Boy, those sure sound French, don’t they? Of course they do, they’re the traditional dessert of Louisiana. They’re a form of fried doughnut that are soft to the touch and oh-so-tasty to the tongue. They aren’t all that fancy – just square pieces of dough that are deep-fried and then generously sprinkled (some might say buried) in confectioner’s sugar.
You use a little bit of yeast to puff up the dough, but all in all, things aren’t that complicated. Using oil to fry something is always a little step above what we normally do during the day, but you can handle it. I believe in you. As soon as these little guys are out of the oil, cover them in powdered sugar and serve before they get cool. They’re by far better warm than reheated.
Kansas – Frozen Custard
Frozen custard is really similar to ice cream, but the mixture isn’t exactly the same. With the addition of pasteurized egg yolks, you’re going to get a heavy, richer taste and a smoother texture. One of the best places to pick up some of this treat is Sheridan’s Frozen Custard in Kansas City.
There are tons of flavors you can try, as well as all the possible mix-ins you could want. It’s smooth, it’s creamy, and eggs have protein, right? Compared to other desserts, this option is practically a health food. For the ultimate treat, you can have it in a waffle cone. It’s bound to make your day better.
Kentucky – Bourbon Ball
There’s no doubt that Kentucky’s dessert would include another potent potable that it is famous for – bourbon. Grab a smooth, drinkable, not-too-expensive bottle of bourbon, some chopped nuts of your choice, confectioner’s sugar, butter, and chocolate – nothing else is needed. You just have to soak the nuts in bourbon overnight, mix the sugar and butter before folding in the already-soaked nuts, form them into balls.
And...refrigerate them overnight, and roll the balls in melted chocolate. Top with full nuts if you feel like it. So this is a simple dessert, but it apparently takes a couple of days. Just give yourself enough time, and you’ll have a powerful treat that adults and not kids should enjoy responsibly. They can be frozen for a long time, which means surprise guests will still get something tasty.
Maine – Blueberry Pie
Maine isn’t where most of the world’s blueberries come from, but it is one of the world’s top suppliers of wild blueberries. Those are different from cultivated blueberries – the difference is that wild blueberries are smaller, sweeter, and tarter. Yes, somehow they are both sweeter AND tarter.
Because of this fact, the most well-known dessert from Maine is blueberry pie, a dessert that is enjoyed all over the United States...but have you ever had it made from wild blueberries? That’s the real draw. Making blueberry pie is so easy that a monkey could make it – even if you aren’t interested in getting a pie crust from the store, homemade pie crust really isn’t that hard. It’s, like, four things: sugar, vegetable shortening, flour, and ice water. Pretty simple.
Maryland – Smith Island Cake
Beginning in 2008, Smith Island Cake became the official dessert of the state of Maryland, and rightly so. Smith Island, reachable only by boat, was the state’s last inhabited island, approximately ninety-five miles south of Baltimore. The cake is simple: Eight to ten layers of yellow cake, with each layer boasting a layer of chocolate frosting betwixt.
In addition, the entire thing is covered in even more chocolate frosting. Simple, yes, but it really does not sound like it would be fun to make. There are a number of variations, such as red velvet Smith Island cake or chocolate Smith Island cake, but the general formation of the dessert remains the same. Yellow cake and chocolate frosting isn’t hard, but it still seems like it would take up some man hours.