was always amazed by the teamwork involved in that process. Mom would beat the egg white candy mixture by hand while grandma would pour the hot, melted sugar mix into the bowl. Crazy, dangerous stuff! But what team work! And done by hand!

October 7, 2012 12:13 PM
Valerie said...

My favorite baking memory is when I was about 15 my mother shared with me the recipe of my grandmother’s sweet potato pie. She taught me the true essence of tasting my food to see if it was flavored right instead of measuring. We measured nothing just threw in the ingredients and went simply by the mere taste of it. All in all the pies came out great and it has lead me on the baking journey of a lifetime!!!

October 7, 2012 12:18 PM
Allison said...

My favorite baking memory is making pies with my grandma. She had a huge kitchen counter that I would get to sit on, and she would give me the dough scraps to play with while she made the pies. Then, we would put my “creations” on a baking sheet, and cinnamon and sugar, and bake them too.

October 7, 2012 12:31 PM
Melissa said...

I will always remember baking and decorating Christmas sugar cookies every year at grandma’s house! This mixer can help keep the tradition alive… Fingers crossed!

October 7, 2012 01:14 PM
Susanne Ramirez said...

my favorite baking memory was watching my older brother bake chocolate chip cookies as a child. i think watching him bake those cookies grew in me a desire and love for baking that has remained with me all these years. every time i bake chocolate chip cookies i think of my brother. :)

October 7, 2012 01:15 PM
Erika A said...

My favorite baking memory is making sugar and gingerbread Christmas cookies with my mom and my sister every year. We had these old fashioned icing dispensers that were my great-grandmother’s. They looked like giant metal syringes. I loved decorating the cookies with the bright icing and I was always amazed at how good my mom was at decorating them. Now I can’t wait to continue the tradition with my daughter!

October 7, 2012 01:25 PM
Gina Berninger said...

My grandmother was a wonderful baker. She made lots of Christmas goodies, but my favorite was her peanut butter fudge. No one has equalled the texture and taste of her fudge, and I looked forward to it every year. She passed away just before Christmas last year. I plan on making her fudge this year to remind me of her and all the good things she created for her family.

October 7, 2012 01:45 PM
Nancy Freeman said...

My fond memories come from helping my Mom when she would bake pie’s. We always had extra crust she would let us kids make cinnamon sugar topped pie crust . I wish my sister’s and I could do that again with her.

October 7, 2012 01:51 PM
AnnD said...

As a single and broke mom, my son and I used to bake hundreds of cookies to give out to family and friends at Christmas time. I was always a marathon and clean up took days, but it was so much fun!

October 7, 2012 01:57 PM
Ann said...

My older brother and I spent one night trying to throw together our perfect biscuit recipe. We made about 4 batches of six at a time, and played with different ratios of shortening, butter, flour, and some secret ingredients! We love cooking together, and this spontaneous night was one of my favorite memories with my brother.

October 7, 2012 02:10 PM
Susan C said...

My grandma and I baked MANY cookies together in her tiny warm kitchen. An old recipe from Norway, brought to Iowa with her. Crybaby cookies. I can’t get mine to taste the same as hers. Must be missing the grandma love.

October 7, 2012 02:13 PM
Kristi said...

Baking pies with my mom!

October 7, 2012 02:45 PM
Amanda said...

My favorite baking memories were always baking pies with my mom on Thanksgiving. She didn’t bake during the year (it wasn’t her thing) but we would always whip up the usual pumpkin and apple pies for the holiday. It’s part of the reason why I’m now in culinary school for baking & pastry! :)

October 7, 2012 02:52 PM
lorianne theall said...

my mom, brother and I grew up not having much to give around christmas time, so what we would do is bake bake bake bake and bake cookies to give away. we have an old family recipe that has been passed down a few generations and these sugar cookies are to die for. I just always love this time of year when we would start baking cookies to give away to friends and family. i wish we still did this but i cant wait to start a family of my own and bake cookies with them

October 7, 2012 02:56 PM
Elisa Johnson said...

My baking memories didn’t really start until I got married and moved here in the States. When I was young, we don’t have any of these baking machines or utensils and so pancake and cassava cake is the only stuff i learned because there is no need of fancy mixers. My husband bought me hand mixer so i can bake muffins and cake and lately he bought me a break maker, I’ve been baking bread that reminds me of home and i bake extra for friends around the States, it makes them very happy and their stories about how their kids love it and how many bread they ate in one sitting makes me really happy and accomplished!

