For The Help, I stated on the invite to bring a Southern-inspired dish. Well, I thought it was funny a couple girls asked me for ideas and I'm from NJ! I just used good old Google! I made a Pear Almond Torte (recipe below) and Cream Cheese Pound Cake (recipe post here):
Of course the book club on The Help wouldn't be complete without Chocolate Pie! Thanks to Marcy:
Audrey brought Corn Bread Muffins:
Katie brought Snicker doodles with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Icing:
My mother in law Leona brought Ham Peach Pecan Bake:
I wasn't able to get pictures of Jen's Hash Brown Casserole or Courtney's Pumpkin Cake, but both were fabulous! Without a doubt, the highlight of the evening was Jen's Cupcake Bouquet:
Seriously, how beautiful is that? I think Jen got offended because no one came in the room with a cupcake on their plate, but we didn't want to eat it, it was too pretty!
Overall we had so much fun talking about The Help as well as any other topic that came up. I highly recommend either starting a book club or joining one, they are so fun! Book clubs definitely open you up to reading new books, meeting new people, as well as trying new cuisines, etc.
Pear Almond Torte
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar, divided
1 cup flour
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 fresh pears (1-1/4 lb.), peeled, sliced
1/4 cup Sliced almonds
- Heat oven to 425°F.
- Beat butter and 1/3 cup sugar in small bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour; mix well. Press onto bottom and 1 inch up side of 9-inch springform pan.
- Beat cream cheese and 1/3 cup of the remaining sugar in same bowl with mixer until well blended. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Spread onto bottom of crust. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon. Add to pears in large bowl; toss to coat. Arrange over cream cheese layer; top with nuts. Bake 10 min.
- Reduce temperature to 375°F; bake torte 25 min. or until center is set. Cool completely. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen torte. Remove rim. Refrigerate torte 3 hours.