While pumpkin pie is a traditional favorite, and it might be dangerous to omit the classic custard dessert from your Thanksgiving table, providing a variety of desserts would likely be welcome by your family and guests. Without being too radical, you can offer a few dessert choices and dazzle your appreciative guests this November.
This is a fun autumn twist on the classic apple pie. Fresh cranberries and apples make a marvelous team in this succulent pie…
3 Cups sliced, peeled cooking apples (3-4 apples)
2 Cups whole fresh cranberries (can use thawed, frozen cranberries)
1 ¾ Cup brown sugar
¼ Cup flour
1 Tablespoon butter
2 pie crusts (top and bottom) – either your own favorite recipe or ready-made
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix sliced apples, cranberries, sugar and flour in a large bowl. Put one crust in bottom of pie tin or dish. Pour fruit/sugar mixture into crust. Dot with butter and place top crust on the pie. Cut slits into the top crust, seal the two crusts together and crimp. Bake 40-50 minutes until crust is golden brown and fruit is cooked and bubbly. (Optional – brush a beaten egg wash over top crust to help with browning and produce a glistening crust.)
Chocolate Pecan Pie
A chocolaty take on the much-loved pecan pie – gooey, chocolaty; what’s not to love?
1 unbaked pie crust (pastry or cookie crumb is good too)
2 squares unsweetened or bittersweet chocolate
2 Tablespoons butter
3 large eggs
½ Cup sugar
¾ Cup dark corn syrup
¾-1 Cup pecan halves
Heat oven to 375 degrees, prepare crust. Melt chocolate and butter over a double boiler until smooth. Beat eggs, sugar, chocolate mixture and syrup together with a hand mixer or egg beater. Mix in pecans with a wooden spoon or spatula. Pour into prepared pie shell and bake 40-50 minutes – just until set. Remove from oven and cool.
This is a moist, fresh-tasting spice cake easily made from a convenient mix.
1 box prepared spice cake mix
½ cup applesauce
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
½ Cup chopped nuts (optional)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt pan, or 2 round or square cake pans. Prepare cake mix as required on box. Additionally, add applesauce, nuts and spices. Pour into prepared pan(s) and bake according to package directions.
Remove from oven with a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan(s) for about 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool on rack. Frost with frosting of choice or dust with powdered sugar (bundt cake). Cream cheese frosting or a brown sugar icing are excellent choices.