When you think of Tennessee, what comes to mind? The Smoky Mountains? Elvis Presley? Tennessee Whiskey? While all of those are iconic aspects of Tennessee, one thing that often gets overlooked is the state’s delicious sweet treats! In this blog post, we will explore some of Tennessee’s most famous sweets; where to buy or how to make them. Keep reading.
Tennessee’s only traditional bean-to bar chocolate maker, Olive & Sinclair, has recreated this classic southern candy experience with their stone ground bars that’s ready to impress every chocolate lover.. The flavors are truly unique and perfect for any occasion or flavor preference you may have! Also, interesting fact: it’s gluten free and diary free!
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4. BANANA CREAM PIE
Banana cream pie is the ultimate way to end your meal on a sweet note. The rich, heavenly flavor will have you coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds). The layers of banana and vanilla pudding will make you want to go back to Tennessee for sure.
Recipe from dinnerthedessert.com
Hands-On: 15 mins
Total: 1 hr 15 mins
Yield: Makes 8 servings
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the pie crust for 30 minutes then remove to cool
- Add the milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt to a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is bubbly.
- Keep stirring and cook for another 5-6 minutes before removing from the heat.
- Using a ¼ cup of the milk mixture which you’ve cooled in the fridge for two minutes, add the egg yolks to it and whisk to combine before adding it back into the rest of the milk mixture.
- Set the saucepan back on the stove on medium heat again and whisk for an additional 3-4 minutes until it’s totally smooth and thickened to a pudding consistency.
- Remove from the heat and add in the butter and vanilla whisking well.
- Add the banana slices to the bottom of the pie shell, cover with the pudding and press saran wrap onto the pie gently to avoid a skin from forming on top.
- Cool the pie completely in the fridge (3-4 hours) before topping with whipped cream and additional banana slices. To make the whipped cream add the powdered sugar to the heavy cream and beat until it forms medium peaks, about 1-2 minutes with a hand mixer.
3. TENNESSEE JAM BUNDT
The delicious, sweet taste of a Thanksgiving Jam Bundt cake is best enjoyed from that special family recipe box. It’s been passed down through generations and you’ll feel like one too when eating this amazing treat! If you’re planning to make this, be sure to allot time but it’s worth it!
Hands-On: 30 mins
Total: 4 hrs 30 mins
Yield: Makes 12 servings
Recipe from myrecipes.com
- Prepare Cake: Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 30 minutes). Reduce oven temperature to 325°.
- Beat granulated sugar and 1 cup butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
- Stir together flour and next 5 ingredients. Stir together buttermilk and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Add jam and vanilla, and beat just until blended. Stir in toasted pecans. Grease (with shortening) and flour a 10-inch (12-cup) Bundt pan. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake at 325° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours).
- Prepare Frosting: Bring brown sugar and next 2 ingredients to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly; boil, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. Gently stir 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture begins to cool and thicken. Immediately pour frosting over cooled cake.
2. REALITY BITES CUPCAKE
The Reality Bites tastes like a campfire scene, with toasted marshmallow meringue and chocolate ganache.
Where to buy: Ivey Cake
Ivey Cake is the dessert choice for your upcoming special events in Tennessee. The cupcakes, made by Ivey herself sold at her shop and through their website have been known to be a favorite among Carrie Underwood’s— she even had them catered in her wedding! Besides, this famous bakery was also featured in American Idol having a cupcake tower for Katy Perry. How lovely!
- MOON PIE
Made from two graham crackers with marshmallow filling and chocolate coating, Moon Pies originated in Chattanooga Bakery in Chattanooga, TN.
In the state of Tennessee, people have long held a special place in their hearts for Moon Pie. This sweet treat has been around since the early 1900s and is a popular snack in the southern U.S. It’s classic! There’s even an annual RC-Moon Pie Festival held in Bell Buckle, TN every year.
Where to buy: Moon Pie General Store
Well, if you’re a rockstar in the kitchen, why don’t you make your own Moon Pie?
Hands-On: 1 hr
Total: 12 mins
Yield: Makes 12 servings
Recipe from cookingbride.com
- In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, syrup, and vanilla until mixture is fluffy, about 1 minute.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, graham cracker crumbs, kosher salt, baking powder, baking soda, and ground cinnamon.
- With the mixer on low, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. In a slow, steady stream, add the milk. Continue to mix until the dough comes together and leave the side of the bowl.
- Turn dough out onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Flatten with the palm of your hand. Wrap the edges of the plastic wrap around the dough. Refrigerate for up to1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Turn chilled dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. You may need to let the dough sit a room temperature for 5-10 minutes to make it easier to work with. Roll the dough until it is ¼ inch thick. Cut out cookies using a 3-inch round cookie cutter. Place cookies on a prepared cookie sheet.
- Bake cookies 10-12 minutes. They will still be soft when you remove them from the oven. Allow cookies to cool 10-15 minutes until you can carefully transfer them to a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool completely before beginning the next step.
- Once your cookies have cooled, spoon approximately ¼ cup of marshmallow crème into the center of 12 cookies. Top marshmallow with a second cookie, then gently press down until the marshmallow just touches the edge. Place sandwiches on a cookie sheet and chill for at least 15 minutes.
- In the meantime, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl set over a small pan of boiling water. Once the chocolate has melted, remove pan from the heat and allow the chocolate to cool until it is still warm to the touch, but not longer hot. Slowly whisk in the oil.
- Using two forks, gently place once sandwich cookie into the warm chocolate. Turn until thoroughly coated. Then remove cookies to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Let cookies stand until chocolate shell has completely hardened.
So, which delicious dessert would you like to dream about today?