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Old 09-08-2017, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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We belong to a bi-monthly dinner group where dinner is based on a theme (usually ethnic) and everyone brings a course for the meal.

I like to cook. I'm reasonably good at cooking. Baking? I hate it and I suck at it.

I have flown under the radar for making desert for this dinner for 5 years with one exception (Thai night - I volunteered for desert knowing damn well I could just make mango and sticky rice. That's NOT baking).

The group finally caught up with my 'deception' and assigned me to make desert for a Southern Theme dinner.

HELP? Please remember - I'm missing the 'green thumb' for baking as well as many of the necessary equipment (unless it's a sous vide, instant pot, crock pot. . .)
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:09 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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Banana pudding could hardly be easier. It's assembling, not baking. I would use real whipped cream instead of Cool-Whip.

Easy Southern Banana Pudding - Kraft Recipes

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Old 09-08-2017, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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make a peach pie, it's easy and you can buy those ready made pie crusts.
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:19 PM
 
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Now's a good time for peach cobbler. There are a number of ways you can do this all the way from easy - dump peaches into a buttered cake pan, top with a dry ingredients from a yellow cake mix and drizzle with a stick of melted butter - to more sophisticated. That would be making your own biscuit type topping by incorporating butter with dry ingredients and dropping by a spoon into bubbling peaches.


For other ideas here's a guide to one person's ideas of the five best southern cooking sites:


Best Websites with Southern Cooking Recipes - High Five Sites


And, politics be darned, Paula Deen's site has some good recipes too.


Good luck!
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:27 PM
 
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We belong to a bi-monthly dinner group where dinner is based on a theme (usually ethnic) and everyone brings a course for the meal.

I like to cook. I'm reasonably good at cooking. Baking? I hate it and I suck at it.

I have flown under the radar for making desert for this dinner for 5 years with one exception (Thai night - I volunteered for desert knowing damn well I could just make mango and sticky rice. That's NOT baking).

The group finally caught up with my 'deception' and assigned me to make desert for a Southern Theme dinner.

HELP? Please remember - I'm missing the 'green thumb' for baking as well as many of the necessary equipment (unless it's a sous vide, instant pot, crock pot. . .)
Bless your heart, you have come to the right place.

I like the Banana Pudding idea but this is my favorite recipe: Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding Recipe | Paula Deen | Food Network

OR you can do a trifle:

Berry Trifle: Food Network Recipe | Tyler Florence | Food Network

Or you can bake a Pound Cake.

Crunchy Top Pound Cake

6 eggs
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
3 cups sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whipping cream (also known as Heavy Cream)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
Grease and flour tube (or bundt) pan and set out eggs and butter to allow them to come to room temperature.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. Sift the flour and add it to the creamed mixture alternately with the whipping cream. Mix until fully incorporated.
Stir in the vanilla.
Pour into prepared pan and place in a cold oven. Turn the oven to 300 and bake for 80-90 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before removing from pan.

Super easy! Have fun and wow them!
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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Pecan pie is pretty simple and definitely southern.
You can even buy a premade and crimped frozen pie crust..

https://www.crazyforcrust.com/easy-classic-pecan-pie/
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Old 09-08-2017, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding

ALWAYS a hit at pot lucks, family reunions, office meetings, anywhere I want to take it, down here.

  • 1 (12 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (5 oz) box instant French vanilla pudding mix
  • 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
  • 2 bags chessmen cookies
  • 1 Tablespoon dark rum or to taste (I tend to use 3 or 4 Tablespoons, myself)
Line the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.

In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer.

Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth.

Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.

Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended.

Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Old 09-08-2017, 09:38 PM
 
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Ambrosia. Or just buy a box of Goo-Goos.
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Old 09-09-2017, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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My 1st thought was banana pudding as well!!! No baking. Ambrosia was a great idea too.. although you might get some side-eye on that one.
let us know how it turns out though!!
Good Luck.
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Old 09-09-2017, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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No dessert is more southern than pecan pie!

Use the Pilsbury pie crust in the red box.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/18471/pecan-pie-iv/
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