OK, so I have a client who wants a pastry/ dessert display. They are having a "down home southern" wedding in an old log cabin. For diinner they are having sunday supper classics like fried chicken etc. They wanted desserts that follow the same vein, I am already thinking mini cheesecakes, red velvet cake balls and pecan pie bites, but i'm out of ideas an need at least 2 more items. I'm looking so some classic southern desserts that can be made in a one or two bit portion and eaten without utensils.
When I think of southern desserts, I think of banana pudding, peach or blackberry cobbler and pecan pie (which you've got covered).
Rum cake, german chocolate cake, individual banana puddings, lemon tart with blueberries - i did a "dessert tasting" with a southern theme for a bridal party. It was amazing!
For the rum cake and german chocolate cake, make these in mini muffin pans, or in a loaf pan and cut into bite sized pieces.
For banana puddings use the phyllo cups, put a banana slice in bottom and the filling then top with a cookie then the merange and toast lightly
lemon tarts, in the mini muffin pan, then add the lemon filling and the sugar crusted blueberry on top. YUM
Sorry, hit enter too soon. Don't know what you could do for the banana pudding, but maybe just individual fruit tarts or turnovers.
Love the idea for the banana puddings. Gotta try that!
The hardest part is finding desserts that don't require utensils. Apple pie, peach cobbler, banana pudding, etc. all need spoons. Maybe you could do some dessert cups and have little plastic spoons on the table. And I don't know if I would consider cheesecake to be southern. Definitely not "deep south". Sweet potato pie or apple turnovers, those are more "deep south".
Butternut Squash Pie is alway yummy with some whip cream on top with a sprinkle of cinnamon. You could protably make them in mini cupcake size.
we have a "Leroy's Sweet Potato Shack" here that sells Southern desserts. His menu is Sweet potato CAKE, key lime cake, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, etc. Check out their menu here...I hear it's amazing and really authentic...other than that I dont know! I'm from CA!
When my cousin got married she had bite sized pecan pies,red velvet cupcakes,and mini tarts with Grandmas banana pudding in them.She got married in Kershaw South Carolina and you don't get more southern than that!
I grew up in the south and the "Church Mothers" classic desserts were peach cobbler, apple pie, banana pudding, sweet potato pie, apple turnovers, and pound cake.
Hummingbird cake, strawberry shortcakes, shoofly pie, custard pie (tarte a la bouie, we called it), maybe even candies like pecan pralines, fudge or turtles
fried peach or apple pies ! yummmm !
My family grew up eating Chocolate pie, lemon pie, pecan pie and mincemeat pie. We are in Cajun Country, about as south as you can get.
You do Lemon Tassie Cups. I have a recipe from Paula Deen.
Lemon Tassie Cups
To make your tassie cups you combine:
1 three ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened (I prefer real butter)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt.
Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 1 hour. Form pastries in 24 small balls; press with fingers intothe bottom and up the sides of ungreased miniture muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes, until lightly browned.
For Lemon Curd Filling:
3 Large Lemons, zested and juiced
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup butter, melted
Place the zest and sugar in a food processor and process until combined. Add the lemon juice and eggs and process until smooth. Slowly add butter to the mixture, pulsing as you go. Place the mixture in the top of a double boiler and cook over simmering water for about 5 minutes, until thick.
Remove tassie cups from muffin tins and spoon in filling and serve.
Note: Lemon Curd Filling will keep in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
These are always a big hit in my household with adults and kids alike. You could also fill them with your banana pudding to make a banana cream pie as well. No spoons.