Molasses is a staple in the south – we use molasses for everything.
It seemed like everybody’s grandmother made Molasses Pudding and it was always a treat. In some parts of the country, it might be called Molasses Cake, but southerners call it Molasses Pudding. Once you add the Bourbon Sauce, it does seem more like a pudding.
Friend Nancy and I set out to recreate this old-fashioned southern recipe and we did it! We added the Bourbon Pecan Sauce to spice it up. Southerners love molasses and use it everywhere.
There has been much written about the medicinal uses of molasses. You can read about treating hemorrhoids on the Peoples Pharmacy. Old folks used it for everything.
When my mother was a child, they made their own molasses and the process is fascinating. Melvin Price from Jamesville, NC, still makes molasses and I took a video of making molasses. Lucy (the mule) is certainly the star of this video.
The music in this video is by Molasses Creek, a great string group from Ocracoke Island, part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Molasses is a real southern treat and it is good for you. I can’t wait to make some old-time biscuits with lard and smear them with homemade butter and molasses. Give this recipe a try-it is a good thing to make for a crowd and they will love you.
- ½ cup dark raisins
- ¼ cup Bourbon
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 small egg (if doubling recipe use 1 large egg)
- 4 Tablespoons (½ stick) butter) melted
- ¼ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) butter
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons cream
- 1/3 cup Bourbon
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- Grease a 1½ quart glass baking dish using something like Baker's Secret cooking spray
- In a small saucepan on low heat add the butter, Bourbon, brown and white sugars, cream, Bourbon and salt. Heat on low until all is dissolved. Continue to keep warm and add chopped pecans. Pour over each piece of Molasses Pudding.
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