Such a Fun Age is told through the perspectives of Alix Chamberlain and her babysitter, Emira Tucker. The novel starts out with Emira being stopped by a security guard in a grocery store while babysitting and being accused of kidnapping. This book is equally thought-provoking and challenging as it is fun and dramatic. In particular, the problematic elements of white privilege and white saviorism are highlighted as well as the complex nature of working and trying to remain professional within a family setting.
An especially awkward scene came about when Alix tried to erase the boundary between personal and professional by inviting Emira to Thanksgiving dinner. That scene inspired me to try a spin on the classic Thanksgiving dessert – pecan pie, and make pecan pie muffins.
Pecan Pie Muffins
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/3 sticks butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper liners in 9 muffin cups and spray the liners with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the pecans, sugar and flour. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until foamy. Add the melted butter and stir to combine. Pour the egg mixture into the well in the dry ingredients, stirring until moistened.
Spoon the batter into the cups, filling each almost full. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in a muffin, about 20 minutes.