Thirty five years ago I packed up a tiny pink fluff of a baby girl (about 2 months old) and hopped into the back seat of my cousin Mike and wife’s car, along with my mom, Betty, and headed south on a road trip………way south…….. to……………… Arkansas to attend a family wedding. I was a bit apprehensive, (quite a bit) to say the least, for my cousin and his wife were newly married and were NOT used to a newborn, let alone, a crying newborn! But they assured me in their invitation that we would not be a bother and they would thoroughly enjoy our company. Well…… roadtrip was a Blast!
We stayed with Mike’s folks, Uncle Glen and Aunt Roma Bassett, in Little Rock, Arkansas. How I loved being in their home. They have always been so special to me. I viewed them as the “Ozzie and Harriet” couple in our family with the perfect marriage. (I think I was right! 🙂 They still seem that way to me! Their hospitality was superb and the food my aunt prepared was fantastic. I brought home this spectacular bar recipe and have been making it every year since. It has always brought many a compliment…….and I always tell the sampler, “This is my Aunt Roma’s recipe—I got it way down in Arkansas!” They are back in Des Moines, now, which we all love!
I know I say this a lot, but you must believe me when I say, this is another delectable, simple recipe which takes no time at all to prepare. I always make this large portion recipe for the holidays and many times in between. Hope it becomes a favorite in your home, too. It’s perfect for holidays, fancy coffees and teas, showers and Sunday afternoon get-to-gethers.
- 3 C flour
- ¼ C + 2 T sugar
- ¾ C margarine, softened (sometimes I use butter)
- ¾ t salt
- 4 eggs slightly beaten
- 1½ C brown sugar
- 1½ C light corn syrup
- 3 T melted margarine (or butter)
- 1½ t vanilla
- 2½ C chopped pecans
- Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease jelly roll pan. Beat flour, sugar, margarine and salt in a large bowl on medium. Will be crumbly. Press into jelly roll pan firmly. Bake about 20 min
- Filling: Mix all ingredients except pecans until well blended, stir in pecans. Pour over baked crust and spread evenly. Bake until filling is set, about 20 minutes.
- Cool and cut into 1½' squares
Gently pour on filling and spread
Cool and eat……simple as pie…….simpler! 🙂
Oh…..about that baby girl…..it was our Annie. She was the best little back-seat rider all the way to Arkansas and back. She didn’t cry once! And she is having a birthday this week! Happy Birthday, Annie!
Thanks, Aunt Roma, for sharing your specialties with me! 🙂