The Gospel in Your Oven
- Thursday, March 29, 2012
To be made the evening before Easter.
- 1 cup shelled pecans (whole or halves)
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 3 egg whites
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup sugar
- Zipper baggie
- Wooden spoon(s)
- Wax paper
- Bible (Old and New Testaments)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees (This is important. Do it now. Don't wait until you're halfway through the recipe!) Line two cookie sheets with wax paper.
- Place pecans in zipper baggie. Beat them with wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Read John 19:1-3 (the story of Jesus being beaten by the Roman soldiers after his arrest).
- Smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Read John 19:28-30 (Jesus was given vinegar to drink when he was thirsty on the cross).
- Add egg whites to vinegar. (Eggs represent life; Jesus gave his life to give us life). Read John 10:10-11.
- Sprinkle a little salt into your hand. Taste it; brush the rest into the bowl. (Salt represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers and the bitterness of our own sin.) Read Luke 23:27.
- Add 1 cup sugar. Read Psalms 34:8. (The sweet part of the story is that Jesus died because he loves us and he wants us to belong to him.) Read John 3:16.
- Beat with a mixer on high speed until stiff peaks are formed, 10-15 minutes. Read Isaiah 1:18. (White represents purity.)
- Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto cookie sheet. Don’t make them too big; aim for about 1” diameter. Read Matthew 27:57-60 (each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid).
- Put the cookie sheets in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Seal the oven door with tape. Read Matthew 27:65-66 (sealing Jesus’ tomb).
- Go to bed! Read John 16:20 and 22. It may be sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight (especially for young cooks), but Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
- On Easter morning, read Matthew 28:1-9. Unseal and open the oven and pass out the cookies. Take a bite and you’ll find the cookies are hollow, just like the empty tomb!
More Than a Snack
What I like about these recipes—in addition to the tasty treats they produce—is that working through each step makes me slow down and pay attention to the different parts of the story. I have a bad habit of zipping through familiar stories from Scripture because, after all, I know how it all ends. The time it takes to beat pecans into submission or tenderly tuck marshmallows into their dough burial cloths helps me ponder the journey from Friday through Saturday, rather skipping ahead to the Sunday morning party. Try it and see if your baking project helps make the story come alive for you, too. Happy Easter!
Susan Ellingburg is a natural-born Texan who sings at every opportunity, reads as much as possible, and cherishes every day she gets to spend with friends. She's a serious foodie and not-so-serious gardener who is determined not to let being single stand in the way of living an amazing life. Read Susan's blog at TastingGod.wordpress.com.
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