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Thanksgiving Dessert Throwdown

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Every year for Thanksgiving, my sister makes the Ghirardelli chocolate pecan pie for dessert (http://www.ghirardelli.com/bake/recip...) and it's always a hit. I'm tired of her being the baking star. Can anyone recommend a dessert which will steal the show? The requirements are:

1) It should be at least vaguely Thanksgiving-y;
2) It should both look impressive and taste delicious;
3) I should be able to make it at least several hours in advance and serve it with minimal prep (warming it up is ok.

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Please help me in my quest to win this sibling dessert throwdown!

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  1. I just went to the web site and read the recipe. No way can you compete with that. Just give it up and bring a great bottle of wine.

    1. There must be people in your family who 1) don't prefer chocolate and/or 2) don't prefer pies for dessert. A great cake would be perfect for preparing ahead and impressing. I know there is a very popular "autumn" themed cake from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook. I'm not a fan of their cupcakes, but a few of their cake recipes are delicious. Carrot cake also seems Thanksgiving-y. Red velvet cake is always popular if done well.

      Also, while I am not much of a cheesecake fan, I do often see recipes for pumpkin cheesecakes. Maybe you could try something like that?

      Your sisters pie looks delicious, but I for one would be thrilled to have something OTHER than pie for once during Thanksgiving.

      Good luck beating your sis ;-)

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      1. re: chowkari

        chowkari could you please get me the cake name you are speaking about "autumn themed? i am very intrigued

        1. re: drewb123

          drewb123:

          There is a really great cheesecake recipe on Epicurious' website. I think it's called Cheesecake with Bourbon Sour Cream topping. I left out the bourbon when I made it a couple of years ago. It was really great. One of the things that lifts it above the run-of-the-mill cheesecakes is that the graham cracker crust has chopped pecans in it.

          1. re: drewb123

            Hi Drew....

            It's called Apple Walnut Cake with Carmel Cream Cheese Frosting.

            I have the cook if you need the recipe. Just let me know!

        2. I just did a quick search on Epicurious and found this recipe, which seems VERY popular:

          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

          1. I'm not a big fan of chocolate pecan pie so you'd probably win for me, as long as you did something different. That said, chocolate is such a driver for a lot of people. I'd probably do something completely different--like a pumpkin bread batter baked in cheesecake with a good graham cracker crust, kind of like carrot cake cheesecake, only w/ pumpkin. Pumpkin and cream cheese are a good combination and perfect for the season.

            1. I always make a lemon meringue pie at Thanksgiving in addition to the other traditional pies for those who don't enjoy the usual pumpkin, apple and pecan. It's a nice palate cleansing pie for those not wanting something heavy like the pie your sister will be making.