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Feb 28, 2007 07:27 AM

Best Paula Deen Recipes?

I received some of Paula's cookbooks as a gift, and was wondering what are some of her best recipes? Everyone talks about her coconut cake, but what are the other stars? Thanks!

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  1. My friends and I love her baked french toast (which we call the "death" toast due to its obscene Paula Deen amount of butter). It is really really good!

    1. Is there a sense that her recipes are consistent? I haven't ever tried some but I was just wondering if anyone knows what kind of reputation she has...


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      1. re: daily_unadventures

        I find most of her recipes to be very good. However, if you are looking for low-fat Paula is not your girl. She herself has stated that she is a cook "not a dietician".

        1. re: daily_unadventures

          Most of her recipes are tried and true recipes from church ladies, potluck suppers, school functions, etc., it seems to me. There are many, many recipes, or at least variations of, that I recognize from my grandma or my great grandma making years ago.

          1. re: Katie Nell

            Glad to hear it - it was mostly the testing I was concerned about. the low fat portion... well I like fattening things :)

        2. Her Pine Bark recipe is great! When I make it for fellowship at church, people go nuts over it.

          1. her dream pie is great.

            1. Don't make a lot of her stuff because of the high fat/calorie content of most but have made her gooey butter pumpkin cake (something like that) one thanksgiving after my family and I watched her make it on the show and we were drooling. Definitely not healthy but it was delicious.

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              1. re: laylag

                Second this one. Have had people tell me that they hate pumpkin but loved this.

                1. re: bonmann

                  These ooey gooey bars are good in all variations. The pumpkin ones are good at tgiving. The plain ones are good....uh whenever. And then the chocolate peanut butter ones are also good..whenever. Love Paula Deen's warm style and her so fattening delicious recipes!

                  1. re: amyvc

                    My sister made the chocolate peanut butter ones for Easter last year. They were so good we could get people to try the other desserts!

                    1. re: amyvc

                      Does anyone have the recipe for the choc. peanut butter variations on the ooey gooey pumpkin butter cake thing. She had mentioned in the episode we had seen and I have the recipe off the FN web site but had been unable to find info on the variations.


                      1. re: laylag

                        I think this link has it at the very bottom under variations.


                        1. re: bonmann

                          Here's a link to the recipe with even more variations.


                          I've had the plain, pumpkin, chocolate chip (made with choc cake mix), and peanut butter chocolate. All were good, though I rank pumpkin 1st, pb 2nd, choc 3rd and plain 4th.

                          1. re: amyvc

                            I have made this recipe many times and many different ways. I've used Splenda, eggbeaters, fat free cream cheese (which I wouldn't use again), low fat cream cheese you name it. Everyone begs for the pumpkin ones. The only way to ruin these is cooking them too long.

                            I think the thing with Paula's recipes is they're just good old fashion cookin' no high frills, just plain good food.

                            1. re: othervoice

                              Do these need to be stored in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese?

                              1. re: mamaciita

                                I usually do overnight, but they can be out for several hours at a party or whatnot. They also freeze well if you make them in advance.