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Nov 11, 2008 09:16 AM

Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert

I am looking for a new recipe to add to our 'usual' desserts this year. We are very much creatures of habit for Thanksgiving and our favorites are pumpkin pie, pecan pie and apple pie. Want to add something chocolate or maybe a cheesecake. Any ideas? Also would love to hear what some of you have as your regular desserts for this meal.
Thanks- Alexa

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  1. Our favorites:

    Pumpkin cheesecake
    Sweet potatoe pie with a pecan pie top
    Cranberry chess pie
    Cranberry mascarpone tart w/ a chocolate crust

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      1. re: alexa52

        From Wikipedia:
        "Chess pie is a dessert characteristic of Southern U.S. cuisine. Recipes vary, but are generally similar in that they call for the preparation of a single crust and a filling composed of eggs, butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. What sets chess pie apart from many other custard pies is the substitution of corn meal for flour. Some recipes also call for corn syrup, which tends to create a more gelatinous consistency. The pie is then baked. The resulting pie is very sweet and often consumed with coffee in order to offset this somewhat. Although preparation of a pecan pie is similar (with the obvious addition of pecans), pecan pie usually contains corn syrup. Chess pie is closely related to Vinegar Pie, and the two terms are often used interchangeably. Vinegar pie generally adds somewhere between a teaspoon and tablespoon of vinegar to the above ingredients to "cut the sweetness". Actually, it makes very little difference in the taste."

        This is similar to the recipe we use. The cranberries add a nice tartness to the pie :

    1. I feel like a broken record recommending these 2 pies again, but they are really good and easy.

      Fudge-Pecan Pie

      Apple-Cranberry Crumb Pie

      1. The two "regular" desserts at Chez Julia's Thanksgivings are Sweet Potato Pie (sometimes with and sometimes without pecan garnish) and Coconut Pound Cake. Other desserts come and go.

        Cranberry Walnut Tart is a goodie, so is Chocolate Pecan Pie.

        I would never do a cheesecake for Thanksgiving. The dinner is altogether too heavy as it is, without adding cheesecake to the equation.

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        1. re: ChefJune

          Do you have a sweet potato recipe you like? My bil asked for one, he's a traditionalist so I think he wants it plain, no pecans. There are so many online and I've found a couple on epicurious that look good but would love to find one that's tried and true, traditional.

          1. re: ChefJune

            I would love to hear more about the coconut cake!!

          2. We always have French Silk Pie. Also Pumpkin Cheesecake

            1. Although I always have pumpkin pie, I include some sweet but light desserts. Mile high strawberry pie, basically egg whites, sugar and frozen strawberries mixed then combined with whipped cream, in a crumb crust, is one. Also, I like cold lemon souffle. These are easily made the day before, the pie stays in the freezer and the lemon souffle in the fridge.