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Pumpkin Pie Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake
My personal favorite pumpkin pie recipe is this Pate Brisee recipe, as I like its' wonderful buttery flavor and crumbly texture. more Pecan Pie is a delicious combination of toasted pecans, sugar, and eggs which gives this pie wonderful flavor with a dense and chewy texture. more Pumpkin Cheesecake combines two American favorites; New York style cheesecake and pumpkin pie. It is the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving. more
Apple Pie Red Velvet Cake Cranberry Upside Down Cake
The Apple Pie, with its two rounds of pastry enclosing slices of cinnamon sugared apples, is a favorite dessert in North America. more Red Velvet Cake is very dramatic looking with its bright red color sharply contrasted by a white frosting. more A Cranberry Upside Down Cake consists of lovely caramelized ruby red cranberries and a buttery white cake. more
New York Style Cheesecake Apple Crisp Pumpkin Bread
New York Style Cheesecakes are creamy, and smooth, and rich, and dense, and absolutely delicious. more An apple crisp is perfect when the weather turns cold. There is something so appealing about warm baked apples covered in cinnamon and sugar, made all the more tasty with a crisp and crunchy topping. more Pumpkin puree is used to make this sweet, moist, and flavorful quick bread. What sets this bread apart is a layer of cream cheese filling. more
     
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Thanksgiving Day is an annual holiday to give thanks.  It is celebrated in both the United States, on the fourth Thursday of November, and Canada, on the second Monday of October.  Both countries celebrate this holiday by gathering with family, and food, most notably the turkey, takes center stage.  (That is probably why Thanksgiving is also known as "Turkey" Day.)  Parades and football are also part of the festivities with the parade watching usually taking place 'before' the feast and football watching taking place 'after' the feast.   The traditional Thanksgiving dessert, in both countries, is pumpkin pie. 

Pumpkin Pie is an open-faced single crust pie shell that is filled with a smooth custard-like filling made with pumpkin puree, eggs, cream or milk, sugar, and spices (mixture usually consisting of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves).  It is considered a "soft" pie because it is made with an unbaked crust and uncooked filling that is baked until the crust has browned and the filling is set.  Another popular pie, especially in the Southern U.S., is the Pecan Pie.  It, like the pumpkin pie, is an open-faced single crust pie shell that is filled with a custard-like filling.  But, unlike the pumpkin pie, the filling isn't smooth, as it is chock full of toasted and chopped pecans which makes this pie very rich and decadent. continued below  

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Roll

Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with butter and a combination of white and brown sugars which produces a rich and chewy cookie with caramelized edges. more Pumpkin Cookies have a wonderfully soft and spongy texture and taste of pumpkin and its complementary spices (ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves). Absolutely delicious with a cream cheese frosting. more This lovely Pumpkin Roll consists of sweet and moist pumpkin sponge roll wrapped around a tangy cream cheese filling. more
Lemon Frosted Lemon Cake Cornbread Recipe Cherry Pie
A simple pound-like cake that has a wonderful citrus flavor that comes from adding both lemon zest and juice to the batter. more This Cornbread has a lovely golden brown cracked crust with edges that are nice and crispy. Inside the cornbread is soft and dense, with a crumbly texture. Wonderful warm from the oven. more This homemade Cherry Pie, encased in a delicious buttery pastry, is full of the sweet flavor of cherries. more

Sponge Cake filled with Raspberry Cream

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Cranberry Orange Bread

Sponge Cakes presented in this way have a beautiful pinwheel design and they are often filled with toppings like lemon curd, jam or preserves, fruit sauces, chopped nuts, ganache. more. Chocolate Pecan Pie is a rich combination of toasted pecans, sugar, corn syrup, butter, and eggs which gives this pie a soft and gooey texture. more Cranberry Orange Bread combines the tartness of fresh cranberries with the sweet citrus flavor of freshly squeezed orange juice. Delicious! more

