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Thanksgiving: Tired of Pies

Every Thanksgiving I make pecan pie, pumpkin pie and banana cream pie. Every year the same thing....I want a change. I'm thinking of having only pumpking pie this year and going a totally different direction with the other desserts.

I've been debating an upsidown apple cake and possibly a Martha Stewart Mississippi Mud pie (which is really a flourless cake and homemade pudding w/ whipped cream).

What desserts do you make other than pie?

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  1. A few years ago, I made a delicious glazed pear cake. Yum. Let me know if you'd like the recipe & I'll dig thru my crazy file :)

    1. how about a trifle with a gingerbread base, poached pears and the custard or creme anglaise flavored with a little bourbon

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      1. re: weezycom

        Yes! Trifle. I hadn't thought about the whole gingerbread angle....hmmmmmmm, I may have to usurp that idea.....I was thinking cranberry and port.

        1. re: weezycom

          Wowie Zowie weezy! That sounds fantastic. We've got a couple of non-drinkers in our Thanksgiving crowd, but I think this'd be great sans booze.

        2. As a pumpkin hater, I had to be cajoled into even tasting this cake when a friend made it. Now, it's my holiday dessert of choice. Something about the brightness of the apricots transforms the bland pumpkin into something wonderful. And it's pretty, too.

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

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Oh yeah, definite ditto on the cheesecake!

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Yep - I do cheesecake in muffin tins w/ various toppings and they keep well.

                1. re: JerryMe

                  HOW? Muffin pans I got. Spring-form pans I don't got.

                  1. re: ZenSojourner

                    Zen, it's easy, just use cupcake liners to ensure that you can get them out of the pan :) pat a little crust into the bottom of each one, fill with batter, top as you wish, and bake. voila! mini cheesecakes.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Or just spray a little Pam or smear some butter inside your muffin pan.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        ipse, have you ever actually done that successfully? the whole point of using a springform for cheesecake is the near impossibility of getting it out of a pan with fixed sides without smushing the filling or separating it from the crust. the liners hold it all together and keep the custard from sticking to the sides - you can just lift each one out in one piece.

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          Yes, and here's the key.

                          Line the sides of your muffin tin with the crust (not just the bottom of the muffin tin). And if you greased it with a bit of butter or PAM, they'll slide right out with a bit of nudging from a pairing knife.

                          Ok, you got me. Yes, you end up with something closer to "mini-tarts" than cheesecake muffins ... but, you know what, everything's edible and no worries about whipping out cupcake liners.

                  2. re: ipsedixit

                    This Sweet Potato Cheesecake won a blue ribbon at the North Carolina State Fair,
                    http://www.newsobserver.com/cgi-bin/n...

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      my best friend makes a pumpkin cheesecake that's always a hit sorry, i don't know what recipe she uses

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I dunno. Cheesecake can be so heavy, after such a large meal.

                        How about something chiffon, like a parfait of lemon chiffon pudding/custard and some crunchy shortbread cookies? Even a full trifle is a bit of overload after this kind of eating marathon.

                        1. re: toodie jane

                          Well your traditional pecan pie, or even sweet potato or pumpkin pies, aren't exactly light.

                          Plus, I can make a pretty good light and airy cheesecake (i.e., not NY-style).

                      2. Gingerbread with sauteed apples, caramel sauce and cider cream.

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                        1. re: maxie

                          Recipe please. This sounds outstanding.