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AlisonBennett Apr 30, 2011 07:26 PM

What is your favorite "Texas" dessert?? I have gotten a lot of responses from friends saying the traditional pecan pie, Texas Delight, & Texas sheet cake. I am looking for some different responses with a little more variety. Any help is much appreciated!

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    cocktailhour May 2, 2011 04:37 PM

    I agree with pecan pie, cobbler, and Blue Bell ice cream.

    Other thoughts: Hummingbird Cake (southern, but also a Lady Bird Johnson favorite, I believe). Tres Leches, sopapillas--more Tex-Mex, obviously, but very popular, more so in restaurants.

    1. shanagain May 1, 2011 05:56 PM

      Peach cobbler (with pie crust topping, not the cake-y kind) and a scoop of Bluebell Homemade Vanilla ice cream.

      Or, yeah, pecan pie (puh-kahn, not pee-can!) or banana pudding (my grandmother's banana pudding was always topped with a huge cloud of meringue.

      1. Hank Hanover May 1, 2011 04:54 PM

        Considering the Texas state tree is the pecan and they grow wild here even at the Alamo, any serious Texas dessert would have to have pecans in it.

        Hill country has a pretty good crop of peaches so peach cobbler and peach pie is important.

        I will say that part of me misses living in Sacramento, California and going to Marysville and Yuba City during the peach harvest and buying softball size peaches and having it run down your forearm trying to eat it. Here they are more baseball size peaches.

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          Joebob May 1, 2011 05:38 PM

          Oh, but the flavor of a ripe TX peach!

        2. luckyfatima May 1, 2011 03:41 PM

          Pecan pralines and pecan pie.

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            gilintx May 1, 2011 02:30 PM

            Ice box pies are a big thing here. My personal favorites are coconut cream, and chocolate cream. That said, pecan is probably the state pie, with good reason.

            1. hohokam May 1, 2011 02:16 PM

              Mine, in order of preference:
              Pecan pie
              Peach cobbler
              Kolaches
              Banana pudding

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                igorm May 1, 2011 02:30 PM

                I secod your list!

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                  RGC1982 May 1, 2011 05:56 PM

                  Kolaches seem more like a breakfast or snack item for a dessert, and I am assuming you are referring to the fruit filled ones (my personal favorite over the smoky meat types). I'll admit, however, that I have had a kolache or two for dessert, but it only when we have a box laying around from the Czech Stop.

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                  Cheez62 Apr 30, 2011 11:46 PM

                  Brisket. I LOVE desserts, but I'm in Texas now, right? I can have cake and pie and pudding when I gat back home. Please, give me more brisket.

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                    RGC1982 Apr 30, 2011 09:20 PM

                    Banana pudding is the most common dessert, with fruit cobblers a close second choice. You would find both of those at any decent barbecue joint in Texas. Other popular alternatives would be red velvet cake or pecan pie. These are more "Southern" than Texas-specific, but you will find them in most restaurants.

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                      laredo Apr 30, 2011 10:12 PM

                      If you are asking what would typically be served in a Texas home (as opposed to a restaurant, which doesn't really reflect the typical, IMHO), I would say that is a really hard question to answer!

                      I have lived in three regions of Texas and have spent quite a bit of time in other areas, and my best answer is cobbler, especially peach or cherry. Chocolate cake is more frequently served than pecan pie or banana pudding, although they are also popular.

                      Definitely not Texas Delight.

                      Much depends on the occasion: formal dinner, picnic, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, family get- together.....One would not serve cobbler or banana pudding at a dinner party, for example. I do occasionally make a banana pudding for Christmas, which is unorthodox, but it is my brother-in-law's favorite dessert.

                      I just can't think of one definitive item. Texas is such a huge state and there are significant cultural influences such as German in the Hill Country and hispanic in almost all areas.

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                        Joebob May 1, 2011 12:24 PM

                        +1 on the peach cobbler, but the peaches must be purchased from a farmer.

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                          RGC1982 May 1, 2011 05:59 PM

                          Geez, I live in Texas and have no idea what a "Texas Delight" is. Can you tell me what that is?

                          And no, I was not thinking high end restaurant fare when I put my answer together.

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                          Hank Hanover Apr 30, 2011 11:39 PM

                          Yeah all the BBQ joints have peach cobbler and what they call "nana puddin".

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                            alanbarnes May 1, 2011 05:39 PM

                            Red velvet cake. Grey icing. Shaped like an armadillo.

                            ETA: Oooh, I forgot about chewy pecan pralines. There was a Lammes on the ground floor of the office building where I used to work. Good stuff.

                          2. Veggo Apr 30, 2011 08:20 PM

                            One vote for black bottom pie. It may not be totally Texan, but that's where I first enjoyed it.

                            1. goodhealthgourmet Apr 30, 2011 08:08 PM

                              i love pecan pie, but only when i make it - traditional recipes are too sweet for me.

                              how about buttermilk pie? you can even jazz it up with additions like pecans and/or chocolate if it doesn't have to be strictly traditional.

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                                MellieMag Apr 30, 2011 07:50 PM

                                Do not, repeat do not, make a pinto bean pie. Go with the pecans.

                                1. Hank Hanover Apr 30, 2011 07:38 PM

                                  More southern than Texan but coconut layer cake is good.

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