I'm as Yankee as they come, but I know a good idea when I see one, and the sweet-fizzy-drink-meets-salty-snack mash-up is a good one indeed. Once you accept that the Coke functions as a rootsy, molasses-tinged caramel to coat the peanuts in a way not unlike that northern ballpark snack, the concept goes down easier. But my question last weekend was if the combination could make the transition to ice cream.
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This classic southern cake is full of pineapple, banana, and pecans and iced with a creamy cream cheese frosting. This snack cake version is easy mixed in just one bowl and oh so moist.
For years I've looked longingly in the direction of pecan pie, but with a tree nut allergy, I figured my love would remain unrequited. Then I learned of a Peanut Pie that hails from Virginia and the Carolinas. It sounded just like the nuts + sweet goo that I crave, and turns out, it's all that and more.
This week we looked for inspiration from the American South. You sent in some of the South's best sweets, including red velvet cake, pecan tassies, and an upside down cake starring (what else?) peaches.
New Orleans may be best known around these parts for beignets and King Cake, but when it comes time to celebrate your birthday in the Big Easy, it's the over the top Doberge Cake—that's pronounced DOUGH-bash for the folks at home—that steals the show.
There are several varieties of benne wafers in existence; some sweet, some savory, some a mix of both. These wafers, from The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen are on the sweet side, all the way to caramel. With an addictively crunchy-chewy texture, and full of toasted sesame flavor, these little darlings will disappear as fast as you can turn them out.