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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ma Ferguson's Pecan Cream Pie

Miriam Amanda Wallace (1875-1961) was born into a family rich in Texas land and cattle. She married wealthy James Ferguson, who became governor of Texas in 1914. During his second term, he was convicted of irregularities and imprisoned. M.A. Ferguson (her name shortened to Ma by the press) was elected governor in 1924 and again in 1932. She pardoned her husband and hundreds of other prisoners. Reviews are mixed, but she left her mark on Texas politics.
Here is her pie recipe:
Ma Ferguson's Pecan Cream Pie
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tbs. flour
2 eggs, separated, using whites for topping
1 cup milk
1 tbs. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1 baked 9 inch pie crust
1/4 cup sugar
14 tsp. vanilla
2 tbs. finely chopped pecans
Combine sugar, pecans, and flour in a heavy saucepan; stir well. Combine egg yolks and milk in a mixing bowl, mix well.
Gradually add milk mixture to pecan mixture, stirring until well blended. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat: add butter, and 2 tbs. vanilla, stirring until butter melts. Pour into pastry shell.
Beat egg whites (at room temp) until foamy. Add 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks from. Beat in 1/4 tsp/ vanilla. Spread meringue over top of pie filling, making sure edges are sealed. Sprinkle with pecans. Bake at 400.F for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool....ENJOY!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fall is just about here and it's time for all of those wonderful dishes with apples to fill our homes with the aroma of cinnamon and spices.
One of my favorite apple dishes is this rich, wonderful apple dumpling recipe. So good by itself or served with a scoop of ice cream.

Apple Dumplings

2 large Granny Smith apples

2 cans crescent rolls

2 sticks butte

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 tsp. vanilla


8 oz. Mountain Dew

Peel and core apples and slice each apple into 8 slices. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll and place in a 9x13 lightly greased baking dish. Melt butter, then add sugar and stir slightly, leaving the mixture grainy.Add vanilla, stir and our over apple crescents. Pour Mountain Dew around and down the center of rolls. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 F. for 40 minutes. Enjoy!