Shortbread Tarts with Cream and Fruit

Brownie Tart

Apple Frangipane Tart

These rich and buttery miniature shortbread tarts are filled with a delicious cream filling made with cream cheese, condensed milk and lemons. Garnish with fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or kiwi slices. more This recipe takes brownies out of the realm of casual food and makes them an elegant dessert. more The almond filling (Frangipane) is a pastry cream made with almond paste that has a delicious almond flavor. more

Coconut Cake

Yellow Butter Cake

Pumpkin Muffins

This cake consists of layers of moist coconut-flavored butter cake that are filled with a tangy lemon curd and then the entire cake is frosted with a smooth and shiny 7-Minute Frosting and sweetened coconut. more This Yellow Butter Cake has two moist and buttery cake layers that are filled and frosted with a delicious chocolate frosting. more These pumpkins muffins taste great. They contain whole wheat flour, bran, pumpkin puree, raisins, and yogurt (or buttermilk). more

Chocolate Cheesecake

Lemon Tart

Cranberry Galette

A Chocolate Cheesecake is a real showstopper that combines three delicious layers of chocolate. The cheesecake layer is smooth and creamy that will remind you of a thick chocolate mousse. more This Lemon Tart has a buttery shortbread crust, a creamy lemon filling, and lovely swirls of whipped cream on top. Absolutely Delicious. more This makes the perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert; ruby red cranberries and walnuts encased in a buttery flavored pastry. more

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Toffee Sauce

Thumbprint Cookies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies take two round domed shaped pumpkin cookies and sandwich them together with a soft and creamy vanilla filling. more Pumpkin Bread Pudding is a delicious combination of cubed bread that is soaked in a rich custard containing cream, pumpkin puree, and spices. more A seasonal favorite, buttery balls of dough are rolled in toasted nuts and filled with jam. These little gems get their name from the fact you use your "thumb" to make an indentation into each ball of dough for the jam. more

Gingerbread Men

Pecan Tassies

Individual Cheesecakes

Christmas baking wouldn't seem complete without a batch of gingerbread men. Fragrant with ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves the amount of which can be adjusted to suit your own individual taste. more Pecan Tassies are like miniature pecan pies with their lovely golden brown crusts and their sweet and gooey pecan filling. more Individual Cheesecakes have a lovely creamy smooth texture and are wonderfully rich. more

Melting Moments

Pecan Squares

Chocolate Truffles

Melting Moments are a delicious shortbread-like cookie covered with confectioners sugar that literally melt-in-your-mouth. more Pecan Squares are the perfect combination of a shortbread crust topped with a chewy and gooey pecan filling. more These rich and elegant, bite-sized round petit fours are made from a mixture of dark or white chocolate and cream (ganache) to which various flavorings can be added: butter, liqueurs, extracts, nuts, coffee, purees, spices, candied or dried fruits. more

Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate & Raspberries

Pecan Shortbreads

Linzer Cookies

Shortbreads are a buttery cookie (biscuit) that taste absolutely delicious when sandwiched together with raspberry jam and grated white chocolate. more

Pecan Shortbread Cookies have a deep golden brown color and come out of the oven wonderfully crisp and crunchy. more

Linzer Cookies use the same ingredients as the Linzertorte but present them in a different way. Two cookies are sandwiched together with a layer of preserves. more

Mexican Wedding Cakes/Russian Tea Cakes

Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Fudge

These melt-in-your mouth, shortbread-like cookies go by many names; a Russian Tea Cake, a Mexican Wedding Cake, an Italian Butter Nut, a Southern Pecan Butterball, a Snowdrop, a Viennese Sugar Ball and a Snowball. more Loaded with oats, this version produces a crisp and chewy cookie that can be filled with chocolate chips (white or dark chocolate), dried fruits, and/or chopped nuts. more There seems to be a consensus that fudge making began on American women's college campuses during the 1890s. more

Gingerbread Cake

Nutty Chocolate Cake (No Bake)

