Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Mississippi Fudge Cake

mississppi fudge cake

From Nita S.:

After my mother passed away, my daddy gave me all her recipes with the comment that "you come from a long line of good cooks." How I wish that talent had passed on to me! But here is one of my favorites of my mother's recipes.

We were a family that loved desserts. I remember holiday get-togethers where there would be one whole table just for desserts. Pies, cakes, candy, cookies, all piled high and my cousins and I couldn't wait to dive in.

Back then, the women served while the men ate and all us kids had our own table (a card table) in another room . Once the men were served then the ladies could sit down and enjoy their meal. It was nothing for the meal to last for hours while all lingered to talk and enjoy their dessert.

Mississippi Fudge Cake
2 sticks margarine, melted
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup pecans, chopped

Mix margarine, sugar and eggs. Add flour and cocoa; mix. Pour into oblong baking pan or dish. Sprinkle pecans over top. Bake 25 minutes in preheated 325F oven. When cake tests done, remove and add 1 package miniature marshmallows on top. Bake another 10 minutes, or until marshmallows are melted. Remove from oven and cool before slicing.

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Rich Sweet Potato Pie

rich sweet potato pie

From Nita S.:

My granny was a wonderful cook and hardly had any recipes written down. They were all in her head. This one was written for me when I was a young wife and had aspirations of following in her footsteps.

Not many people know about sweet potato pie anymore and most when you mention it sort of grimace. But I remember always looking forward to Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners because that’s when THE PIE was on the table.

Granny always let me put the marshmallows on top and back in the oven it would go so they could melt. I had to watch closely and call her right on time or they would burn . I can taste it now and I haven't had one in 40 years.

Granny's Rich Sweet Potato Pie
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sweet milk
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 ready-to-use pie shell

While potatoes are warm add brown sugar, butter and milk. Add whole eggs and beat thoroughly. Add vanilla, baking powder, spices and chopped nuts and mix well. Pour into pie shell and bake 10 minutes in oven preheated to 425F.

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