Table of Content: CAKES

These yummy petite-cut squares taste like pecan pie yet they are actually cakes.

1 cup vegetable shortening

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 tsp. salt, divided

2 cups plain flour

3 eggs

½ cup granulated white sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 3/4 cups whole pecans





Preheat the oven and an empty large cookie sheet to 350 degrees.  In a food processor or electric mixer, cream shortening, brown sugar, and ½ tsp. of the salt; then add the flour and blend well.  Spray a 9 X 13-inch baking dish with Baker’s Joy, and pat the mixture into the

bottom of the dish to make a crust.  Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven on the preheated cookie sheet; then allow the crust to completely cool on a wire rack before adding the topping.

While the crust is baking, add the eggs to the mixer bowl along with the white sugar, corn syrup, and remaining ½ tsp. salt.  Mix until all ingredients are well blended.  Place the whole pecans in six straight lines on the top of the crust for easy cutting after baking.  Trying to

avoid moving the pecans, carefully spoon or pour the egg mixture over the pecans and the cooled crust.

Again, bake in the preheated oven on the preheated cookie sheet for 15 minutes at 350 degrees; then reduce the heat to 275 degrees, and bake for about 30 minutes longer or until the topping is set and golden.  Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into

petite squares.

My favorite aunt, Lucile, that I spent many summers with, gave me this scrumptious recipe.  She was a very good cook, but our styles of cooking were greatly different.  If a recipe said to mince the celery, then you had better believe every piece of celery would be uniformly minced.  I can’t possibly say that I am such a perfectionist except maybe when it comes to baking.  I am pretty precise there.  Even though her name was Lucile (be sure not to spell it Lucille!), I lovingly called her “Lou”.  She was a tiny little thing, only about 4’11” tall.  One day she asked her grandson, Bruce, to take her to buy a new car.  He dutifully took her to every available auto dealership he could find.  She finally settled on a car and the exhausted salesman was still extolling the wonders of the car when he mentioned the car’s wonderful headroom.  She drew-up all 4’ 11” of her frame, looked up at him and said, “Do I look like I need headroom?”   Well, I really crawled completely off the subject of the Pecan Pie Squares, but I hope you got a kick out of the story.  I loved her.


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