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  • Gingerbread Dreams

    As soon as fall weather hit growing up, my grandma would begin turning out these incredible Autumnal desserts...  Spice cake with homemade caramel frosting (I can still smell that frosting- a recipe I've yet to locate), fried apple pies, butterscotch meringue pie, Italian Creme cake.  All of these were so laborous and time consuming that on occasion she needed a break.

    Mamaw's answer to the "casual" fall dessert was gingerbread.  Duncan-Hines cake mix, straight out of the box and into the pan, served with a dollop of marshmallow creme and topped with a marachino cherry.  

    Personally, I'm not a fan of the plain, ol' marachino, so I opt for bourbon-soaked cherries from Woodford Reserve, but the jiffy-puff mallow cream is a staple.  Feel free to have the mallow cream directly out of the jar, or place your cake slice under the broiler for a few moments to toast...  Bonus: your house will smell like campfire-roasted s'mores for a few hours afterwards!

    Enjoy, friends, and keep celebrating Fall! Surely, the cooler weather will arrive if we beckon it enough!

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    ** photos by Kyle Lueken **