Annual Thanksgiving Potluck, 2011 Edition

Every year my sister M throws a Thanksgiving potluck.  She’s been doing it for quite some time now; she and Antony started the tradition back when they were in university.  M does the turkey, and Antony does the stuffing (and both are very good at their jobs.)  The party is always great fun, and this year was no exception.  M made a 16 pound turkey (!) with herb butter, and Antony made a beef and lamb meat stuffing.  The spread at the party was very impressive and very tasty-there were vegetables, potatoes, bread, and desserts.  The drink of the night was Kir Royale: champagne with blackcurrant liquor.  It was tasty and pretty!  M also made a plum torte for dessert, and I’m sharing the recipe she used from The New York Times.

  

Turkey-before & after.

Drink of the night-Kir Royale.

The beautiful turkey-carved and plated by Ian.

        

Cookies and plum torte (and a caramel apple torte in the background.)

Plum Torte

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 24 halves pitted purple plums
  • sugar and cinnamon for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cream sugar and butter.  Add flour, baking powder, salt, and eggs.  Beat well.  Spoon batter into a springform pan (use an 8, 9, or 10 inch round pan.)  Place the plum halves skin side up on the top.  Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top.  Bake for 40-50 minutes.  Best served warm; serve with plain yogurt or ice cream.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

EM

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Posted on October 11, 2011, in Recipes and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. i will try this plum torte looks delicious. E

  2. Great job for Thanksgiving, wow amazing food.

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