Essay: Mother's Day Recipes

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Weekend Edition essayist Bonny Wolf suggests making a family recipe for Mother’s Day. She tells NPR's Liane Hansen the ingredients and instructions for gas company candy and her neighbor Bill’s mother’s war cake.

Mom’s War Cake

1 lb raisins

½ cup Crisco or lard (Bill uses butter)

3 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp baking soda

2 cups sugar

4 cups flour

Preheat oven to 325.

Stew raisins for 15 minutes in 2 cups of water. Add 1 cup of cold water. Stir and drain, reserving water. Add rest of ingredients, using water from raisins to moisten. Bake for 1 hour.

Gas Company Candy

Spread 1 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts in a 6”x10” pan. Boil ½ cup butter and ¾ cup brown sugar for 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour over nuts. Pour package of chocolate chips on top and spread with a knife. Let harden and break into pieces.

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