Chocolate Torte

This cake is very nice plain but it is absolutely delicious when frosted with a lemon flavored icing. The lemon frosting recipe given here dries to a beautiful, satiny smooth, crusty finish. more This wonderful chocolate cake is like making your own chocolate bar. Besides its wonderful taste, this recipe is appealing because there is no baking involved and it contains only four ingredients; chocolate, butter, nuts, and digestive biscuits. more Chocolate Torte is rich and chocolately cake with an almost pudding-like texture. more

Pecan Custard Tart

Linzer Torte

Pavlova

A Pecan Custard Tart has a smooth and creamy custard filling that provides a nice balance to the slightly bittersweet pecan. more Linzertorte originated in Linz, Austria and is very distinctive looking with its beautiful golden brown crust, filled with ruby red preserves peeking through the pretty lattice design. more This meringue cake, with its unusual soft sweet marshmallow center and crisp crust is produced by folding a little vinegar and cornstarch into the stiffly beaten egg whites and sugar. more

Fruit Tart (Tarte aux Fruits)

Key Lime Pie

Raspberry Crostata

Everyone loves the elegance of a fruit tart with its topping of beautiful fresh fruit. Whether you use a single fruit (like strawberries) or a medley of berries, sliced kiwi, plums, bananas, pineapple, and/or melon no one can resist its beauty. more Key Lime Pie has a sweet and grainy graham cracker crust, a creamy and tangy lime flavored filling, and is topped with a soft and fluffy whipped cream. more This rustic looking Raspberry Crostata combines the sharp flavor of homemade raspberry jam with a crisp and crumbly short crust pastry. more

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cranberry Upside Down Muffins

Homemade Mincemeat Tart

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches combine delicious chocolate cookies filled with white chocolate chips and pumpkin ice cream. more Cranberry Upside Down Muffins start with a glistening cranberry sauce, flavored with orange, that is topped with a moist cake-like batter. more This Mincemeat Tart has a lovely lattice pastry crust and is filled with homemade mincemeat. more

Cranberry Shortbread Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Sponge Cake

Cranberry Shortbread Bars have two layers of buttery shortbread with a lovely tangy cranberry layer in between. more Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins have a buttery flavor, dense texture, and are full of chocolate chips. more This is a deliciously moist chocolate sponge cake that melts in your mouth. Can be filled with plain, chocolate, or raspberry whipped cream. more

Ricotta Cheesecake with Cran-Raspberry Sauce

Vanilla Cupcakes (Fairy Cakes)

Butter Tarts

Ricotta and cream cheese are used in this cheesecake which makes it both light and fluffy and smooth and creamy. more Vanilla Cupcakes are wonderfully sweet and buttery and are frosted with a lovely Buttercream. more These Butter Tarts consist of flaky pastry shells that are filled with a sweet mixture of butter, brown sugar, and eggs. more

