Day 3, May 4, 2018
Half-baked cookies in the oven Half-baked people on the bus There's a little bit of fruitcake left in everyone of us. Jimmy Buffett
My friend Laurie is hosting a Cinco de Mayo dinner at her home. I volunteered to bake which is what I always volunteer to do. I love to bake. I would bake every day if I could. This blog could be 60 Days of Baking but I would have to rename the sub title to reflect 60 Days to 60 Pounds and I would rather fit into my clothes at the end of this. I used to bake more and send the goodies to work with my husband. Then he began to work from home so I would bring the love to my neighbors. My neighbors are gracious and thankful but don’t want to eat too many baked goods either. We have a few parties and attend a few events so I am not deprived of my joy for baking.
My friend Donna once asked me if I love to bake because I love to eat the baked goods or for the pleasure of baking? She wanted to know because her daughter, Gianna, at 10 years of age decided she loved to bake. I told her that for me it was definitely both the eating and the actual preparation I enjoyed. But there are a few more reasons:
- Baking is like a chemistry experiment. Will it work? Will it fall flat? Will it burst into flames?
- There is a certain amount of satisfaction when it comes together and looks and tastes good. Not exactly a thrill but definitely a feel good emotion.
- I find baking very cathartic. Therapy without a therapist.
- Baked goods make people happy. Who doesn’t want to make people happy?
And lastly, I love to bake because my grandmother, mother and aunts bake(d) a lot. I can channel their expertise and feel close to them. I can still see the violets in the windowsill of my grandmother’s kitchen and remember the smell of pies baking, my mother and aunts in aprons lending a hand.
For the party tomorrow night, I am making Mexican Wedding Cakes. These guys have many origins. They can be called Russian Tea Cakes or Meltaways or even Sand Tarts. Yet, they are without a doubt, cookies. And in honor of Cinco de Mayo tomorrow and because I feel Mexicans have had enough taken from them, I will call them Mexican Wedding Cakes.
I am sticking with the recipe I like the best from Family Circle and switching it up to use walnuts because that is what I have in my pantry. However, you can use almonds, pecans and even pepitas. I also rolled them into balls which is how the Mexican Wedding Cakes are traditionally shaped (as opposed to the gringo version of crescents). Then I chilled them again for 20 more minutes once I rolled them into balls, just prior to popping them in the oven so they would hold their shape better. Other than that, I stuck to the basic recipe.
Can you believe there are only 5 ingredients. Doesn’t get easier than this.
Ready to take to the party.
Oops, forgot to hit “publish” yesterday. Already a day behind. Will catch up!
The link for the recipe is here: https://www.familycircle.com/recipe/meltaways/