With Thanksgiving right around the corner it’s time we all buckle down and start deciding on what you’re going to serve. Turkey, sweet potatoes and all the rest of the staples might not be optional but there’s one course that has always been challenging for thanksgiving: the dessert. While pumpkin and apple pie are both usually on the menu who’s to say that you can’t get creative this Thanksgiving and come up with a truly spectacular finale to your most important family dinner of the year? Here are 10 Thanksgiving desert ideas from around the Internet that are sure to impress.
10. Maple-Pear Cheesecake
The cheesecake is one of the all time easiest desserts to make and can be just as delicious as it is simple. Just add a dash of flavorful maple syrup and some caramelized pears for a quick and easy dessert that will surely be a hit with everybody around the dinner table.
9. Pecan Pie
A year-round treat, pecan pie is fantastic for thanksgiving. Its rich flavors and crunchy texture from the caramelized pecans make it a dazzling blend of delicious and consistent that is perfect to top a meal!
8. Streusel Küchen
Though it sounds exotic, the Streusel Küchen is a German staple cake that has carried quite well in the US. Known better in its Americanized version as crumb cake this traditional dessert is usually made with quark instead of heavier, more Paula Deen worthy fillings. It is nonetheless absolutely delicious!
7. Caramel Apple Cake
They say that there’s nothing as American as apple pie and while apple pie is a staple of many countries around the world there’s no denying that it has a place in our hearts and stomachs. This rich, caramel covered apple cake brings a new take on an old recipe, one that your guests will certainly appreciate.
6. Cranberry-Port Sorbet
There is nothing more refreshing than a light desert after a heavy meal and this fine low-cal alternative to all the pies and custard-lathered cakes will be a smashing success this thanksgiving, perhaps served alongside a small slice of something more consistent and traditional.
5. Chocolate Black-Bottom Pie
This symphony of chocolate has chocolate not once, not twice but three times! The crust is chocolate, the fondant that makes the core of the filling is chocolate and there’s even chocolate syrup mixed into the whipped-cream toping. Treat your guest to this beauty and they’ll talk about this Thanksgiving for years to come.
4. Apple Crisp
Another take on the apple desert, this crunchy delight is perfect for any dinner but goes especially well after a heavy turkey feast. Best of all, it’s really easy to make although very hard to perfect. A true cooking artiste can get the crunchiness just right, with the apples deliciously sour-sweet. A truly perfect apple crisp is no easy task but someone who pulls it off deserves to be called a chef.
3. Cranberry, Almond and Cinnamon Tart
This delicious concoction consists of a heavy, syrupy cinnamon favored almond filling atop a layer of cranberry jam, topped with whole cranberries. It is a culinary masterpiece and one that tastes fantastic to boot.
2. Pumpkin Flan in a Pastry Shell
This recipe comes straight from Marta Stewart and it is another test of a true chef. The little short-dough shells are very hard to make well, flan is easy to foul up and bringing it all together is a chore. Yet if you manage to pull this off you can truly expect to bedazzle your diners with an equally complex and delicious meal.
1. Pumpkin Cream Pie
It doesn’t matter if you prefer this pie closed or open-style this is what thanksgiving is all about. This creamy delicacy consists of a pumpkin-cream filling inside a gingersnap crust with a topping of whipped cream and, often a few decorative pumpkin seeds, perhaps even caramelized ones. Even people who don’t enjoy pumpkin will love this creamy delight. Just don’t overdo it, you don’t want to slouch off with a full stomach and miss the after-dinner banter.