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Desserts for Thanksgiving

Updated on October 13, 2016
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Elsie has been cooking for sixty years and has many recipes. I'm sharing some with you, some are my mothers recipes, hope you enjoy baking.

Lemon Tart

Sweets - Desserts.

Homemade desserts or sweets are the easiest way to make inexpensive and delicious sweets, desserts or puddings for that special occasion Also when you make it yourself, you know exactly what has gone into the dishes you feed your family.

Cold desserts are always a joy to serve to guests, no one can pass on a good sweets dish, it is something you just cannot resist.

But a hot steam pudding with custard is even better when it's cold. Here are a few dessert dishes you can have prepared in advance, ready for any special meals.

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What Is A Pudding?

In my younger days, we always called a Dessert "Pudding", but in recent years you do not hear the word "Pudding" I thought I would check out what a pudding is. Though many don't like to admit it, using the term pudding or dessert has connotations of class. Using "Dessert" is thought to be posher than a homely pudding.

This distinction has eroded with more traditional recipes making a fashionable comeback in recent times; many restaurants (including top end eateries) using Pudding to refer to the sweet course on menus.

Types of Pudding, baked, steamed and boiled puddings, which I still make and the family love them.

Trifle Dessert

Delicious Desserts

It really doesn't matter what dessert you are wanting to make, in most cases, you will find a recipe that suits you on the internet. But it's always nice to have a recipe book that you can refer to when requiring something special, as in most cases you print one from your search and it is misplaced.

Happy cooking!

Strawberry Cheesecake

Chilled Cheesecake


2 1/2 cups crushed (10 oz ), 1 packet Digestive biscuits

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/3 cup of butter ( 2 1/2 oz) butter, melted


2 teaspoons gelatin

2 tablespoons water

8 oz pot cream cheese

8 oz pot sour cream

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

1 teaspoon vanilla essence


Finely crush biscuits.

Combine biscuits crumbs, lemon rind, juice, and butter.

Line the base and sides of an 8in springform tin with biscuits mixture.

Chill while preparing the filling.

Pour filling into prepared base.

Chill until set. Serves 6.


Combine gelatin and water.

Leave to swell for 10 minutes.

Beat cream cheese until soft.

Add sour cream and beat until well combined.

Add sugar, lemon juice, rind and vanilla.

Beat until sugar has dissolved.

Dissolve gelatin over hot water.

Stir through cheese mixture.

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Lemon Tart
Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

8 oz sweet short pastry

4 egg yolks

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

1/2 cup caster sugar

1 cup full cream milk


Roll pastry out on a lightly floured board to line a 8 in pie or quiche dish.

Bake blind at 400F for 15 minutes.

Remove baking blind material and cook for a further 3 minutes.

Beat egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon rind and sugar until combined.

Lightly beat in milk.

Pour into pastry shell.

Bake at 400F for 5 mins, then reduce temperature to 300F and cook for a further 20 minutes or until tart is set.

Serve warm or cold

Serves 4

Flourless Chocolate cake
Flourless Chocolate cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

8 oz cooking chocolate

1/4 cup butter

4 eggs

1/4 cup castor sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder


icing sugar

lightly whipped cream

fresh seasonal fruit

Melt chocolate and butter together over hot water or in a microwave.

Separate eggs.

Beat yolks and sugar together until thick and creamy.

Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.

Fold melted chocolate mixture, egg yolks, egg whites and baking powder together.

Pour mixture into 8in cake tin lined on the base with baking paper.

Bake at 350F for 25 to 30 minutes or until cake is set.

Stand in tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

The cake shrinks down as it cools.

When cold dust with icing sugar and serve with lightly whipped cream and fresh seasonal fruit.

Serves 4-6

Easy Bread Pudding Recipe

When it's cold the left-overs, I like with icecream, or custard.

Chocolate self-saucing pudding
Chocolate self-saucing pudding


  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 1/4 cups standard plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa


  1. METHOD:
  2. Beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla together.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa together.
  4. Fold in to beaten mixture.
  5. Spoon mixture into a greased ovenproof dish.
  6. Sauce:
  7. Combine all ingredients.
  8. Sprinkle sauce mixture over.
  9. Carefully pour boiling water over the back of a spoon onto the pudding.
  10. Bake at 350F for 35 minutes or until pudding springs back when lightly touched.
  11. Serve dusted with icing sugar.
5 stars from 1 rating of Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding

Do You Know?

Egg whites need to be at room temperature to gain their greatest whipped volume.

It is important to whisk egg whites in a clean bowl as any traces of grease can make the egg whites

harder to whip and decrease their volume.

Use a glass or metal to achieve maximum volume.

Fruit Crumble

Fruit Crumble
Fruit Crumble


  • 2 cups stewed fruit - e.g. apples plums apricots
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup standard plain flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. METHOD:
  2. Place stewed fruit in bottom of an ovenproof dish.
  3. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  4. Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl.
  5. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  6. Stir in sugar.
  7. Spoon the mixture over fruit.
  8. Bake at 375F for 30 minutes or until pale golden
  9. Wholemeal Crumble
  10. Replace flour with Wholemeal flour. Increase the butter to 1/3 cup of butter.

