My Aunt Margie’s gift, at my bridal shower was tagged with this recipe 17 years ago. When I realized I didn’t have pineapple for my upside down cake on Easter, I searched through my recipe box for something I could do in a relative short period of time, with minimal ingredients. I knew I had plenty of nuts so I went with this one and said a prayer for my Aunt and Uncle on Easter morning. Many of my close aunts and uncles have passed these last few years. This makes baking this and other inherited recipes more important to me now then ever before. As I was preparing the recipe, I am reminded of many fun memories of my family. My Aunt Margie married my Mom’s brother Gilbert. Gilbert was her second husband. Her first husband died and left her a widow with three young children to raise. My Uncle Gilbert embraced those three children as his if they were his own from day one.
My cousin described their first meeting at my Uncle’s funeral, in his Eulogy. Its a story I had never known. My Uncle just newly arrived from the Azores, went to his new brides home and family immediately from the airport. It was late in the evening when he entered my cousin’s bedroom, woke him and hugged him and kissed him and said in his only broken English my son, my son, I love you! This meant so much to my young cousin at the age of 12, as he was being teased for not having a father.
My aunt and uncle lived down the street from us. Aunt Margie and my Uncle Gilbert were a very loving couple that did everything together. Uncle Gilbert spent time in the kitchen where they did a lot of the Portuguese cooking and my Aunt Margie also did the baking as I remember it. My favorite thing he made was his Portuguese Fava Beans, this I’ll have to make and post in a later entry. Margie has also has passed away a couple years ago and so it was a nice reminder of her to make these.
The recipe was very easy, just mix all the ingredients, spread in a pan and bake.
When looking for a serving plate for the finished bars I found my son and daughter’s baby plate. Peter Rabbit was the theme for my son’s nursery, just more reminiscing for me. It kind of made me sad because this was the first Easter in the last 14 years that the jig was up. My eleven year old daughter made it clear to me she new there was no Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy and Easter bunny!
1 egg unbeaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup flour
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Chopped walnuts ( I added pecans)
Grease 8″ square pan, stir in egg, sugar, vanilla together
Quickly stir in flour baking soda and salt. Add walnuts, spread in pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, cool in pan, cut into 2″ squares.