Classic Southern Jezebel Sauce…

A54C6890-9746-4AA3-B5BE-188C55748E6FSome of our most beloved Southern Sauces are as smooth as satin, others are cool as seersucker on a summer day. Then- there are Southern Sauces that are as hot as the devil’s back doorknob! Now, I’m not talking hot sauce in a shaker bottle- there’s one Classic Southern Sauce which stands out from the rest- it’s so mysteriously heated- who knows the original might have been conjured up in black cauldrons amongst gnarled roots in a swamp!  If you look for any recipe for Jezebel Sauce– It hides out in the delicate pages of Junior League cookbooks from sea soaked southern cities, Charleston to Savannah, Mobile and all the way over to New Orleans.

She’s mean as the devil – deceptively sweet with a murderous combination of horseradish and dry mustard that hits every tastebud in its wake.’  Yes, that’s Jezebel Sauce alright!

This Classic Southern Hot Sauce is so scandalous that genteel southern ladies have refused to even call it by wicked name of Jezebel. Disguised with gentle names like ‘Mustard Sauce for Ham’ or ‘Miss Lida’s Wild Boar Sauce’, the recipes rarely call it Jezebel Sauce! Well, I’m here to name names darlin’ and I’m gonna give you the basic recipe. I will repeat this again- just don’t be fooled by it’s sweet mild looks- it’s got a real kick!E94FBF25-C6A7-4BD4-A1D8-189947C3CCE0

Just know that any southern cook worth her salt will either have a change of heart, decide it needs a bit of this or that- and not even have the decency to tell you the precise measurements! If you ask me, they’re real Jezebels! Now, if you think that’s awful, try looking for Classic Southern Jezebel in modern cookbooks! This killer sauce might go by different or more suitable names for public consumption but don’t be fooled!  And please remember this is a not a mild mannered sauce! Here’s how you make –

Classic Southern Jezebel Sauce

  • 18 ounces of Apple Jelly
  • 18 ounces of Pineapple Preserves
  • 1 small can of Dry Mustard ( I use Coleman’s)
  • 1 small jar of prepared Horseradish
  • 1 Tablespoon Of Fresh Cracked Pepper (or less)

Combine all ingredients until blended well. Put in pint jars tightly sealed. Refrigerate. * Keeps indefinitely.

Please note: You must use dry mustard, not that yellow stuff for hot dogs! Even our own recipe is not precise… I have used 12 ounces of pineapple preserves and 6 ounces of apricot preserves.  Now, don’t go using  horseradish sauce, use prepared horseradish found in the chilled section of your seafood market with the grated texture you’re looking for and higher flavor.

Part of the fun of Jezebel Sauce is watching folks eat it for the first time- they taste the sweetness, then the heat of it moves all the way up- raises the eyebrows, then you’ll hear the whoosh of a sigh as it singes moustaches and often causes watering eyes! Don’t worry, they’ll survive… It’s hot but pleasantly so! And you can always adjust the black pepper! Hysterical.  Most recipes say-  ‘Cracked Pepper to taste.’ Really? After a full jar of horseradish and half a can of hot dry mustard,  you’re feeling guilty about the amount of black pepper? Shut the door, keep out the devil!

48879F4D-C997-4E29-A46C-8B731D762A9FI’m still convinced  Jezebel Sauce was originally made in cauldrons among the roots in a murky swamp! It could be true. Looks right at home to me…What about that killer phrase?  ‘Keeps indefinitely.’ Yet, it really does! Kept chilled there’s no worry and it’s so delicious, you won’t keep it long!

So…what does Jezebel Sauce go with? it’s great with-

  • Ham, Roast Pork, Beef or Wild Game.
  • It would be amazing to baste a ham with Jezebel Sauce before baking!
  • Some say it’s wonderful on black eyed peas.
  • Others serve it on Cocktail Buffets over a block of cream cheese.
  • Jezebel Sauce is a teaser on thimble size Sausage Biscuits or a sliver of ham in a soft tiny yeast roll for Brunch.
  • You might also recognize a similar sauce in a milder form served with Coconut Shrimp. Turn the heat up and this Jezebel is deceptively good as a dipping sauce for  fried chicken, and of course with fried fish and seafood of all types!

Jezebel Sauce is a Classic Southern Hot Sauce which is great for gift giving and always unforgettable. Our recipe makes a full quart- so there’s plenty to share. It’s one of those Southern recipes that’s a true secret sauce. You really need to try it at least once in your life. An easy no-cook mixture and a truly memorable Classic Southern Hot Sauce. Oh me! Talking about Jezebel has me feeling a bit guilty myself!