Time for this dessert will be different for everyone as no two freezers freeze the same.



  • 1 Quart size (32oz) chocolate ice cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • pint (16 oz) cream
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 cup chopped glace fruit


  1. Soften ice cream and mix in the vanilla essence.
  2. Use to line the base and sides of a pudding basin.
  3. Freeze until firm.
  4. Whip cream until stiff.
  5. Fold in icing sugar,almonds, chocolate and glace fruit.
  6. Use to fill the chocolate ice cream cavity.
  7. Cover with foil and freeze until firm.
  8. Un mould onto a serving plate by dipping bowl under hot water two or three times, then inverting onto a plate and shaking sharply.
  9. Cut into wedges to serve.

Bread Butter Pudding

Bread Butter Pudding
Bread Butter Pudding


  • 4 X 2 cm thick slices stale spiced fruit loaf
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • icing sugar


  1. METHOD:
  2. Cut bread into quarters and arrange over the base of an ovenproof dish.
  3. Beat eggs, milk, cream and lemon rind together until combined.
  4. Pour through a sieve over bread.
  5. Bake in a bain marie at 350F for 30 to 35 minutes or until set.
  6. Serve dusted with icing sugar.

Sherry Trifle

8 oz packet trifle sponge

1/4 cup raspberry or apricot jam

1/4 cup sherry

16 oz can fruit salad

4 tablespoons custard powder

1 tablespoon sugar

2 cups milk

2 egg whites

Pint (16 oz) cream

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 tablespoon icing sugar

1/4 cup chopped nuts


Cut the sponge in half horizontally,

Spread cut surface with jam.

Sandwich halves together.

Cut into cubes then put into serving dish.

Spoon sherry over sponge.

Spoon fruit salad and juice evening over sponge.

Set aside.

Mix custard powder and sugar and 1/2 cup of the measured milk in a saucepan.

Stir in remaining milk.

Heat to boiling then simmer for 2 or 3 minutes or until thicken.

Stir constantly.

Remove from the heat.

Cover and leave until cool.

When custard has cooled, beat egg whites until stiff, fold custard into egg whites.

Pour custard over fruit salad in serving dish.

Chill until set.

Beat cream until thick. Stir in vanilla and icing sugar.

Decorate trifle with cream and nuts

Serves 6-8

© 2011 Elsie Hagley

Do You Cook A Meal Especially For Thanks-Giving Day?

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @WriterJanis2: You're welcome, wish I could give you a slice. Have a nice day.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I'll take a slice of your cheesecake please!

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      sojourner-1 5 years ago

      My family takes the kitchen over and I love it!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Years ago I decided to give up the huge thanksgiving meal preparation due to health reasons. It was so tiring that I could not be thankful for thanksgiving. We now have a smaller meal with just my husband and I and it works out very well for us.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      my sister does.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      some very tasty recipes, making my mouth water just reading them

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      Those looks extremely tasty!

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      wolfie10 5 years ago

      very yummy. i have to try some of the recipes. thanks

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      Awesome lens

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      hamshi5433 5 years ago

      ahhh love all the chocolaty items here...deliiiiiiiiciiious!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      yes, i do. i love to serve a cherry square for dessert.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      and now, I'm hungry. ;) Blessed!

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      lucky izan 5 years ago

      looks delicious

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tip about beating egg whites (I always find glass bowls work the best, but I wasn't sure why). Yummy lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Blessed! Please add this to the non-Zazzle plexo on my Zazzle and Blessings for November 2011 lens.

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      Delicious recipes! a perfect idea for Thanksgiving.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your cheesecake grabbed me and your lemon tart took me to the ground, I'll be right over for the samples you'll be giving out! Turkey dinner is traditional but I like wild game and one of my sons asks for pizza.

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      spartakct 5 years ago

      Good choices! cool lens!

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      In Holland we don't celebrate Thanksgiving and we are not in the habit of eating cake or pie after dinner.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Ooh, what fabulous choices! That cheese-cake looks absolutely delicious. Love the sound of the choc self-saucing pudding too! :)

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      MagpieNest 5 years ago

      We don't have thanks-giving in the UK. But we might start if we get to have puddings like this!

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      food monkey 5 years ago

      yes, some traditions like turkey and sour cream and raisin pie are always there :)

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      ZCademy 5 years ago from Northeast North America, Earth

      We have no family in the area, so we get together with close friends and share a wonderful communal meal.

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      Marie 5 years ago

      I'm in the UK and we don't celebrate Thanksgiving. But these are yummy deserts for sure - I love trifle and I make it in tons of variations, not just the standard one. My fav trifle is one I call Black Forest Trifle which has cherries set in strawberry jelly (jello) then a layer of chocolate custard, a layer of whipped cream with melted chocolate drizzled over the top and decorated with glace cherries. My last trifle was chocolate orange with orange jello and chocolate custard and that tasted divine too. Good luck with the tier 1 challenge!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We do even when we are not in Canada.