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Southern Thanksgiving Dessert suggestions?

PotatoHouse Oct 14, 2011 05:12 PM

I am a southern boy living deep in Yankee-land (The North Woods of Maine) and every year I try to make a homemade Southern dessert to bring to my in-laws' house for Thanksgiving and Christmas (my wife is a born and bred Mainer). I have brought Shoo-Fly Pie, Pumpkin-Pecan pie, Banana Pudding, and Buttermilk pie. Any suggestions what I should make and bring this year?

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  1. Karl S RE: PotatoHouse Oct 14, 2011 05:29 PM

    Sweet potato pie. Way better than pumpkin pie.

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      Olliegator RE: Karl S Oct 15, 2011 06:39 PM

      Agree 100%

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        pine time RE: Olliegator Oct 16, 2011 08:26 AM

        Try a 1/2 and 1/2 mix of sweet potatoes and pumpkin puree. Best of both worlds. Topped, of course, with bourbon whipped cream.

    2. alkapal RE: PotatoHouse Oct 14, 2011 05:35 PM

      sweet potato surprise cake. one of the best cakes you will ever eat!


      this fresh apple cake will also knock your socks off. http://retro-food.com/2007/08/30/fres...

      my cousin adds 1 cup coconut as well, uses only three eggs and bakes at 350 for approx. one hour in bundt or tube pan.

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        JEN10 RE: alkapal Oct 14, 2011 05:50 PM

        I am going to try that, Wow it looks like it should be delicous, Thank you!!!

        Edit: I am referring to the sweet potato surprise cake

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          alkapal RE: JEN10 Oct 14, 2011 06:16 PM

          it is truly stunning -- makes a big cake. i'd make double the frosting…cause it is that good. LOL

          i'll tell you a true story about the cake: my sister made one years ago and i was house-sitting for the weekend. i whittled a half of this big three layer sweet potato cake down to a tall thin sliver probably about an inch wide. in a WEEKEND. just ME. i could NOT resist this cake. i then baked her a brownie pie that to this day is known as "apology pie."

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            JEN10 RE: alkapal Oct 15, 2011 05:54 AM

            Great story pal. thank you makes me want to make it even more.

      2. porker RE: PotatoHouse Oct 14, 2011 05:48 PM

        Southern bread pudding with a decadent bourbon sauce, no?
        When your wife asks "bread pudding?!", you say "don't worry, its not your mothers bread pudding!"

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          Bethcooks RE: porker Oct 14, 2011 06:22 PM

          Porker - do you have a recipe for a southern bread pudding and a bourbon sauce? I am trying out recipes for Thanksgiving.
          I also am going to try both the Sweet Potato Surprise Cake and the Fresh Apple Cake - have already printed recipes.

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            alkapal RE: Bethcooks Oct 14, 2011 06:25 PM

            ooh, one of the best things about the fresh apple cake (other than the delicious cake) is -- once the cake is half-gone -- raiding the "hole" of the cake, which has accumulated nuts and coconut with extra glaze. mmm mmm goooood. ;-)). you'll see what i mean.

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              porker RE: Bethcooks Oct 14, 2011 07:33 PM

              Highly secret family recipe (and we're not even southerners) handed down, so measurements and technique perhaps not so precise.
              large bowl of day-old crusty bread, cubed (don't use sandwich bread)
              boiling water
              1/2C butter cut into small pieces
              1C raisins soaked in boiling water

              Custard:(sets the pudding)
              5 eggs
              4C milk
              1C sugar
              1 TBL vanilla
              3 tsp ground nutmeg
              more butter

              Bourbon Sauce:
              1C sugar
              2C water
              2 TBL vanilla
              2 TBL cornstarch
              About 1 1/4C bourbon (your choice, but I like Makers Mark)
              more butter

              1. separate bourbon into 1C and 1/4C. set 1/4C aside, take a sip from 1C.
              2. put 1/2C of butter pieces into bowl of bread cubes
              3. add 2C boiling water, mix lightly, cover with dish towel.
              4. soak raisins in boiling water

              1. take sip from 1C bourbon
              2. whisk eggs, milk, sugar. Add vanilla, mix. Add nutmeg to taste Adjust sugar and spice if needed.

              butter a cake pan (9x13 or so), add bread mixture, custard, and drained raisins, mix lightly. top with a few pats of butter. bake in a preheated 350F oven for 45-60 minutes.
              enjoy more of 1C bourbon.

