Recipes Inspired by The Help for a Summer Book Club Meeting

July 1, 2011 Katja Presnal

pineapple cake recipe

The book that everyone is talking about, The Help, is coming out as a movie on August 10th. Host a summer soiree inspired by The Help, or a book club meeting with pies and cocktails inspired by the book.

The Help Inspired Helpful Book Club Kit

DreamWorks Pictures has created an awesome “Helpful Book Club Kit” which contains everything you need to create a perfect The Help themed meeting for your club! The Book Club Kit includes southern style recipes, drinks inspired by the characters, discussion group questions and can be downloaded from the relay link below. DOWNLOAD The Help Book Club Recipe Booklet and here are some of some of the recipes.

The Help Inspired Pineapple Cake by Suzanne Stull

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (20 ounce) can crushed
pineapple with juice
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×13 inch pan.
2. Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and 1 1/2 cups of the white sugar together.
3. Stir in the beaten eggs and the pineapple with juice and mix well.
4. Pour batter into prepared pan.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
6. Make Buttery Milk Syrup: In a sauce-pan combine the butter or margarine, evaporated milk, vanilla, and 1/2 cup white sugar. Bring
mixture to a boil over medium high heat and cook for about 5 minutes. Pour over cake while still warm.
*Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com® ©2011


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The Help inspired cocktail “Minny”

Strong, with a kick.
Ingredients:
2 oz. Vanilla Vodka
1 oz. Cointreau
2 Dashes Lemon Juice
1 Dash Simple Syrup
Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients in an iced shaker for 10-seconds and strain over crushed ice in a lowball glass.
2. Top with crushed ice.

Non-alcoholic alternative for Minny

Ingredients:
2 scoops (about 1/3 cup each) vanilla ice cream
chilled ginger beer or ginger ale
squeeze of fresh lime juice
3 Tbs lightly sweetened whipped cream
Lime slice, for garnish
Directions:
1. Place ice cream in a tall 16-ounce glass. Fill with ginger beer.
2. Add a squeeze of lime juice; stir.
3. Top with whipped cream.
4. Garnish with lime slice.
5. Serve immediately with straws and a spoon.

Download The Help inspired Book Club Recipe Booklet

You can download the party booklet, just click the link you are able to get all of the recipes in a printable booklet.

DOWNLOAD The Help Book Club Recipe Booklet

Courtesy of DreamWorks.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (2)

  1. Paige

    My friends and I watched the movie last night… It was wonderful. There are so many things that one can focus on after reading the book or watching the movie. We are choosing to focus on the food. The Book Club Kit is wonderful… but I would like to see more recipes come forward…REAL Southern Fried Chicken Recipes (JUST like Minny would have made), beans, corn bread… so that we can have help, bringing The Help home for a wonderful day!

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