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Ideas for fruit dessert for Thanksgiving (not pie)

Milocat1 Oct 31, 2011 10:18 AM

I would like to make a lighter fruit- based dessert for Thanksgiving this year. In years past I have made pies but we don't enjoy them fully because we are so full from the meal. I would also like something that is not too labor intensive. We will have 10-14 people. Thanks!

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    Milocat1 Nov 2, 2011 05:37 AM

    Thanks for all the ideas. It looks like we are going the pie route (again). We do wait a couple of hours after the main meal but even then seems too much..... Well at least pie makes good leftovers!

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    1. re: Milocat1
      roxlet Nov 2, 2011 05:39 AM

      Perfect breakfast the day after!

    2. dave_c Nov 1, 2011 11:05 AM

      I think a good alternative to pies that's is a very easy to make is a cobbler/Brown Betty/Crisp. The dessert with the brown sugar, cinnamon crumb topping, not the one with a biscuit topping.

      1. ipsedixit Oct 31, 2011 09:14 PM

        Here's a thought.

        Why not just served fresh cut fruit as dessert?

        Nothing is simpler, and really, nothing is finer than fresh ripe fruit to finish off what is no doubt a rich and hearty Thanksgiving dinner.

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        1. re: ipsedixit
          sueatmo Nov 1, 2011 08:32 AM

          Fresh fruit with a good cheese.

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          calliope_nh Oct 31, 2011 06:40 PM

          A trifle.

          1. GraceW Oct 31, 2011 05:25 PM

            The apple cake on SmittenKitchen.com is real great.


            1. Jay F Oct 31, 2011 05:09 PM

              poached pears, which you make on Wednesday

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              1. re: Jay F
                sueatmo Oct 31, 2011 05:18 PM

                That sounds good! Pears are really good this year.

                1. re: sueatmo
                  magiesmom Oct 31, 2011 05:57 PM

                  with a bittersweet chocolate sauce on the side.
                  two hours after main course.
                  or baked apples stuffed with pecans and dried apricots. Homey but festive, which is how I like my Thanksgiving dinner,

                  1. re: magiesmom
                    sueatmo Nov 1, 2011 08:32 AM

                    All good. Or perhaps apple dumplings fancied up? I haven't had an apple dumpling since childhood.

              2. Wtg2Retire Oct 31, 2011 04:41 PM

                My mom always made a simple fresh fruit salad: sliced peaches, bananas, green grapes (in half) and strawberries, chunked apples and pineapple - really whatever fresh fruit was available. The dressing was a 1 cup carton of whipping cream, whipped (no sugar - just plain whipping cream). No one could ever stop nibbling and eating at it.

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                  sueatmo Oct 31, 2011 04:32 PM

                  We often have our dessert an hour or two after the big dinner, for the reason that you cite for not enjoying your pie. Just a thought.

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                    wyogal Oct 31, 2011 04:18 PM

                    A tray of cut/cubed or otherwise prepped and ready to eat fruit would be lovely and light. Get a poundcake, if you think folks would want a little more, with a bowl of whipped cream, and whipped chocolate. Folks can make their own parfaits, from elaborate to simple.

                    1. ROCKLES Oct 31, 2011 04:15 PM

                      Parfaits are nice and light after a big meal like turkey day

                      1. Hank Hanover Oct 31, 2011 04:06 PM

                        I'm lazy so I tend to buy a lemon pound cake at the grocery store. Because it is Thanksgiving, I would buy a bag of frozen fruit like strawberries or peaches or mixed berries and make a coulis out of them then use custard or even sherbet or sorbet. So you put a slice of pound cake in a bowl, spoon some icr cream or sherbet onto it and then a spoonful or two of fruit. It doesn't take much and is wonderful.

                        1. tcamp Oct 31, 2011 10:34 AM

                          Fruit salad. We often do that as no one in my extended family is a dessert hound. Perhaps served with shortbread cookies or a lemon poundcake. Another fruit dessert that was a hit one year was an apple/cranberry crisp served with vanilla ice cream. It was especially good as a left over the nex day.

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                            dustchick Oct 31, 2011 09:05 PM

                            I've received a request to make an apple crisp for Thanksgiving. Any particular recipes that you would recommend? Thanks!

                            1. re: dustchick
                              TatyanaG Nov 1, 2011 10:47 AM

                              I make this one by Ina Garten and people just go nuts for it (use any apples, omit the pears if you like, but keep the cranberries - they make the sauce a gorgeous pink!):


                          2. todao Oct 31, 2011 10:32 AM

                            Plum Duff

                            1. gingershelley Oct 31, 2011 10:26 AM

                              How about a nice light Cranberry Mousse?

                              Here is a link to cranberry.org...

                              basically, you make a simple cranberry puree, an italian merangue, and fold together. very easy, very light. Simple to mulitply recipe too.
                              Maybe topp with crushed gingersnaps for a contrast.

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