Explore the recipes and history behind an array of sweet treats from the Sugar State with help from the author of Classic Eateries of Cajun Country.
Louisiana is famous for its culinary delights, and the state’s rich medley of treats and confections proves its sweet tooth. Creative bakers improvised traditional recipes during days of rationing to create gateau de sirop (syrup cake) and bread pudding. Early customers of Lea’s Lunchroom’s pies in central Louisiana included outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, who dropped by while they were on the run. During the 1950s, singers Hank Williams Sr. and Elvis Presley hung out at Shreveport’s Southern Maid Donuts after performing at the popular Louisiana Hayride country music broadcast. Author Dixie Poché dives into the recipes and history behind such beloved regional specialties as Mardi Gras king cake, flaming Bananas Foster, Cajun Country’s pain perdu and many more.“Desserts Past, Present, and Future are the stars of Dixie Poché’s new book, Louisiana Sweets: King Cakes, Bread Pudding, and Sweet Dough Pie. The Lafayette-based travel writer gets rather Dickensian (but trade that tacky soot for powdered sugar) as she lays outs a picture of the state’s love affair with sweets through history, anecdotes, recipes, restaurant profiles, and more.” —Country Roads Magazine