October 7, 2012 03:26 PM
Veronica Garcia said...

When my daughter was a freshman in high school one Christmas she and I decided to bake a different cookie everyday until Christmas. I have never had so much fun or gotten so much more closer to my not so little girl anymore. We may have not been able to bake a cookie everyday but we have so much fun decorating the cookies and eating them too. Talk about a cookie overload.

October 7, 2012 03:31 PM
Jeff D. said...

one of my favorite baking memories was when i had the chance to make cake pops for the first time with my cousins. it didnt turn out as good as yours, but it was tasty. we had a yellow cake and mixed it with a strawberry frosting, it was so good, i wish that we can do it again, but make it as perfect as yours, and even make i cool shape and character. that is one of my favorite baking memory of my life time as of now. my second would be making a strawberry cake with my mom. it was in a heart shaped pan, because it was for valentines day. i think that was my first time baking with her. THANKS

October 7, 2012 03:37 PM
Danielle Terrell said...

I’m not much of a cook. But the choice to get healthy was mine and cooking some of my own food seemed to be the only way. Though sweet treat aren’t exactly healthy; they are in moderation. So with the help of my little sister we attempted to make macarons over the summer which are pretty health considering the nuts. However, all 5 TIMES seemed to be a complete fail. But I have had so much fun in the kitchen with my little sister.

October 7, 2012 03:39 PM
Kelsey said...

I remember making roll out cookies with my Mom and brother every christmas, it was the only time we did roll out and we still have to do at least on batch a year at christmas

October 7, 2012 03:40 PM
Becca Lewis said...

My favorite baking memory is learning to bake all of my mother’s delicious holiday cookies. I have tried to perfect her pecan tartlets ever since I was a littler girl. Last year, I finally made them on my own and took them to a holiday party. They were a huge hit and my friends ask for them year round. I’m glad that my mother’s baking has been passed down to me and I am able to share it with my friends.

October 7, 2012 03:57 PM
Kate McNeil said...

My grandma was the best baker ever! Every year she made these huge tins of cookies and would mail them to everyone in our family. It was the highlight of of Christmas. She passed away 4 years ago right before the holidays. I decided to take her place in baking hundreds of cookies and mailing them off to everyone. It now helps me remember her and appreciate all of her hard work.

October 7, 2012 04:00 PM
Brandi said...

I lived with a wonderful couple for a couple years in another country. The wife, Diane, would make turkey cookies every Thanksgiving. They were just sugar cookies with a turkey cutout but I loved them and loved making them with her. She taught me how to frost them so they looked perfect. Every Thanksgiving I think of her fondly and miss those cookies !!

October 7, 2012 04:02 PM
Jennifer said...

My favorite baking memory is pretty much every year since I can remember, my sister, mom, and I would spend several days in the kitchen during our big Christmas cookie baking extravaganza! We bake cookies for all the neighbors, family, and friends- we always have so much fun! Now that I have a little one, I’m looking foward to doing it with my kids one day, too!

October 7, 2012 04:04 PM
Ann Nunes said...

My Aunt Dot used to bake the most delicious tomato soup cupcakes with Nestles bits now I bake them for my family during the holidays and for my son’s birthday. I always think of her when I tweak her recipe from time to time but they don’t compare to hers

October 7, 2012 04:32 PM
Rebecca said...

Mama baked and decorated birthday and wedding cakes in our little no traffic light town. I got to eat the tops of the layers she would cut off to even out the cake top. One cake in particular made for a tasty supper. The customer paid for the cake with a live chicken!

October 7, 2012 04:38 PM
Drue DaSilva said...

My favorite baking memory is making iced sugar cookies. The cookies are very labor intensive but it is well worth it because they are so cute once decorated. I love the creativity that goes into making the cookies and I love making others feel happy with them.I

October 7, 2012 04:59 PM
aurelia said...

My favorite baking memory is baking with grandmother. She would always use her kitchen aid and I would be able to put the ingrediants in for her.

October 7, 2012 05:07 PM
Janice Danielson said...

I remember making cookies with my Mom for a cookie exchange party

October 7, 2012 05:16 PM
Becky McGraw said...

Throughout the year, we didn’t bake a lot growing up, but we did at Christmas. My mom and aunt would get together, put on classic Christmas music and get to work. It was a long day of baking, but so much fun and a lot of memories!

October 7, 2012 05:42 PM
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