Our family Thanksgiving is always full - full people, full house, full tummies, full of laughs, full of blessings, and of course - tons of food... you know the drill!

This year it was held at my sister-in-law's plantation, Orange Grove. Thursday was just a glorious day and got even better when lots of family arrived - some 40 people. In they came with main dishes, casseroles, sweet potato dishes, salads, collard greens, cranberry sauces, Virginia ham, two kinds of turkeys producing a feast for all!

The main event was the frying of the turkey... all done by the able and talented turkey fryer - Chip Walker. He performed his task without a hitch and produced the most splendid, best tasting, non-dry fried turkey ever. Many thanks Chip ('cause we ALL remember what happened last year)!

My contribution to the feast was two desserts. The first one was a Coconut Cake that I will post about later. The other was Sticky Toffee Pudding - an English dessert that I make every year for the masses.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Butter a 13 x 9 pan (metal, not glass)

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 16 ozs. chopped and pitted dates
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (non-aluminum)

Cream butter and sugar until well mixed. Add 4 eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Mix well.

In a food processor, pulse the 2 cups of boiling water and the 16 ozs. of dates until well mixed. Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 2 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour, and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Pulse until well incorporated. Add this mixture to the butter mixture and mix well.

Pour into prepared baking pan and bake 35-40 minutes or until top springs back.


  • 3 cups whipping cream
  • 12 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar

Place all the above in a saucepan and bring to a slow boil. Cook about 5-8 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Cut the cake into squares, top with warm sauce. Then, top with slightly sweetened whipped cream.

This is some kind of goodness!


Tartelette said...

Thank you for the link to the lemonladies.com site!

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