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Creative Thanksgiving Recipes: Delicious Desserts
Ditch the Boring Ol' Pumpkin Pie and Try...
Thanksgiving is coming up and you might be in charge of Thanksgiving dessert. Maybe you're looking to bake a Thanksgiving dessert that is outside of the box this year? Ditch the boring ol' pumpkin pie recipe that everyone uses every Thanksgiving and go with a more creative Thanksgiving dessert this year. The great thing about being creative for Thanksgiving is that you can still incorporate everyone's favorite Thanksgiving dessert ingredients, but use your imagination to find or create your own creative Thanksgiving dessert!
My first suggestion for those who don't have a creative culinary bone in their bodies, check out the recipe websites that never fail us - Martha Stewart, Paula Deen, and Rachael Ray. I can honestly say that every Martha Stewart recipe I've ever used has turned out fabulously, and there is a cornucopia of creative Thanksgiving dessert recipes and ideas on her website just waiting for you to try out for your creative Thanksgiving dessert this year. The one I found incredibly appealing, with a classic feel but a new twist is the recipe for Pumpkin flan in a pastry shell. That yummy creative Thanksgiving dessert is the picture to the right and the recipe is posted in the link for the picture. Give it a shot...it'll give you the nostalgia of pumpkin pie but is surely thinking outside of the box!
If you're really wanting to stick with a humble pie for Thanksgiving, ditch the pumpkin altogether and try making a rhubarb pie or peach-rhubarb pie. You could even wrap the entire pie in crust, such as the pies above-right. Talk about a creative Thanksgiving dessert that's still classic!
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Creative Thanksgiving Dessert - Make Turkey Cupcakes!
Turkey Cupcake Recipe - A Fun and Creative Thanksgiving Dessert
This is a creative Thanksgiving recipe that is actually by Betty Crocker. I'm sure you could probably find one exactly like it on Betty Crocker's website, as it is quite popular for creative Thanksgiving desserts. Cupcakes are all the craze as of lately, and if you're obsessed with making cupcakes, try making Turkey Cupcakes as a creative Thanksgiving dessert this Thanksgiving. This particular recipe is simple and doesn't take too much time, as you will not be making all of your ingredients from scratch.
What You'll Need:
Devil's Food Cake Mix
All Ingredients Required on Cake Mix Box to Make Cake
2 containers of chocolate frosting
white decorating icing
brown decorating gel
pack of candy corn
candy sprinkles for decorating
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Make your cupcakes and cool them according to the cake mix box.
2. Wait until your cupcakes are cooled and then apply the chocolate frosting to the tops.
3. Use white decorating icing to dot the eyes, and use candy corns for the beaks. Pipe extra frosting to the backs and then use candy corns and stand them up around the back to make the feathers.
4. Sprinkle the sprinkles near the head and at the base of the feathers.
Serve with a smile!
Butter Pecan Parfait
What You'll Need:
1 pint butter pecan ice cream
3/4 cup butterscotch sauce
1/3 cup chopped pecan meats
1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped
Fill parfait glasses 1/3 full with ice cream. Add butterscotch sauce and sprinkle with nut meats. Repeat until glasses are almost full. Top with whipped cream. Serves 6.
Vintage Creative Thanksgiving Desserts Recipes
When modern day thanksgiving recipes aren't appeasing my search for creative Thanksgiving desserts, I take it back to the old school and search through my great grandmother's cookbooks. Here are three of my favorite creative Thanksgiving desserts a la′ vintage:
What says "holidays" like a cup of cold, fresh eggnog? Why not get super creative and make a creative Thanksgiving dessert of eggnog pie?
What You'll Need:
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
4 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons rum
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 baked pastry shell
Whipped Cream for topping
Chopped toasted almonds
Soften gelatin in cold water for 5 minutes. Combine egg yolks with half the sugar. Add salt and hot water and cook over boiling water until mixture coats a spoon. Add gelatin and dissolve in hot custard. Cool. When mixture begins to thicken, beat egg whites until stiff, beat in remaining sugar, rum and nutmeg and fold into mixture. Turn into pastry shell and chill. Spread with whipped cream and sprinkle with almonds. Makes one 9" pie.
Skip the heavy Thanksgiving desserts and go for a Thanksgiving dessert that's a bit lighter. Try out a butter pecan parfait this Thanksgiving. Talk about a creative Thanksgiving dessert that won't make you feel like you're going to pop!
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