July 25, 2012 § 6 Comments
Of course I couldn’t go to Memphis empty-handed. A certain someone I know “isn’t really a cookie person” (I didn’t know those people existed) and I knew a cake wasn’t going to make the 3 hour drive un-smushed, so I settled on the more stable pecan bar. I thought Smitten Kitchen’s pecan squares post was adorable and hysterical but this was my first attempt and 9 sticks of butter sounds intimidating so I opted for Claire Robinson’s recipe which uses just 5 ingredients. 5!
Do you ever get so excited about trying something new that your run out and buy all the ingredients without reading through the directions? I hate when I do that, and here comes the really embarrassing confession for someone who likes to fancy themselves as useful in the kitchen: I don’t own a mixer (those things are like $400!).
So there were many times throughout the course of making these bars when I just thought, “Wrong. Wrong, this is all wrong. They’re going to be terrible.” You may also fear this but let me tell you– these were insanely delicious. The texture was perfect. Even if you think they look like they could blow up your oven, they won’t and you will wind up averaging 4 a day.
So ta-da. Easy pecan bars using no basic, essential fancy-shmancy tools and just 5 ingredients!
June 5, 2012 § 1 Comment
A friend’s mom served this cake when we were over for a barbecue one night and she claimed that she had just been dying for an excuse to make it. Now I know why–the hit of lime is a refreshing surprise and the blueberries make the pound cake light and exciting for summer. I found this recipe online and just had to try it out myself (gotta love billowy summer dresses when you start baking on a Monday).This is perfect after a light summer dinner served with vanilla ice cream or as a sweet ending to Sunday brunch topped with fresh berries.