TURKEY DAY


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.

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING

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.

SAUCE

  • 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!

1 comments:

Tartelette said...

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

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