My mother made some of the very best desserts ever…cookies, cakes, pies, and TARTS. All of my parent’s neighbors were aware when something special was about to appear from the oven. It was uncanny how quickly their neighbors would show up and wait at the breakfast room table…waiting for a cup of coffee and a wonderfully sweet treat.
Even after I finished college and began working, I could expect to come home to a table filled with my parent’s neighbors. When my future husband first visited my parent’s house, he also met their neighbors. Honestly, they were part of the family…Bee, Edwin, Dorothy, Bettye and on and on.
And we can’t forget my aunts…Aunt Lois, Aunt Doris, Aunt Ethel (when she was in town), Aunt Eva, and Aunt Beth. They were all very talkative and fun and perhaps a bit opinionated (in a good way!). My future husband had way more people to impress than just my parents. He liked to talk and sit around the table laughing with lots of friends…especially when a great tasting dessert made with chocolate was being served! We are the same way with friends today when we visit our farm or when we get together with friends in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Maybe it is something about a chocolate dessert that makes everyone a bit happier…or maybe it is any sweet dessert. Or maybe it is just the camaraderie with long time friends who know all of your crazy habits and like you anyway! Somehow, I think desserts might play an important part in some families…like mine!
One of my favorite desserts that my mother made was…
Unbelievably delicious! No kidding! I could never find where the recipe was written down, but I found an old newspaper clipping with a Baked Fudge recipe. I made it and…YEA!…it tasted just like my mother’s own Baked Fudge! The recipe was from a now closed restaurant named “Tale of the Trout” in Roger, Arkansas. My mother must have had a similar recipe long before the restaurant opened in 1977. I have no idea where my mother got the original recipe!
Baked Fudge has a very custard-like consistency…sort of like a hot pudding. My mother always called this dessert a CRUSTLESS TART. I always thought that tarts included fruit, but I now realize that there are also chocolate tarts. The following is the very good recipe for Baked Fudge…
Tale of the Trout Baked Fudge
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup butter
1 cup chopped nuts (my mother used pecans)
2 teaspoons vanilla
Add sifted dry ingredients to well-beaten eggs. Add butter (melted), vanilla, and nuts. Pour into a 8x10x2-inch pan. Place pan in a larger pan filled with a hot (boiling) water bath. Add enough boiling water to the larger pan to come halfway up the sides of the smaller pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until firm like a baked custard. Cool, serve with whipped cream. Serves 8 to ten. The fudge will be crusty on top.