Do You and Your Girlfriends Have Georgia On Your Minds?
You say you’re planning a girlfriend's getaway to Georgia? Great choice! Once there, you and your group are likely to experience some Southern hospitality. But besides their stereotypical good manners and warm approach, you’ll also be in the state known for its palate-pleasing things like:
- Vidalia onion | Their state veggie, originally grown by mistake.
- Pecans | They’re the leading producer in the U.S.
- Peach | Their state fruit (Slightly different from the other “Georgia Peach”—baseball player, Ty Cobb.)
- Fruitcake | Claxton is home to two major bakeries that produce more than 4 million pounds of it a year.
- Peanuts | Just like pecans, GA is the leading producer in the U.S.
- Coca-Cola | Invented, and headquartered in Atlanta.
For us, we saw this recipe and decided that we’d choose something pecan-y. A twist on an all-time favorite is this treat, Pecan Pie Cobbler.
Ingredients for 15 | Multiply by degree of hunger, divide by number of girlfriends!
2 hr 15 mns
- 2 rolled refrigerated pie crusts
- 2 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, melted + 1 tablespoon
- 2 1/2 cups light corn syrup
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 eggs, beaten lightly
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
Preheat oven to 425º (You’ll lower to 350º after baking the first layer).
Roll out one pie crust into a rectangular shape.
Add the brown sugar, melted butter, corn syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract to a large bowl. Mix well.
Add the 2 cups of chopped pecans and mix well.
Pour half the mixture over the pie crust.
Roll out the second pie crust and place on top of the mixture.
Brush or spoon the tablespoon of melted butter over the crust and bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 350º.
Stir the remainder of the pecan pie mixture over the cooked crust.
Add the 1 1/2 cups of pecan halves to the top of the cobbler.
Bake again for 30 minutes. Allow the cobbler to cool for at least one hour before serving.
Looking for a place to gather with girlfriends for a meal when in Atlanta or Helen? Here are a couple of great options when planning your next girlfriend gathering:
- The Optimist | Though Atlanta is roughly 270 miles from the nearest oceanside, you can still get a seaside camp experience at The Optimist. You and your group can enjoy fresh oysters from Alabama, sea scallops from Maine, or whole roasted trout from Georgia. No matter what you choose, it’ll be high-quality, sustainable seafood from the best suppliers. Our choice is the Grouper with polenta, heirloom tomato, okra, and andouille gravy.
- Old Bavarian Inn | If you and your group are in Helen and looking for something quaint that serves German specialties, plan a meal at the Old Bavarian Inn. Past visitors agree that it’s a restaurant worth visiting, both for its food and atmosphere. We think all of the menu options look exceptional, but our choice will be the Wurst sausage platter with bratwurst (pork), Weisswurst (pork and veal), knockwurst (beef and pork), and Hungarian brat (pork with Hungarian seasonings), served with red cabbage, sauerkraut and homemade German potato salad.
We’re looking forward to this southern excursion!
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