              Bourbon sauce
              1. brown sugar in pan until it becomes amber and a bit liquid, stirring often.
              2. add 1C water, stirring on the heat until sugar is dissolved.
              3. add cornstarch to 1C water, mix well
              4. add cornstarch mixture to simmering sauce until desired thickness.
              5. add 1/4C bourbon
              6. stir, adjust sugar or more cornstarch if needed.
              7. stir in vanilla and 2 pats butter

              finish off the 1C of bourbon.

              Let sauce cool to room temp, serve over bread pudding.

          2. cookie monster RE: PotatoHouse Oct 14, 2011 07:25 PM

            Italian cream cake is my personal favorite Southern dessert.

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              Joebob RE: PotatoHouse Oct 14, 2011 07:25 PM

              Hummingbird cake.

              1. lilgi RE: PotatoHouse Oct 14, 2011 08:16 PM

                I crave pecan pie this time of year (my family too) but straight! I I like it with chocolate, but prefer without it and any other combos.

                1. Jay F RE: PotatoHouse Oct 14, 2011 09:20 PM

                  Lemon chess pie. There's always someone who hates the pumpkin, sweet potato, and pecan pies that Americans supposedly love to eat on Thanksgiving. For these people, lemon chess pie is truly something to be thankful for.

                  1. ipsedixit RE: PotatoHouse Oct 14, 2011 09:51 PM

                    Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie.

                    1. Hank Hanover RE: PotatoHouse Oct 14, 2011 09:52 PM

                      A very southern dessert is caramel cake. Even most southerners don't know how to make one, including myself.

                      Smitten Kitten has a recipe. I can't vouch for it but lots of people trust that site.


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                        Tianne41 RE: PotatoHouse Oct 14, 2011 11:47 PM


                        The follow link will take you to the Southern Living site and 26 of their wonderful Thanksgiving desserts. The photographs are spectacular. Personally, the Brandy Alexander Cheesecake makes me want to celebrate Thanksgiving right now.


                        Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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                          Janet RE: PotatoHouse Oct 15, 2011 12:01 AM

                          Pecan pie, Chess pie, Derby pie, Jeff Davis pie,Black Bottom pie, Jam Cake

                          1. danionavenue RE: PotatoHouse Oct 15, 2011 05:53 AM

                            bread pudding or peach cobbler

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                              Bethcooks RE: PotatoHouse Oct 15, 2011 06:15 PM

                              Porker - Thank you so much for the bread pudding and bourbon sauce recipes. Sounds delicious. Am going to try this week as a possible Thanksgiving dessert. [Already have the bourbon ; ) ]

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                                porker RE: Bethcooks Oct 16, 2011 06:03 AM

                                [Already have the bourbon ; ) ]

                                {;-/) hehe

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                                  Bethcooks RE: porker Oct 16, 2011 04:10 PM

                                  Make that had the bourbon. ; )

                              2. Wtg2Retire RE: PotatoHouse Oct 16, 2011 11:27 AM

                                Pecan Cobbler

                                3 cups flour
                                1 cup butter
                                3/4 cup cream
                                3 cups pecans
                                1 teaspoon cinnamon
                                1 cup sugar
                                1/2 cup water
                                1 tablespoon baking powder
                                1 teaspoon salt

                                Bring water to a boil. Add sugar, and cook to soft-ball stage. Remove from heat, and beat in 1/2 cup butter, then 1 cup flour, and cinnamon. Mix in pecans, and spread in bottom of greased baking dish. Preheat oven to 400F. Cut the remaining flour into the remaining butter until it is very granular. Add baking powder and salt and mix in by tossing. Using a fork, mix in cream, a little at a time until the mixture is just shy of pourable. Do not overmix. Drop spoonsful onto the pecans. Immediately place in oven, after 15 min, reduce heat to 350F and bake for another 30 minutes or until filling bubbles.

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