Thanksgiving Dinner: Pies and Desserts

What’s on your Thanksgiving dessert menu? The traditional pumpkin pie? Pecan pie? Or something more outside-of-the-lines? Either way, we have what you need.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

First of all, the classics: there’s Grandma’s Basic Pumpkin Pie; there’s Basic Apple Pie, and there’s Pecan Pie. For some, those are all you ever need.

Now, if you are interested in venturing a bit further afield, we have a few suggestions. You might try Clair’s Pumpkin Cheesecake, or you could go for Barb’s Pumpkin Pie Gingersnap Dessert, or Grandma’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, or Muriel’s Pumpkin Pie Dessert, or even Barb’s Pumpkin Spice Cake. In the apple category, there’s Dutch Apple Pie, or these fabulous little Apple Tartlets (easier version here,) or Auntie Shirl’s Sour Cream Apple Pie, or the naughty Apples Baked in Cointreau. An alternative pecan pie is Stacey’s Chocolate Pecan Pie. You might also try a Sweet Potato Pie (which is more traditional in the South.)

Perhaps you’d like something a little lighter? Try my father-in-law’s gorgeous Lemon Cloud Tiramisu. Something more…chocolatey? Spring’s Kahlua Cake is amazing. Something completely over the top? Tamara’s Apricot Brandy Pound Cake will do it for you. My mother-in-law’s Raspberry Velvet Torte is heavenly. A family favorite for my husband is Grandma’s Raspberry Ribbon Pie. Or there’s Barb’s Sticky Toffee Pudding. I personally LOVE New York Cheesecake. I’ve seen grown men weep after tasting Lisa’s Famous Chocolate Mousse.   And this Poached Pear and Strawberry Trifle is beautiful and light.

Finally, many of these are begging to be topped with REAL whipped cream, not the stuff you squirt out of a can. If you’ve never whipped cream before, now is definitely the time to try it.

What about you? What’s on your plate for Thanksgiving dessert? We’d love to hear from you.

Laura