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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Best Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas - [Ideas From N To Z]

I repeat! It's Thanksgiving, what's for dessert?
In part one I got halfway through my suggestions for the best Thanksgiving dessert ideas; I left off at Mincemeat Pies. So in case you didn't choose a dessert for your menu from the first half of the alphabet perhaps there is something to whet your appetite in what follows.
[N] Napoleons. These pastries originating from France are not only delicious but are beautiful to behold. They consist of alternating layers of flaky puff pastry and cream filling, delicate to look at and heavenly to consume.
[O] Orange Cream Ice Sherbert. ['Nuff said!]
[P] Plum Pecan Tarts. This is a French free-form tart that uses a variety of plums, raisins, and caramelized pecans [sometimes walnut] also called a Galette. The plums are quartered and arranged on a nut mixture spread on a pre-baked crust and shaped.. So many online recipes and images, your mouth will water just searching. [Warning: Don't do this when you're hungry.]

A dessert of royal distinction.
[Q] Queen Elizabeth Cakes. This dessert originates from Quebec, Canada dating back to WWII. It is made with dates and walnuts and crowned with a broiled coconut topping. It is reputed to have been a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II, served at her wedding in 1947 when as Princess Elizabeth she married Phillip Mountbatten. It remains a highly popular dessert in the UK, Canada and the US.
[R] Raspberry Mousse. This light and lovely desert can be made with the fruit of choice, strawberry for instance or even pumpkin. (But then I guess you'd have to change the name as well.)
[S] Strawberry Shortcake. This is another very flexible offering that could accommodate a multitude of filling choices. Only your imagination limits.
[T] Tiramisu. Here is another beautiful work of tasty art. It's a classic Italian dessert made with espresso and ladyfingers layered in a rich creamy filling (mascarpone).
A dessert to flip over!
[U] Upside Down Cakes. Here again is another foundational dessert because it can be expressed in so many ways with so many combinations. It comes to us from the UK. As a kid growing up and learning my way around the kitchen at my mother's side, I learned quite early to make upside down cakes. [My folks were from the British Virgin Islands so perhaps my mom grew up acquainted with this, who knows]. Anyway my all-time favorite was the pineapple upside cake with cherries in the center of the pineapple slice. It was foolproof! I never had to worry about the shape being even [as you had to consider in a layer cake] or any other restrictions you find with other baked goods. It could be made in any size pan. Round, square or rectangle each mostly guaranteeing a perfect outcome. When Imoved out on my own, I indulged in making mini individual cakes using large muffin tins when eating solo or entertaining small groups... Those were the days. [I'm hearing Edith Bunker's voice now singing as only she could.]
[V] Vanilla Cream Pie. Or... Chocolate or... Strawberry or... you get the picture.
[W] Watermelon Pie. Now this is a new one for me. I had never heard of it until my research for this article. Its origin is Greek. and it's made with watermelon gelatin and whipped topping then refrigerated, it resembles a chiffon pie because of its lightness and graham cracker crust. It's colorful and calorie conscious too.
[X] For all my research I could not find a dessert idea that starts with X. If any of you reading this know of one, please share. It would have to be Xtrordinary don't you think?
[Y] Yema Balls. This entry is a Filipino contribution also was also unknown to me previously. It's a 'hands on' dessert (a custard candy) made from thickened sweet condensed milk and egg yolks, the end product being shaped into balls and rolled in sugar. They're also known as Pastillas in the Philippines (but if I'd used that name I wouldn't have an entry for the letter Y.)
[Z] Zucchini Muffins. Well I'll round out my dessert ideas with these zucchini muffins which is only fitting because this brings back so many memories from my childhood. For as long as I can remember growing up my Dad maintained a garden in our backyard. Lining the entire perimeter of our backyard was my Dad's collection of rosebushes. He cultivated many types of roses sometimes as many as 30+ all fragrant and beautiful. He also kept a large vegetable garden. Besides the huge tomatoes carrots and cabbages Dad grew the biggest zucchinis I had ever seen. [He had the greenest thumb.] They were 20+ inches long and 4 or 5 in. in diameter, so you can imagine how often we ate zucchinis. One of the ways my Mom used up all our constant bounty was in zucchini bread. [And she made the best.zucchini bread around.] When my siblings and I grew to adulthood and moved to the four corners of the country (raising our respective families) Mom would package up her 'legendary' zucchini bread and ship us our cherished "love" loaves. It was like Santa had come to town. It's wonderful when fond memories can be triggered by such simple things. Miss those days. Okay, I'm remembering the yummy times. These days I head to the bakery to satisfy my taste for zucchini bread.
So, I hope this has given you something to think about. Perhaps it has even stirred some fond memories for you as well. That would be great especially at this time of the year. If this helps you to cross one item off your to-do list or create a tradition for you and your family, I've accomplished my goal.
Happy planning and Happy Thanksgiving.
Leave me a comment if you've been helped at all by my list of the best Thanksgiving dessert ideas that I could think of.
Till next time, God willing.
Copr. 2013 Karen Hodge
Hi! I'm Karen.
I have a genuine curiosity about many things - how traditions came to be, who invented what, why we do things the way we do them and what influences our behavior. Generally you can find my articles at

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