May07
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Bake for Mother’s Day — A Piece of Cake

I remember being 15 or 16 and buying my mom an electric frying pan for Mother’s Day and my brother Ron was furious. “How can you give her something that’ll just mean more work for her?” he yelled. But I didn’t see it like that at all. She used her electric fryer a lot and it had seen better days. I was simply giving her something I’d heard her complaining about a couple weeks before. And from the way she reacted, you would have thought I’d given her the Hope Diamond – it was a wonderful moment. The funny thing is, this many years later, I’d give her another electric frying pan if she needed it. Guess I’ve always believed a gift fits into the ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ kind of thinking.

I also like to ‘cook’ for the gift recipient. There’s just something special about spending your own time and effort to make a delicious whatever for a person you care about. And I’ve got the perfect thing for you to make this Mother’s Day – it’s a Pecan Pull-Apart. It has only 6 ingredients and turns into an edible celebratory masterpiece. You think I’m kidding – well I’m not. If you feel like going a little bit further, check back in a few days for a Spinach, Mushroom & Bacon Fritatta recipe. I have only 3 words about it for you – oh…my…goodness.

Sam the Cooking Guy

Pecan Pull-A-Part

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: serves 8

Pecan Pull-A-Part

Warm, sweet, gooey and amazing. If this doesn’t say I love you, nothing will.

Ingredients

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 2/3 cups sugar

3 - 10 ounce packages refrigerator biscuits, quartered

3/4 cup butter

3/4 cup pecan pieces

1/3 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine cinnamon and 2/3 cup of the sugar in large bowl, add biscuits a few at a time and toss until evenly covered.
  3. Meanwhile, combine remaining sugar and butter in a small pot over low heat until butter has melted - mix well.
  4. Scatter half the pecans and raisins in bottom of buttered Bundt pan.
  5. Drop in half the coated biscuit quarters.
  6. Drizzle half the melted butter/sugar mixture over the biscuits, and repeat again with pecans, raisins, biscuits and finally the rest of the butter.
  7. Bake in oven approximately 35 minutes.
  8. Put a platter on top of the Bundt pan and turn both upside down, lift off pan.
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Sam Zien

is host of the TV show Sam the Cooking Guy, author of 3 cookbooks and a frequent guest in the Today Show kitchen. He’s also and proud of his “big in taste but small in effort” cooking style — “food that anyone can make,” he likes to say.

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