Thursday, February 21, 2013

Charleston Chew "Cake"

Have you ever had a Charleston Chew? It's a candy bar created in 1922 and named not for the harbor city of Charleston, South Carolina that I love so much, but for the dance of the same name. I guess since the dance was named after the city, however, it sort of IS named for Charleston, South Carolina. The cake is more like a bar cookie, and it was the silliest recipe that GG gave me to try. It sort of just told you what to put in with some random measurements. 

1 stick of butter, 1 box of brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar), 2 eggs, 2 cups self-rising flour, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup of chopped nuts. I used pecans.
Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan. You use the pan to mix the entire "cake".
Add the brown sugar to the melted butter until the sugar melts a bit as well and remove from heat.
Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well. Then add the flour, vanilla, and nuts. (blurry pic-still practicing with the camera)
Bake in a lightly greased 13x9x2 glass baking dish. Mine was nowhere to be found, so I used a square dish and a round cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Mine took about 25-30, so just watch it after 20. 
All boxed up. GG informed me that she only had one piece before someone else ate the rest. I guess that means I have to make it again. The round cake pan really worked well, and it was easy to cut into wedges. Be warned, it is SWEET! But it does taste almost just like a Charleston Chew.