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Favorite Thanksgiving Desserts- Not Pie!

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Any thoughts about your favorite Thanksgiving desserts that don't include pie? Trying to come up with something a little different to supplement the endless types of pie we seem to have every year. What's your favorite dessert??

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  1. Does cheesecake count as pie? I don't like pumpkin pie, but I love me some pumpkin cheesecake!

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    1. re: Moxiegirl

      me too! I make it in a swirl, regular cheesecake with the pumpkin mixed in. Looks so pretty.

    2. Fruit crisps like cranberry-apple are a little lighter than pie. There's free online access to the Cooks Country version at www.cookscountrytv.com.

      Maple desserts go well with a turkey dinner. Some sort of creme brulee or bavarian or mousse would be nice. Caramel is another good flavor for the typical T'day meal.

      There's always room for jello, so they say ;^)

      1. Warm Indian Pudding with Haagan Daz vanilla melting on top. Mmmmm...

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          1. re: galleygirl

            catsmeow is correct
            My late MIL also made a tapioca and date pudding that was yummy but I don't recall the name.

        1. Here's one I posted on another board: (Finnish Vispipuuroa) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5693...

          My fingers and brain do not always work in concert, so when you read "heavy cram" know that I mean "heavy crEam." :-


          It's truly our favorite finish...last year only half of a pie was eaten with ten people in attendance.

          Happy Thanksgiving!


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          1. re: cayjohan

            Do you heat it the next morning and add heavy cRem or milk? We're going to need something sturdy if we're going to the Pitt-WVU game at noon.

            1. re: yayadave

              yayadave, serve cold (then it keeps its "whippitivity", although you can rewhip). Yep, with the cream. And it sticks to the ribs big time, but without any bad stuff if you go easy on the cream.


          2. Paula Deen has a great Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle recipe. I made it last year, and it was gone in no time. Everyone requested it again this year.

            1. Pumpkin Bread Pudding - either made with pumpkin bread or with brioche and pumpkin in the custard

              Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread - i have to make this every year or else there are angry angry family members

              1. I made apple crisp last year and it was a big hit. My British friend went out to the kitchen and whipped up a batch of custard to pour over it, and we finished it off while the pie was still sitting there.

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                1. re: lulubelle

                  Simple-- but I love some warm, freshly baked oatmeal cookies on Thanksgiving. After all that heavy food, I prefer to cut out some of the butter and add applesauce for that light & fluffy cakey style oatmeal cookie. Delicious with some dark chocolate shavings on top and maybe some cayenne for a kick!

                2. I like poached and roasted pears for Thanksgiving dessert. Usually easy to do ahead and light and refreshing after a heavy meal.

                  Here's one from Epi that I've made a few times, using the mascarpone option.


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                  1. re: JoanN

                    Cheesecake. Any variety. Baking one is not that difficult. You don't need the pan of water. If the top doesn't come out looking good, not to worry. Cover it with canned fruit and whipped cream.

                    Cheesecake. Always welcome.

                  2. My favorite is Cranberry Lime Tart. Love the lime curd and white chocolate. Can't stand pumpkin. We are having it this year along with a Dutch apple pie


                    1. Pumpkin Cheesecake. Cranberry Upside-Down Cake. Chocolate/Bourbon Pecan Pie (Sorry, I know it's pie, but it's very good.)

                      1. How about pumpkin roll? A pumpkin jelly roll cake with a sweetened cream cheese filling. You can add nuts if you wish.

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                        1. re: jillp

                          I'm making a pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. Rolling the cake intimidates me!

                          1. re: jillp

                            I am always covetous of people who bring in leftovers of their pumpkin roll to work. It seems like a bit of a low rent dish, but it is so delicious!

                          2. Baskin Robbins Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

                            DNiece's white chocolate/cranberry cheesecake

                            Pumpkin Dump Cake

                            1. Pumpkin creme brulee. Delicious and portion-controlled.

                              1. We always finish most large meals (Tgiving included) with fruit. Our very favorite for thanksgiving is a large asian pear put in the fridge. It is almost like eating an icicle. With a nice warm cup of great tea, it is an amazing way to finish a meal.

                                1. Apple-cranberry crisp, from my vintage Jane Brody cookbook 'Living the High-Carbohydrate Way'. One bowl, one baking dish, impossible to screw up, fits in the toaster oven, much more interesting than (yecch) mushy cloying pumpkin pie. And terrific for breakfast. I always keep a couple bags of cranberries in the freezer!

                                  1. I'm too late for Thanksgiving this year, but I second the cheesecake suggestions. This year I was going to make a cranberry turtle cheesecake but ended up making a carrot cake instead (and it was a good change from just pie.)

                                    1. Also too late for this year, but we had apple cake made with apples from my sister's CSA this year. (We're vegan and I'm gluten-free, so we have savory pumpkin pie as our main dish).