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Great Dessert to Bring to Thanksgiving other than Pumpkin or Apple Pie

I like to wow my hosts with something that is great, but doesn't duplicate something that another guest could easily bring. I used to bring the Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie from the Little Pie Company. Unfortunately for me, someone lives on the block and brings that pie.

Does anyone have any suggestions of a great dessert to bring? Thanks!

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  1. I'm bringing the blackout cake from Two Little Red Hens (2nd Ave and 86th St). It's "just" a chocolate cake with chocolate pudding filling. Simple, but it's by far the best chocolate cake I've ever had.

    1. The Momofuku crack pie is like pecan pie without the pecans. Very addictive. Another possibility might be caramel macarons from La Maison du Chocolat, Madeleine Patisserie or Macaron Cafe.

      1. banana pudding from buttercup or magnolia. so delish.

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        1. re: smokeandapancake

          thats a great idea but I love all pudding from Sugar Sweet Sunshine. And they have a seasonal pumpkin one that is just awesome!

        2. I've done the cake from Two Little Red Hens, Bouchon Bakery (Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie), Financier does some great French cakes and pastries, and this year I am doing Blackhound Bakery.

          1. Any more thoughts on this topic this year?

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            1. re: centralpark

              It's not Thanksgiving-y, but the Chocolate Babka from Andre's Bakery on 2nd at about 84th - sort of across from Little Red Hen - is a great favorite.

            2. What about macarons? They're somewhat light, little bites of heaven - perfect post a gluttonous meal. My favorites are at Ceci Cela Patisserie. If you're pressed for time, you can grab them at one of Macaron Cafe's many locations.

              Good luck,

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                1. Carrot cake..."14-carot cake" to be specific. I think I'm not allowed to attend my family's dinner if I don't bring it.
                  It's on the web in many forms.... here is the one I use ( modifications to follow.)

                  2 c sifted flour
                  1 tsp baking powder
                  1 1/2 tsp baking soda
                  1 1/2 salt
                  1 1/2 cinnamon
                  2 c sugar
                  1 1/2 salad oil
                  4 eggs
                  2 c. shredded carrots
                  15 oz drained crushed pineapple
                  2+c shredded carrots( i use almost 4)
                  3/4 c chopped walnut ( or to taste)
                  1/2bag of shredded sweetened coconut

                  Sift dry ingr.
                  add sugar , oil and egg.
                  Beat for 1 minute, stir in the rest of the ingr..
                  pour into prepared pan ( 3 9" rounds; 14x17 pan, 24(ish) cupcakes)
                  bake at 350* unitl done (45 min to 90 min depending on size:; until a toothpic comes out clean.
                  cool for 10 minutes then turnout and cool for 6 hours and frost).

                  1 stick softened butter
                  8 oz cream chees, 1 tsp vanilla extract
                  1 lb conffect. sugar
                  milk until it is frosting consistancy

                  best cake ever!