Homemade Marshmallow S’mores Presley

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My cousin Dale recently catered an event where his clients were HUGE Elvis Presley fans, and ever the BOSS, Dale chose to make the dessert for that party a throwback to Elvis. And OMG I might have died a little when I saw this delicousness on facebook! Of course after I asked him for his assembly directions and permission to use his image, I set to work to copy cat and make these. I was NOT disappointed!  I used some of the homemade marshmallows I had made a couple weeks back and well, all I can tell you is you have GOT to try these!… 

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Orange Candied Pecans

Here in the South, we’re blessed with wonderful goodness like fresh veggies, fruits  (oh the peaches in summertime!) and nuts! Lots of Nuts. We have acres and acres allotted to pecan groves when the property isn’t relegated to peaches, so its only natural (to me at least) that the favorite ingredient in Southern desserts comes down to  pecans!

 

 

We always seemed to have plenty of nuts of all kinds available during the fall and winter. Daddy was forever coming home from the farmers market with big white bags holding all sorts of nuts that weren’t grown locally. I developed, at an early age a love of things like hazelnuts, black walnuts, hickory nuts and more.  Granny would always have  fresh pecans in abundance for all of her baking and cookie making. And she always cracked a few just for us kids to taste.  Occassionally, she’d crack a pound or so and clean them well then  toast them ever so lightly in a little melted butter. What a treat, warm from the oven!

My Aunt Betty, famous for all of her desserts and goodies during the holidays, would make wonderful glazed pecans crusted with egg whites and sugar. So this recipe for Orange Candied Pecans came into being as a bit of a departure from our family traditions but one that is loved dearly by all to this day.  As with all Southern recipes  the list of ingredients is simple and straight forward. You’ll notice most Southern recipes have short lists of ingredients, and the shorter the list the higher the quality of ingredients must be used. Pecans are the star here, but use the finest organic ingredients you can find. This recipe is splendidly simple, and just perfect for holiday parties and snacks!

 

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Orange Candied Pecans
 
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Vintage Southern Flavor Perfect for Parties or Snacking!
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Recipe type: Sweets/Desserts
Cuisine: Southern
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 scant cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 lb. Diamond Pecan Halves, shelled
  • Rind of 1 orange, grated
Instructions
  1. Place Pecan halves into large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix lightly with orange rind.
  3. Cook sugar, milk and vinegar at medium heat until syrup forms a soft ball when dropped in cold water. (watch and stir carefully 15-20 minutes is my experience)
  4. Remove from heat and pour over pecans and rind.
  5. Beat the mixture until it begins to sugar(crystallize) and quickly pour on waxed paper lined cookie sheet spreading out carefully (mixture is HOT).
  6. Separate nuts with two forks when candy has cooled.
Notes

Candy making is affected by the weather. It is impossible to make good hard candies in a moist, hot atmosphere. They become sticky, then sugary. So make these on a cool, dry day.

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, bring to room temp before serving.

 

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Uncle Louie’s “Black Jack” Whiskey Balls Recipe

“Uncle Louie” loved the holidays! He loved the bird, the dressing , the Italian sausage and most of all he loved the goodies. These were one of his favorites he requested every year. These pack a ‘punch’ but the flavor mellows over time. Similar to Rum Balls, Uncle Louie’s “Black Jack” Whiskey Balls Recipe is just the thing to bring a bit of the South to your holidays!

 

Uncle Louie’s “Black Jack” Wiskey Balls
 
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A Holiday Favorite
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Recipe type: Sweets
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 36
Ingredients
  • 3 cups finely crushed Biscoff ® Cookies vanilla wafers work just fine
  • 1½ cups Confectioners Sugar reserve ½ cup for garnish
  • 1½ cups Hershey ® Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Pecans chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons Simple Syrup recipe follows
  • ½ cup Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Wiskey
Instructions
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir in Simple Syrup until well mixed, then stir in the Jack Daniels®Wiskey.
  2. Shape into small balls (about 1 inch) and roll in reserved powdered sugar.
  3. Store in airtight container using waxed paper or parchment between layers.
Notes

Store for a minimum of 1 week before serving.

 

Simple Syrup
 
Sugar Syrup used in Beverages and Desserts
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Recipe type: Sweets
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
Instructions
  1. Bring the water to a boil
  2. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly.
  3. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. (Note: Do not allow the syrup to boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick.)
  4. Allow to cool completely and thicken, then bottle and stopper.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to use , then bring to room temp.
Notes

*Adding a tablespoon of plain vodka to the bottle and giving it a lite shake will increase the shelf life of your syrup.

Super Simple Caramel Apple Recipe

Long a Southern Favorite, caramel apples are a just right treat for fall! This super simple caramel apple recipe is one sure to please everyone.

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Super Simple Caramel Apple Recipe
 
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Fall treat, easy to make.
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Recipe type: Sweets
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 fresh apples -washed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 14 oz individually wrapped Caramel Candy -unwrapped
  • 6 magnolia branches or popsicle sticks
Instructions
  1. Wash apples and remove the stems.
  2. Insert wooden sticks ¾ of the way into the stem end of each apple.
  3. Set aside while you cook the caramel dip.
  4. Combine caramels and water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring often, until caramel melts and is smooth.
  5. Stir in vanilla extract.
  6. Dip each apple into the caramel and gently run apples around insides of saucepan coat evenly. Or drizzle each apple with the caramel mixture.
  7. Smooth excess caramel from the apple bottoms using the side of the saucepan.
  8. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and chill until ready to serve. (about 15 minutes or until firm)
Notes
Magnolia branches are food safe, wash them first then whittle one end to insert into apples. Be Sure to choose branches that are sturdy

Southern Pralines

Typical southern sweets like these Southern Pecan Pralines grace almost every southern household during the holdiays.  They’re not terribly difficult to make and you can change the flavor a bit by adding a little almond extract in place of some of the vanilla. But they’re yummy, creamy and rich!

I make these every year. (let the sisters in-law make the divinity and fudge!)

note:  Don’t create any unnecessary humidity in your kitchen while you’re making these!

Don’t turn on the dishwasher or cook pasta or boil water for anything.. Remember the rules for making fudge..same go here!

Also, invest the $4.50 in a candy thermometer you can get it at Walmart, you’ll be making these again!
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