11/29/2008 08:14:00 PM | Posted by Cooking Confections | | Edit Post
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.
- 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!
- Cooking Confections
- Mother/Step-Mother of 5 (Blended family), Grandmother of 9 precious grandchildren - 7 stateside and 2 in London. Cooking is my passion and stress release, Lived in the Charleston, SC area all my life, love to travel to England and Italy.
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