Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sharing Recipes

A few days ago, a friend asked about recipes I make for the holidays. Some things, I have made for many years, and it wouldn't be Thanksgiving or Christmas without them. Sorry, I don't have step-by-step photos of these; these are things so good and fattening that I just make them on special days.

Sweet Potato Casserole
4 cups sweet potatoes, cubed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
Put sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan with water to cover. Cook over medium high heat until tender; drain and mash. You can use canned sweet potatoes if you don't have fresh ones.

In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, white sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9x13 inch baking dish.

In medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown.

Holy Smoke Pie
1 cup of flour
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Cut butter into flour and add pecans. Using fingers, pat mixture into the bottom of a buttered 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until crust is firm and lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

1st Layer:
1 cup confectioner's sugar
8 oz. cream cheese
~1/2 cup of whipped cream
Mix together and spread on cooled crust.

2nd Layer:
Small box of instant chocolate pudding, mixed according to package directions.
Spread over cream cheese layer.
You can use other flavors of pudding here if you don't like chocolate.

3rd Layer:
Whipped cream, as much as you want. I usually buy a 12 ounce container. I take out the 1/2 cup for the first layer, then use the rest of it on top.

Garnish with chopped pecans and/or chocolate curls or whatever you want to.

This can be made a few days before you need it. I can't tell you how long it will last; we always eat it all the first day!

Check by later for the coconut cake recipe.