For Belgian Americans in northern Wisconsin's Door County, the start of autumn is a time for giving thanks. And as part of their Kermiss celebrations, there is always the fruit-filled treat known as Belgian Pie.
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Given the long ramp-up to the holidays, Christmas day always seems to be over in the blink of an eye. Just as I'm really getting my carol on, it's Christmas Eve. And then before you can say, "Socks? For me?" it's time to pack my presents into a suitcase and head on home.
Sticky. Toffee. Pudding. When I say these words aloud I see my listeners' pupils dilate, their fingers twitch, their teeth bite vampire-like into their bottom lips. I see I have an audience in my thrall and decide to tease and torture, describing how a warm bath of brown sugar, butter, molasses, and port sauce cascades onto a bed of dark cake that imbibes the glossy liquid. When prodded or scooped, the cake bleeds out helplessly and deliciously.