Rum Balls

Cranberry Christmas Cake

Pound Cake

Rum balls are the perfect adult indulgence for as their name implies, 'rum' balls contain rum and since we do not bake these cookies the alcohol taste and content are not lost during baking. more This Cranberry Christmas Cake consists of a chocolate genoise that is split in half, filled with chocolate cream and candied cranberries, and covered with a snowy white whipped cream frosting. more This Pound Cake is wonderfully rich and buttery with a lovely golden brown crust. more
German Chocolate Cake Pumpkin Cake Pumpkin Cupcakes
This beautiful German Chocolate Cake has three moist layers of chocolate cake, with a sweet and gooey caramel frosting, laced with coconut and pecans. more I particularly enjoy this honey colored Pumpkin Cake with its shiny chocolate glaze. This cake is full of flavor and keeps fresh for days, thanks to the pumpkin puree and canola oil. more Pumpkin Cupcakes take a dense and moist pumpkin cupcake and frost it with a tangy cream cheese frosting and a sprinkling of nuts. more
Pumpkin Bars No Bake Cheesecake Rocky Road Brownies
Pumpkin Bars are a delicious combination of a hazelnut shortbread crust and a creamy smooth pumpkin filling. Lovely garnished with a piped rosette of whipped cream. more A No Bake Cheesecake combines a graham cracker crust with a light and creamy no-bake cheesecake filling. The finishing touch is a sweet cherry topping. more Rocky Road Brownies are amazing, with their deep chocolate flavor and dense fudge-like texture topped with gooey melted marshmallows jumbled together with chocolate chips and nuts. more
Profiteroles Hummingbird Cake Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Sweet Profiteroles are delicious. This dessert takes small, crisp, hollow rounds of choux pastry and fills them with ice cream and drizzles a warm chocolate sauce over the top. more This Hummingbird Cake is moist and flavorful with chopped pecans, crushed pineapple, and mashed bananas. It is frosted with a delicious cream cheese frosting. more This Cream Cheese Pound Cake has a wonderful rich and buttery flavor, moist texture, and a golden brown crust that is both sweet and crisp. more
Vanilla Cake Angel Food Cake White Butter Cake
This Vanilla Cake has a sweet buttery flavor and a moist velvety texture. The buttercream frosting used to both fill and frost the cake has a sweet and buttery flavor with a light and fluffy texture. more Angel Food Cake has a sweet golden brown crust and a soft and spongy, snowy white interior. more This White Butter Cake has a sweet and buttery flavor and a light and fluffy texture. A layer of jam is placed between the cake layers and it is also filled and frosted with  a delicious cream cheese frosting. more
Yellow Cupcakes Chocolate Angel Food Cake Tiramisu
Yellow Cupcakes are wonderfully rich and moist with a sweet and buttery flavor. They are frosted with a delicious chocolate fudge frosting. more This cake is also called an Angel Cake, so named as its airy lightness is said to be the "food of the angels." more Tiramisu is made by layering cake (or ladyfingers), that have been soaked in spirits, with a rich custard. more
Easy Fruit Tart Cranberry Raisin Pie Peanut Butter Pie
This Easy Fruit Tart has a buttery sweet shortbread crust, a creamy smooth filling made with mascarpone cheese and heavy cream, and lots of beautiful fresh fruit. more Cranberry Raisin Pie has two layers of buttery crisp pastry with a rich and spicy filling full of cranberries, dried fruit, chunks of apple, nuts, and candied peel. more This elegant Peanut Butter Pie has a chocolate crust, a rich and creamy peanut butter filling, and a smooth chocolate Ganache topping. Tastes like a giant peanut butter cup. more
Coconut Cream Pie Recipe Chocolate Pie Chocolate Butter Cake
A Coconut Cream Pie takes a buttery crisp prebaked pastry crust and fills it with a coconut flavored cream and a whipped cream topping. more Chocolate pie starts with a buttery crisp shortbread crust that is topped with a smooth and creamy chocolate filling. The finishing touch is swirls of softly whipped cream. more This beautiful Chocolate Butter Cake has two layers of moist and tender chocolate butter cake sandwiched together and frosted with a delicious chocolate frosting. more
   
Crème Brûlée
  Crème Brûlée is decadent dessert that takes a rich, vanilla flavored, baked custard and tops it with a layer of crisp caramelized sugar. more  
Continued from above.

Now, there are other desserts that are traditionally served at this feast, but these often vary from family to family as well as by region of the country.  But if your dessert menu is looking for something new this year, may I offer some suggestions.  For the pumpkin lover, besides pumpkin pie, try either the Pumpkin Spice Cake or the Pumpkin Cheesecake as it combines that classic New York-style cheesecake (always a favorite) with pumpkin puree and its complementary spices.  Other real showstoppers are the raspberry-topped Chocolate Genoise, the truffle-topped Chocolate Hazelnut Torte, the Raspberry Cream-filled Sponge Cake, the beautifully topped Fruit Tart, or the brilliantly colored Red Velvet Cake.  More homey desserts are the Apple Pie, Apple Crisp, or the Cranberry Pear and Apple Crumble.  Of course, we cannot forget the children, and nothing pleases them more than cookies, whether that is Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Fudge, or deliciously decorated Gingerbread Men.  

We will soon be heading into the busy Holiday Season which means decorating the house, buying gifts and lots and lots of baking.  So for now, take the time to give thanks and enjoy the company of your family and friends. 

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 
 
     
 

 

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