Poke cakes are so great to make because the entire family can get involved. There is something about a sheet cake that makes it much more achievable for baking with little boys. Right now my preschooler, the Monkey, loves to “help” whenever I decide to cook, so I try to pick recipes that help won’t mess up. The Mellow Man loves pie, more than cake, and his favorite is Key Lime Pie, so I decided to make Key Lime Poke Cake. The recipe is originally from Betty Crocker, but I decided that I wanted to change things up a bit. It ended up being amazing. It tastes exactly like Key Lime Pie, but with a cake base. I was so impressed by the poke cake that I couldn’t wait to share it!
Today I’m going to share with you the best, the very best Southern Pecan Pie recipe. However, I have a confession to make– I don’t actually make this pie. Mellow Man does. For some reason, I’m not terribly good with baking pies. They are a bit of a challenge for me. I do better with a graham cracker crust, and frozen or creamy pies. I’m not sure why. Mellow Man makes me at least one pecan pie every year, and we haven’t always stuck with the same recipe. However, after many taste tests, I know the recipe that I love best, so he sticks with that one. Now, this recipe turns out to be the perfect Southern pecan pie– the texture and taste are exactly what you are looking for. It’s ooey, and gooey, and so sweet. I promise that when you are done making it, you’ll agree that it’s the best Southern Pecan Pie recipe out there.
When I lived in New England, I loved apple picking and choosing from all of the wonderful varieties. In fact, it was something that I got to do in September. Baked apples don’t seem so suited to September in the South. Actually, in Georgia, it seems like the orchards don’t have the same selection. (Luckily, we do have a great collection of peach choices.) In Connecticut, during college, I used to go to the orchard with friends, and we’d bake apple crisp at the house of the person with a oven. I guess I need to track down that recipe! (In fact, I’ve emailed the recipe holder because he also had an amazing Goulash recipe.) While this super easy, slow cooker baked apples certainly isn’t his apple crisp, it does bring back those flavors of New England. It’s also such an easy dinner to make for guests because it takes only a few minutes to prepare, and looks impressive on the dinner table!
In our house, we eat a lot of gluten, but I know that’s not always the case. I remember the first time I even heard the word gluten– it was about 8 years ago. I met this lovely, delicate women at a party, and she wasn’t eating much because she told me that she had Celiac disease. She explained how sick eating glutens made her, and how difficult it was to find foods that were truly gluten free. Shortly after meeting her, I met two other women with Celiac Disease, and I saw how challenging it was for them to find good foods to eat. Times have changed, and so many products are gluten free now. Right now, many of your favorite General Mills cereals are now gluten free– like Honey Nut and Chocolate Cheerios (as well as Lucky Charms!), and you can pick them up at Publix (my favorite grocery store). Besides being gluten free, Cheerios are also an incredible versatile food for snacking and baking needs, and if you are looking for a gluten free equivalent for a graham cracker crust, try this Honey Nut Cheerio Crust and filling to making a completely Gluten Free Vanilla Cream Pie! Not only is it gluten free, it’s also No Bake!