PATTIE’S PARADISE CHEWS
Ingredients (First Layer)
1/4 pound softened butter or margarine
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Mix the ingredients and press into the bottom of a greased 8-inch baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and lower temperature to 275 degrees.
Ingredients (Second Layer)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup grated coconut
1/2 cup pecans, coarsley chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix the ingredients and spread evenly over the first layer. It is not necessary for this to be cool. Return to the oven at 275 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes.
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Pattie Boyd Clapton’s recipe above is from the 1980 book, MARY FRAMPTON AND FRIENDS ROCK AND ROLL RECIPES by MARY FRAMPTON (aka Mary Lovett, wife of Peter Frampton from 1972 to 1976). Mary collected favorite recipes from her rock ‘n’ roll friends and included tales about each of her famous contributers. This little known book is a unique treasure with recipes from: George Harrison, Linda McCartney, Ringo Starr, Twiggy, Dr. John, Neil Aspinall, Steve Winwood, Steve Marriott, actress Susan George, Ronnie Wood and the Bee Gees - plus many more.
-The following excerpt is Mary Frampton’s complete chapter about Pattie and Eric Clapton:
Pattie Clapton has an indiscernible magic. She is extremely beautiful and possesses the longest legs I have ever seen. But much more that physical beauty, Pattie possesses a grace and dignity that come from within.
I met Pattie when she and George Harrison were still together and had just moved into “Crackerbox Palace,” Friar Park. Like so many other people in the music world, their relationship ended and they went their separate ways, each finding a new partner. Pattie and the wonderful Eric Clapton have been together for many years now. Eric insists that he first met me on a greenline bus going to Richmond when we were both in art school. He could be right but unfortunately I have no recollection of the historic event.
I wish that I could see more of these two people but we always seem to be in different parts of the world. I saw them in Los Angeles where Eric gave one of the most memorable concerts I’ve ever attended. He was brilliant, a standard that he has maintained all his years. No matter how many guitarists try to imitate his style, there is no doubt that Eric Clapton is the master.
Now Eric and Pattie are back home in the mother country, despite the tax situation. While they were away they lived on Paradise Island in the Bahamas - hence the name of Pattie’s recipe. She was happy there, although she did resent “having her brain fried,” as she put it, during the summer. They had many visitors, including Ronnie and Krissie Wood, who stayed with them for several months, and Gay and Frank Carillo dropped in while honeymooning in Nassau.
Eventually, however, their homesickness got the better of them and they decided to weather England’s unfriendly home policy. I have a feeling Eric misses his “pinta” - there’s nothing like an English pub and a pint with the lads.
Pattie is a great cook and loves to experiment, often creating new dishes. For many years she was a vegetarian but now she eats fish and fowl and sometimes a little red meat. I remember a delicious salad dressing she made with tahini (sesame seed cream) and plain yogurt; as well as her monumental casseroles with any ingredients that happened to be at hand. Those one-dish meals always turned out to be marvelous. The following recipe for Paradise Chews began as an experiment but I think you will agree once you try it that they turned out to be a triumph.
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Photo of Pattie by Jean-Claude Volpeliere. Scan from the Forever Pattie Boyd group at Yahoo!
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