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post #1 of 6
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Hi Everyone,

 

My boss has an all day team meeting 28th November, and as 3 out of the 10 people in his team are American I wanted to bake something the night before as a special Thanksgiving treat for them (but it needs to be big enough for us all to share).

 

Are there any real traditional cake recipes that you could point me in the direction of please?

 

Thanks so much,

Goldi

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post #2 of 6

Goldi...American Thanksgiving is all about the pie altho a nice spice cake with raisins and toasted walnuts is a good stand in for that flavor profile most people are craving.

Check the Mc Cormick web site for my go to cake...it is a very forgiving recipe...I ALWAYS add in a couple of handfuls diced dried apples that have been soaked briefly in a bit of apple juice (soaked to keep that important wets and drys ratio in check).

We went formal a few years ago (usually have a potluck meal in our boots and jeans :smiles:) and my Tuxedo Cake, plated, looked spectacular (the Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather).

 

With such a diverse population you will see equally diverse holiday dishes...I have a handshake agreement with a neighbor...I let her pick all the Meyer lemons she wants and she makes extra tamales for my Tday table.

 

mimi

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Hi mimi,

 

Thanks for your suggestions, much appreciated. I'll check out that website.

 

Thanks :D

Goldi

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post #4 of 6

I agree with mimi, in the US it's about PIE!!

As to a cake recipe... I like ginger bread, the real stuff, in a loaf pan.

I have my great-grandmother's hand written recipe that I make every year, although it's more of a Christmas kinda thing, I like it as early as November.  It's wonderful warm with some freshly whipped cream!

post #5 of 6
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Thanks kanehoegirlinaz!

 

I'm thinking of making 2 pecan pies and sticking an American flag in the top of each, served with some double cream. Easy enough to do after work the night before.

 

I also looked at making an American Flag cake, which I quite like the thought of too, but I really I'd need more time than an evening after work to shove that together. Making the various sponge layers alone would take a few hours. I think I'll keep that one on the back burner for 4th July next year ;)

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post #6 of 6

Good choice G!

Nothing better than a blend of corn syrup, eggs, butter and nuts baked in a lard/butter shell!

My doc's office called 3 weeks ago to remind me that my yearly labs are due.

Why oh why do they do this right before the holidays?

Almost certain that a low fat diet will be ordered when she sees the results.

Will ignore until after Tday.

 

mimi

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