This post by Jennifer Flaten
Last weekend my mother texted me from her vacation home. She was up there on a nice fall weekend attending the town’s annual Harvest Fest. She wanted me to know she was on the hunt for the perfect piece of apple pie.
As our text conversation continued she mentioned she would love a piece of her mother’s apple cake. To which, I replied “the one in the white pan?” See my grandma had two different apple cake recipes one made in a white baking dish and one made in a larger bluestone baking pan.
I preferred the one in the white pan. Now, it isn’t some fancy super secret recipe. In fact, it is embarrassingly easy. It is just a Bisquick coffee cake with sliced apples on top. The other cake, if I am remembering correctly featured a homemade cake base topped with apples. Guess which one my grandma made most often.
That’s right the easy one. Guess which one is the hardest to replicate? That’s right the easy one.
I just can’t get the recipe to taste the same. Maybe it is because I don’t make it in the special white pan (which I’ve been unable to wrest from my mother’s clutches).
The fact that my mom and I refer to the recipe by the pan, made me wonder if other people remember their favorite recipes by the pan it was mode in or if you just remembered the recipe.
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