Thursday, November 17, 2011

More Cajun Thanksgiving Desserts

With less than one week to go until Thanksgiving, I am putting the finishing touches on my dessert menu. I tend to get carried away with holiday desserts,  but like to make a few new desserts, every year. This year's newbies are a rich and luscious cake and a divine, old fashioned pecan pie that I was introduced to at a recent family gathering. Out of this world and guaranteed to please your guests. Cest bon, cher! Bon Appetit!

Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake

1-1/2 sticks butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup dark rum
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 cups sliced bananas
1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp.'s baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup half and half

In saucepan, combine 4 tbs.'s butter with the brown sugar, rum, and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat until melted and smooth, stirring constantly. Pour into a buttered a 9 inch square cake pan.  Arrange banana slices evenly,  over top of the butter-brown sugar mixture.

In small bowl, combine, flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix well. In large bowl, combine the remaining butter and sugar, and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. (about 3 minutes) Add the eggs,one at a time, and beat well, after each one.

On low speed, gradually add flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time and alternate with the half and half, until just mixed. Pour the cake mixture evenly over the bananas. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and invert onto a cake plate.

And Thanksgiving  wouldn't be the same at my house without a fabulous pecan pie. This pie is totally scrumptious and will melt in your mouth, especially when topped off with my Bourbon Whipped Cream. (recipe below)

Creole Pecan Pie w/ Bourbon Whipped Cream

3 eggs, lightly beaten
4 tbs.'s butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup cane syrup or dark corn syrup
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp.salt
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell

Beat eggs, butter, and sugar together until thick. Add syrup, vanilla, salt, and pecans.

Mix well and pour into pie shell. Bake at 300 degrees for about 1 hour or until filling is firm.

Bourbon Whipped Cream

1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbs. bourbon

Mix the wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk in the confectioners sugar. Whip the mixture with an electric mixer until raised peaks form. (about 4 minutes) Great on everything!
And here are a few other heavenly desserts that will be gracing my dessert table.
All are sinfully delicious and totally worth the calories, cher! Enjoy!

(click on recipe title to view recipe)


I'll be sharing these at~
Potpourri Friday @ 2805
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sister's Stuff

 Wishing you all a fun and fabulous weekend! Merci beaucoup for coming by!


Kittie Howard said...

Too yummy for words. I'm going for the Caramel-Apple Pudding w/Rum Sauce. BTW, last Christmas I ordered pecan pie at Commander's Palace. It was dreadful! Only time that's happened to me there. (Their Oyster Bombs for appetizers were out of this world. Do you know how to make those? About five-6 oysters (medium size) in some kind of white sauce baked in the flakiest filo mounds. No hint of sauce until you forked off the top.

Drick said...

finishing touches on desserts? - Lordy, I haven't even thought of appetizers yet... I don't know which one I would go for first, ya know I want them all - but I think that caramel bread pudding says "yes Drick, this is it... Me first!"

Magic of Spice said...

You can get as carried away as you want...these are all fantastic but you know my weakness for praline and this pumpkin pie is to die for!

KarenG said...

I'll take the pecan pie please!

Cloudia said...

should I become president, YOU will be my pastry chef!!

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the wild magnolia said...

You have the most delicious recipes.

Thank you for sharing.

Linda Starr said...

I have never heard of banana upside down cake that looks yummy; and I love pecan pie, with boubon whipped cream oh so devine. Pecans were over six dollars a pound in the store, yikes, wish I knew someone who had a tree. My Gary doesn't like pecan pie so I only order it in restaurants but he does love bananas. Ha.

Kat said...

Yum! It all looks so darn good.

sussah said...

This is overwhelming! have a wonderful time at Thanksgiving. sp

MM said...

I put my mom in charge of desserts this year. Would it be rude to give her this link? Ha!

Eddie Bluelights said...

C'est Magnifique, Marguerite. Ooh la la.

You know I think we ought to have a special Thanksgiving for your wonderful recipees.

Big Dude said...

They all look good, but the cake is a must try

Pooch Purple Reign said...

this inspired memories of my mom making pineapple upside down cake. i bet its awesome
~laura xx

stinkerbelle said...

OMG! These are the best recipes! I am going to have to try the Caramel Apple Bread Pudding first! Both caramel and apple bread are my weaknesses! Thank you for the fabulous recipes!

Amanda aka Stinkerbelle

nanny said...

Are making all of those???? How many are you feeding? wow
I'll make a pecan pie (of course) and a pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. Most likely half of those to will not be eaten......guess we aren't big on sweets. But oh will we devour the dressing and mashed potatoes/ha

Good Girl Gone Green said...

Those cupcakes look tasty!

Angie's Recipes said...

Gosh...that caramelized banana cake looks freaking good! I love the bourbon cream ;-))

Gypsy Heart said...

I can't even imagine what Thanksgiving is like at your house! I know I'd gain about 20 lbs...almost have just looking at these incredible desserts, cher. I wish I lived close to you! :-)

Thanks so much for sharing ~

Gypsy Heart said...

I can't even imagine what Thanksgiving is like at your house! I know I'd gain about 20 lbs...almost have just looking at these incredible desserts, cher. I wish I lived close to you! :-)

Thanks so much for sharing ~

Miriam said...

My mouth is watering from al of those yummies :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Donna K. Weaver said...

Oh, my heck. I could feel my thighs getting bigger just looking at that picture of the Banana Foster cake.

MM said...

Thanks for linking up! Happy Thanksgiving!

Marguerite said...

Kitty- Thanks, that's a good choice, but I must warn you that it is addictive! :) Those Oyster Bombs sound so good!

Drick- Well, you'd better get on the stick, cher! lol Planning ahead cuts down on stress! Thanks, glad you like the bread pudding! Enjoy!

Spice- So good to hear from you! Thanks, the praline pie is divine and I hope you try it! Thanks for coming by!

Karen- Thanks, the pecan pie is scrumptious and so easy! Hope you give it a try!

Cloudia- Merci for the sweet compliment, cher! Or maybe if you hit the lottery!:)

twm- Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for stopping by! You're very welcome!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
This looks all so Yummy.
I love the APPLE bread pudding w/Rum Sauce... Oh I need to put this together for Thanksgiving dinner.. I need to have more work on Thanksgiving day. Can you come over and put this together for me. I know NO WAY...Texas Lady.
I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Thanksgiving tablescape so sweet of you.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving day with your family.
XXOO Diane


oh, my gosh, i think i may have to change things up a bit and just do a dessert buffet! [which i've done a few times, actually] - if it has even a hint of chocolate and pecans [louisiana grown pecans, that is!], then nothing left to be said, except "seconds, please!" ;)

happy happy turkey, dear lady!

Donna said...

oooooooooooo dear goodness...let me go clean the drool off my keyboard. This looks absoulutly SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!!!!! I'm flagging it for New Years Eve!!! Awesome always:)

Miz Helen said...

Hi Marguerite,
Oh My, I want some of each and then seconds for some. I am having my afternoon tea, what a treat that would be. Hope you are having a great holiday week end. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you will come back soon!
Miz Helen

Leiah said...

Marguerite, I'm hanging out with the JUGs (Just Us Girls - my HS friends) again this weekend and am going to try and teach a few of them how to make gumbo. How can you grow up in SE TX and not know how to make gumbo? Anyway, I want to make the Bananas Foster cake (or your BF bread pudding) but need to know - can this be easily doubled? I need enough cake to feed 15. Thanks chere!