Love y’all, Camellia

* This is not a compensated post. And! All photographs are obviously mine! This post was derived from a blog post we did several years ago- it has been edited and updated a bit- enjoy! * Jezebel was a wicked queen found in the Old Testament just in case you needed a reminder!


Gingerbread Crumb Cake…

979F3B79-29CF-4F3A-8B79-549CC9011D98 I have lots of recipes scribbled on lined paper- I’m never sure where I found these recipes or why I’ve kept them… I ran across this one called -Gingerbread Crumb Cake. To be honest it isn’t  as dark as a true gingerbread. Still. It does have warm gingerbread spices- as it bakes, the scents wafting through the house bring holiday cheer.  This Crumb Cake is a standout for the holidays. It doesn’t hurt that it’s easy to make, keeps well and best of all is great for drop in company or gift giving. Gingerbread Crumb Cake really doesn’t call for extra special ingredients, so you can whip one up when the notion strikes!

56C8BF38-4859-4FA7-B5AC-7E0C6D1E1873True Gingerbread has been around a long time… Crumb Cakes are more recent- I call them mid-century recipes, yet most likely Crumb Cakes were made long before the World Wars made it necessary to ration Butter, and Butter this Gingerbread Crumb Cake does require- no substitutes will do! For Breakfast or Brunch or even as a simple Dessert, it may look humble though the flavor and aroma distinctly says- Winter Holidays . The distinction of the Spice Mixture for Gingerbread Crumb Cake is the surprise pinch of Black Pepper along with traditional Gingerbread Spices. The method is also distinct- a Buttery Crumb Mixture is sprinkled on the Bottom of the baking dish, the batter is spread over it; then the remaining generous crumb topping covers the top of this small cake; making for an especially good Coffee Cake. It bakes in less than an hour, with very little clean up. 666185B5-3E08-4798-BF54-14193C8E84DB

You’ll want to pour a cup of coffee, cut a warm buttery square and enjoy while you’re making your list and checking it twice!

Camellia’s Gingerbread Crumb Cake 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Butter an 8×8 Baking Dish.
  • Measure spices into a small bowl-
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon Freshly grated Nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger and 1/2 teaspoon finely ground Black Pepper
  • Set aside Spice Mixture.

  • Mix 2 1/2 cups AP Flour with  2 1/2 cups Sugar,
  • Cut into Flour/ Sugar- 1 cup (2 sticks) of  chilled Salted Butter until crumbly.  (Southern recipes tend to call for salted- if you use unsalted add a pinch of Salt.)
  • Reserve 1 full cup of this mixture for Crumb Topping (and bottom of the pan).
  • To the rest of the flour, sugar and butter mixture- add spices, blending very well.
  • Add 1 Beaten Egg- to the mixture. This will be a stiff dough, so…
  • In a liquid measure, add 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda, then  add 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of Whole Milk. Mix well.
  • Add milk mixture carefully to flour/ butter/spice mixture. *Use a light hand with this step. Combine- Do Not Beat.

  • Put 1/3 cup of Reserved Crumb Mixture on the bottom of a Buttered 8×8 Glass Baking Dish, reserving 2/3 cup for Topping.
  • Spread or spoon spiced cake batter evenly over crumb mixture.
  • Top with the remaining 2/3 cup of reserved crumb mixture.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting.
  • Wonderful served plain. *My notes also suggest Gingerbread Crumb Cake is good with a dollop of Lemon Curd. Yield 9 generous squares.

Gingerbread Crumb Cake

Holiday Tip: Food Gifts are always welcome, I think a Coffee Cake is a welcome holiday morning gift! Gingerbread Crumb Cake is easy to transport and would be a nice addition to any Coffee or Brunch. Also, a nice touch would be- to set up Coffee, Tea and Juices separately so that guests can serve the beverages themselves. The Hostess may want to cut the Gingerbread Crumb Cake ahead of time, then serve on individual Dessert Plates. 436EA54B-24BC-42EE-BF99-29E3C10992F2

Brunch is a wonderful casual way to Entertain, I’m thinking Gingerbread Crumb Cake may become a Winter Favorite here at the Cottage as we move on into the New Year, warm satisfying and delicious!

Love y’all, Camellia

*photographs are obviously mine! *AP flour is all purpose flour * you may substitute buttermilk for the whole milk- however the apple cider vinegar does add a subtle tangy flavor.