My Mother passed away 12 years ago. Just recently we have finally went thru her things. Dad was ready for us to do that. Baking has always been apart of my life and I was the lucky daughter that got all my mom’s recipe books. My mother never owned a cookbook, everything has hand written on cards or in steno books. And now they are mine, all the recipes we grew up with as a child. All in Mom’s handwriting. Brings back a flood of memories of my childhood.
We always had dessert growing up, not every night, but most nights. These desserts we nothing elaborate, usually fruit was dessert, pudding, jello were often used options. Bars, cookies and cakes were there usually once a week. So now I’m baking my way thru Mom’s recipe box (does this sound like the theme of a movie) starting with the bars. I’m sure most of these recipes can now be found on the internet is some form as they were basic.
These are a lovely creation of coconut, pecans that almost taste like pecan pie only much better.
Come bake these lovely creations with me.
Let’s start with the crust. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
We’ll take: 1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened slightly (1/2 hour )
Mix all these together with a pastry blender until they are combined. We want to have the butter on the cooler side as it will make everything crumble together nicely. It will look like this.
Spread this into the bottom of a 9 x 13 cake/bar pan, press with the back of a turner to even out mixture. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Do not apply any cooking spray or oil to bottom of pan as it’s not necessary with butter in the mix.
Mix together the following, this will be the topping and will be baked longer.
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Add: 1 cup pecans, chopped
1 1/2 cups coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pour this mixture on top of the crust, spread out evenly.
Bake for 20 minutes longer.
Until next time,