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If you’re planning on cooking this season, following are some handy holiday recipes to help.

It will soon be upon us, the week when loved ones gather together to offer thanks.  It’s no secret that food often takes center stage – during the holidays in general, and next week in particular.

In America we have this tendency to overdo things  –  case in point: the food at state fairs.  Hot Beef Sundae.  Fried Beer.  Mealworm-covered Caramel Apples.  Fried Butter.  (Yes, that was actually served at the Montana State Fair).

 

Tis the Season for Decadent Delights

 

Chances are you’ve heard of Turducken  –  a chicken, encased inside a duck, encased within a turkey.  Then the whole thing is cooked up as the ultimate poultry feast.

Well, creative and possibly slightly crazy baking minds have come up with the dessert equivalent.  It’s a mega-pie/cake extravaganza, billed as the “Turducken of Desserts.”

Actually, the official name is the Pumpecapple Piecake, and it comes from Three Brothers Bakery in Houston.  It weighs a whopping 23.5 pounds and fetches $250.  It’s big enough to feed an army or a neighborhood.  You’ll be a very popular person on the block.

It’s actually three pies within three cakes, all stacked on top of each other.  So in other words, it’s:

This isn’t one of those holiday recipes to try.  You’d just better go ahead and order one from them.  Here’s a link to do just that.  And don’t forget some Pepcid AC to go with it.

 

Pick up a Pecan Pie

 

If you’re looking to pick up a classic southern dessert in person, there’s a great gourmet option near the Isle of Palms.  Young Plantations has set up shop for the holidays.  From now through November 21st, they are having a pecan pie sale.  You can purchase a classic pecan pie for $11.95, or a chocolate version for $12.95.  That’s a bit more reasonable than the Pumpecapple Piecake.  And again, you don’t need to follow holiday recipes to get one; just take a quick drive instead.

They also sell all kinds of classic southern treats like cheese straws, fresh pecans, candies, gift boxes, tins and baskets that make a great souvenir from your stay in Charleston.

Their shop is located in Towne Centre, on the roundabout near Lowe’s.  The address is 1117 Market Center Blvd., Suite 100 in Mount Pleasant.  That’s just over the Connector from the Isle of Palms.

 

Cook up the big dinner yourself… with a couple holiday recipes from the chefs at Middleton Place Plantation:

Brined Turkey

 

Brandon Buck, Middleton Place Executive Chef

Pecan Bourbon & Apple Cider Turkey Brine 

For the roasting of the turkey

Begin by simmering your bourbon in a 6 qt or larger stockpot until the alcohol has burned out of the base liquor. Next add your apple cider, and bay leaves bringing that to a simmer. Next add your ¾ cup of kosher salt and ½ cup of light brown sugar then stir until dissolved. Finish by adding your thyme, sage, and black peppercorns. Allow the mixture to cool by placing in an ice water bath, and then pour the brine completely over the turkey in large bags or a plastic container.

Allow the turkey at least 6 hours, up to 12 hours, to be immersed in this brine. At the end of your time with the turkey in brine remove and pat dry with a clean paper towel. Finally rub with olive oil, season lightly with herbs, salt, and ground pepper and bake at 325 F in a roasting pan with 4 cups turkey or chicken stock , ¼ lb. unsalted butter, and your mirepoix. Baste every 15 minutes with this liquid until you reach an internal temperature of 165F. For a nice addition to your turkey if baking, brush with the Bourbon Sorghum glaze for the last 30 minutes of cooking once every 10 minutes

Bourbon Sorghum Glaze

 

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring and heat until dissolved. Brush on your turkey towards the end of cooking to form a nice golden brown skin doing so in 10 minute intervals.

 

Holiday recipes: A Classic Homemade Dessert…

Apple Pie

 

Courtney Simpson, Middleton Place Restaurant Pastry Chef

Pie Dough

 

Mix flour and salt in bowl of mixer. Slowly add butter to flour while mixer is on slow/medium speed. Mix until butter cubes are about pea sized. Slowly add water a little at a time until a dough ball forms. You may not use all the water. You are looking for a drier dough. Divide dough in half and wrap each half. Allow dough to chill and rest at least 20 minutes. Roll out each dough half to a circular shape. Line pie pan with one of the halves and allow dough to hang over the pans edge about an inch. Trim if needed. Save the other rolled out half for the top. Place dough in the refrigerator while you are preparing the filling to allow dough to firm up.

Apple Filling

 

 

It’s a lovely time of the year to be in Charleston.  Just call us at Exclusive Properties and we’ll put you and your loved ones in the perfect beach house Charleston.

And remember to count your blessings, count them one by one.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger