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Title: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: AstiTheWestie on November 15, 2012, 08:11:54 AM
Good Morning All!

I am in charge of making dessert for Thanksgiving dinner. I want to veer from the expected. And ideas to knock people's socks off?
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: Shoo on November 15, 2012, 08:41:49 AM
Are you the only one bringing dessert?  If not, veer as much as you want.  If you ARE, however, not bringing pumpkin pie or apple crisp, or some other traditional dessert, others may feel like they're missing something important on Thanksgiving.  I can't imagine Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: AstiTheWestie on November 15, 2012, 08:48:34 AM
Ah, good point there. I did not even think of that angle. I *am* the only dessert-bringer. Hmmmm. May have to rethink this ...
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: MorgnsGrl on November 15, 2012, 08:51:36 AM
I think these look good, but I haven't made any of them!

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/11/pumpkin-mousse-pie-lighter-thanksgiving-dessert-recipe.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/pumpkin-cheesecake-recipe/index.html

http://thanksgiving.food.com/recipe/marbled-pumpkin-cheesecake-bars-with-a-gingersnap-crust-197570

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/11/no-bake-chocolate-pumpkin-mousse-pie.html
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: rose red on November 15, 2012, 08:54:41 AM
If your family usually have the traditional pumpkin pie, maybe twist it up with pumpkin cheesecake.  Or some type of pie, cookies, or cake with pumpkin ice cream. 
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: O'Dell on November 15, 2012, 09:12:55 AM
What about little mini-pies with different fillings? Some traditional and some new. No recipes...just tossing the idea out there. :)
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: wx4caster on November 15, 2012, 09:27:05 AM
Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle.

I keep meaning to make this but seem to forget during the planning process.  One of these years.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: AstiTheWestie on November 15, 2012, 09:31:00 AM
I like the trifle idea. I do have a gorgeous trifle bowl I can use! And I can still have the pumpkin thing going on ...
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: Rohanna on November 15, 2012, 10:09:07 AM
I would bring 2 pies- one pumpkin for tradition, and one completely different. If you don't bring the "tradition" on a holiday without notice- rightly or wrongly some people will automatically resent the "new" item.

Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: Morrigan on November 15, 2012, 11:06:38 AM
I'm doing an apple pie, a blueberry pie and mini-strawberry cheesecakes.

Definitely do something traditional, but something a bit different is also a good thing.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: CakeBeret on November 15, 2012, 11:09:11 AM
Salted Caramel Cheesecake
http://themodernapron.blogspot.com/2011/09/desserts-salted-caramel-cheesecake.html

It's not difficult and is a pretty impressive dessert

I would also do a traditional pumpkin pie in addition.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: Maggie on November 15, 2012, 11:09:36 AM
I make a two ingredient cake that is really easy.  It's one can of pumpkin puree and one cake mix.  Mix thoroughly and bake the length of time the box says.  Combine 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, 3 Tablespoons apple cider and 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.  Glaze should be thick but pourable.  Add more sugar or cider if needed.  Pour over the cake while still warm.  Reserve some to pour over each slice when served.  OR you can poke holes in it when it is done and pour a n can of Eagle Brand over it and then frost with cool whip.  I boiled the can of Eagle Brand for three hours and made a caramel with it, poured that over it and spread it out then frosted with cool whip.  People that don't even like pumpkin loved it. 
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: Kaypeep on November 15, 2012, 11:14:54 AM
No one in my family likes pumpkin pie.  It never gets eaten.  I'd ask the host if the know of any preferences (yay or nay) on that before bringing it.

I'm also a firm believer in you can't go wrong with chocolate.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: Mikayla on November 15, 2012, 11:16:34 AM
I make a two ingredient cake that is really easy.  It's one can of pumpkin puree and one cake mix.  Mix thoroughly and bake the length of time the box says.  Combine 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, 3 Tablespoons apple cider and 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.  Glaze should be thick but pourable.  Add more sugar or cider if needed.  Pour over the cake while still warm.  Reserve some to pour over each slice when served.  OR you can poke holes in it when it is done and pour a n can of Eagle Brand over it and then frost with cool whip.  I boiled the can of Eagle Brand for three hours and made a caramel with it, poured that over it and spread it out then frosted with cool whip.  People that don't even like pumpkin loved it.

This sounds awesome!  On the bolded, I assume that's just canned pumpkin?  Also, what kind of cake did you use?   The version with the caramelized Eagle Brand and whipped cream sounds amazing. 
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: Maggie on November 15, 2012, 12:17:37 PM
I make a two ingredient cake that is really easy.  It's one can of pumpkin puree and one cake mix.  Mix thoroughly and bake the length of time the box says.  Combine 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, 3 Tablespoons apple cider and 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.  Glaze should be thick but pourable.  Add more sugar or cider if needed.  Pour over the cake while still warm.  Reserve some to pour over each slice when served.  OR you can poke holes in it when it is done and pour a n can of Eagle Brand over it and then frost with cool whip.  I boiled the can of Eagle Brand for three hours and made a caramel with it, poured that over it and spread it out then frosted with cool whip.  People that don't even like pumpkin loved it.

A butter cake mix is the best.  I have made it with both yellow and butter cake mixes and the butter cake is much much better.  The one with the Eagle Brand caramel also had caramel drizzled on top but I left that part off.  I was afraid it would be just a little to much.  If you need help on boiling the can of Eagle Brand let me know.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: NyaChan on November 15, 2012, 12:22:15 PM
Salted Caramel Cheesecake
http://themodernapron.blogspot.com/2011/09/desserts-salted-caramel-cheesecake.html



 :o  Where have  you been all my life???   :o
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: CakeBeret on November 15, 2012, 12:52:19 PM
Salted Caramel Cheesecake
http://themodernapron.blogspot.com/2011/09/desserts-salted-caramel-cheesecake.html



 :o  Where have  you been all my life???   :o

I've made it twice, to rave reviews each time. It is so good, it's unholy LOL.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: violinp on November 15, 2012, 01:09:02 PM
We only have pecan pie, because only Gran and I like pumpkin.  :( If I had my way, we'd have both, but Gran makes them from scratch, crust and all, so I can see why it's a pain to her.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: Hmmmmm on November 15, 2012, 02:37:44 PM
We only have pecan pie, because only Gran and I like pumpkin.  :( If I had my way, we'd have both, but Gran makes them from scratch, crust and all, so I can see why it's a pain to her.

Violinp, not to derail the thread, but making a pumpkin pie is pretty basic and if Gran is making a crust for one pie, most crust recipes are easily doubled if not already making two crusts.  Maybe get Gran to leave a ball of the crust in the fridge for you and you can make the pumpkin pie filling at home.  Then when you arrive, you can roll out the dough, fill the pie with your premade filling and it can be baking while dinner is being served. 

But back to recipe suggestions, I took this Caramel Pecan Pie Cheesecake to a pot luck in September and it was very well received.  I did add some bourbon to the pecan filling.
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Caramel-Pecan-Cheesecake-Pie

If you want to do something pumpkin other than pie, Foodnetwork has some good pumpkin creme brulee.

For a layer cake, we like to have Hummingbird Cake for Tday occasionally.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: gingerzing on November 15, 2012, 02:47:03 PM
Probably not exactly what you are going for, but DH decided that we would bring the desserts.  (I am sure someone else will bring something as well.)
We have a pumpkin pie (will be picking up the Cool Whip this weekend) and he HAD to get the Trader Joe's pumpkin cheesecake.   Fine.

Last year my mother did a Thanksgiving meal of all tapas (small plate sized) dishes.  She had some crazy things going on.  She ended with pumpkin tarts, gingerbread, brownies, & Orange Tiramisu.  But she also had 3 different Granitas in between course. 
Of course, last year was the year that we weren't able to make it down.   
Le Sigh.  :'(
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: doodlemor on November 15, 2012, 03:18:48 PM
Mmmmmmm-mmmm!  Such lovely suggestions already!

My personal dessert rule is *something chocolate, and something not [chocolate].*

Here is a link to my favorite flourless chocolate "cake" recipe.  It is extremely easy, freezes well, and is luscious.  It easily serves 12, too, as it is rich and also rather filling due to the protein in the eggs. 

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/La-Bete-Noire-235831

I always melt the chocolate with the butter or cream in the microwave.  Just nuke it carefully a bit at a time until the chocolate melts, whisking frequently.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: CakeBeret on November 15, 2012, 03:27:48 PM
Looks delicious! I always appreciate flourless dessert recipes, as my mom is gluten-free.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: wheeitsme on November 15, 2012, 03:29:43 PM
pear gingerbread trifle.

I poach the pears in champagne or white wine (but regular sugar syrup would work as well) with a little cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.  Make gingerbread (boxed is fine, but I like to add a little extra fresh ginger).  Chop it all up.  Layer in several layers with vanilla cream mixed with a little fresh whipped cream. Decorate with fresh whipped cream.

You can make a large trifle, or individual ones.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: It's good to be Queen on November 15, 2012, 04:02:56 PM
I am making pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake and something chocolate.  I LOVE pumpkin pie, but most other people in my family don't, so I am doing the cheesecake instead (which everyone likes, go figure!).
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: doodlemor on November 15, 2012, 04:03:44 PM
Looks delicious! I always appreciate flourless dessert recipes, as my mom is gluten-free.

This would work well for your mom, then.  It really is very easy.  It takes me longer to line the pan three times - but very important - than it does to mix the thing together.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: bopper on November 15, 2012, 08:08:19 PM
I agree that if there is a usual dessert (pumpkin pie, pecan pie) then you should make at least one of those, and then add a new recipe.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: AstiTheWestie on November 16, 2012, 06:45:40 AM
Awesome suggestions!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: wx4caster on November 16, 2012, 08:43:51 AM
I agree that if there is a usual dessert (pumpkin pie, pecan pie) then you should make at least one of those, and then add a new recipe.

Pumpkin Pecan Pie? Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pecan-Pumpkin-Pie-108774
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: AstiTheWestie on November 17, 2012, 11:43:51 AM
Ok. Decided to go with Pecan Pumpkin Pie *and* little individual chocolate bundt cakes with a raspberry compote, drizzled with white chocolate and garnished with raspberries and fresh mint. This way I can go crazy creatively, and still keep some pumpkin element for the die-hards. Sound good?
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: rose red on November 17, 2012, 12:25:58 PM
Pecan pumpking pie sounds delicious for pumpkin fans.  And if I were a guest, I would try to steal a second bundt cake  ;).  Chocolate, raspberry, and mint.  Yum!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: AstiTheWestie on November 17, 2012, 01:16:41 PM
All I need to know! I will save one for you!  :D
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: mbbored on November 18, 2012, 10:41:21 AM
For anybody else who still looking for dessert ideas, I found a recipe for something called crack pie: cookie crust and a filling of butter, sugar, eggs and cream. It turns out gooey like the filling on a pecan pie and is unbelievable.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: Lynnv on November 18, 2012, 06:00:31 PM
First of all-I am a chronic overcooker for holidays.  My holiday planning usually goes like this:

1) Plan a menu.
2) Decide something is missing and add 3 new items to the menu.
3)  Go over it with DH. DH reminds me that 10 people don't need a turkey and a ham and 4 different vegetable options.  Remove 4 or 5 items from the menu.
4) Look at it again and decide it just isn't enough food and add back 2 of the items previously removed.
5) Actual cooking and holiday meal.
6) Start telling people that they HAVE to take something home with them.  DH and I (even with the cat's help) cannot eat all of the leftovers.  Glare at sister when she says "Oh, I would have to leave you short."  She knows better, but she thinks it is funny (every year) that I am such a bad overcooker.

So take anything I say with a grain of salt or three:

When I am doing desserts, I always make something that is traditional (usually pumpkin pie and pecan pie), something fruity (usually either an apple or a cherry pie) and something else (like a chocolate cream pie, lemon merinuge or a cheesecake or carrot cake).  We invariably have more dessert than we need.  But DH and my mom love pecan pie (and I am pretty fond of it).  Sis's boyfriend and oldest child love pumpkin pie (and I like it too).  My sister loves cherry pie and is very fond of apple.  And I like to try something a little out of the ordinary for the holiday.    We have, on occasion, ended up with a ratio of 1 dessert for every 2 people.   Which is why people are not allowed out of my house at the holidays without taking some sort of leftovers with them.  :>
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: AstiTheWestie on November 18, 2012, 06:26:56 PM
Lynnv - you are like my soul sister. I, too, seriously over-cook/bake/do. I plan menus and then add to it because it will "never" be "enough". So then guests take home enough food for a week and we have food for a week! At least! But I would rather have too much than not enough. This year we are going to the in-law's, so it is not even a matter of menu planning ... sheesh!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: Rohanna on November 18, 2012, 08:08:13 PM
My husband is like this- I am constantly whittling down his holiday menu plans because he dislikes more than one day of leftovers and I dislike wasted food even more!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: CakeBeret on November 18, 2012, 08:08:53 PM
Lynnv, you sound just like me. This year I'm cooking for 5 adults and 2 toddlers. I'm making a 13lb turkey, 4 vegetable dishes, 2 potato dishes, a double batch of dressing, and rolls. And I have a justification for each and every dish. ;)
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: AstiTheWestie on November 25, 2012, 01:53:34 PM
Ok, OP here with the update. I did make individual chocolate bundt cakes with fresh raspberries and fresh mint, and pecan pumpkin pie. Everything looked gorgeous! Husband tried both desserts and he said the pie was a little too sweet for him (pumpkin pie on the bottom, pecan pie on top basically, so, yeah) but the chocolate bundt cakes were the runaway hit. I think the fresh raspberries put them over the edge. Thanks to all!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: kckgirl on November 25, 2012, 07:10:28 PM
For AstiTheWestie: Do you think the cakes would be good with strawberries instead of raspberries? I really, really don't like raspberries, but chocolate is a hit for dessert at all times in my house!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: AstiTheWestie on November 26, 2012, 08:02:51 AM
For AstiTheWestie: Do you think the cakes would be good with strawberries instead of raspberries? I really, really don't like raspberries, but chocolate is a hit for dessert at all times in my house!

Oh, absolutely! Chocolate and strawberries? Oh yeah. I would even make it with cherries (cherry pie filling).
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: Roe on November 26, 2012, 12:15:50 PM
I must've missed the recipe for the chocolate bundt cakes.  Can someone point me to the post #?  Thanks!  They sound so yummy!  And we love raspberries!  :)
Title: Re: Thanksgiving dessert ideas
Post by: AstiTheWestie on November 26, 2012, 12:32:13 PM
I must've missed the recipe for the chocolate bundt cakes.  Can someone point me to the post #?  Thanks!  They sound so yummy!  And we love raspberries!  :)

All I did was use a recipe for a basic chocolate pound cake and bake them in mini bundt cake pans. You can certainly even use your favorite chocolate cake mix as well. I did add some almond extract to make the flavor pop as well!