Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend so it’s time to start thinking about the dinner menu. Turkey will be on most tables and I’ve given a number of suggestions for excellent side dishes (Thanksgiving Side Dishes). However, for many people, the highlight of the holiday meal is dessert.
Pumpkin and apple pies are popular choices, however, I sometimes enjoy serving desserts that are a bit different yet still seasonally appropriate. Pears, apples, pumpkin, nuts and cranberries are abundant at markets right now so it’s the perfect time to incorporate them into your menu.
Here are a few suggestions for a delicious finish to the Thanksgiving feast:
Pumpkin Pie with Maple-Walnut Praline – This impressive looking dessert is easy to make. If you don’t feel like fussing with the praline, the filling makes a delicious basic pumpkin pie.
Apple Pie – A classic. Be sure to serve it warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Apple-Caramel Tart – An elegant alternative to apple pie. It’s made with frozen puff pastry, making the preparation quick and easy.
Harvest Strudel – Pears, apples, cranberries, nuts and warming spices make this dessert a nice change from basic pie.
Pear and Pecan Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce – A rich caramel sauce poured over a decadent pear and nut-studded pudding takes this comfort food dish to new levels.
Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Tartlets – Raspberry season is over in most areas, however, this recipe works just as well with frozen berries.
Maple-Caramel Custards with Sea Salt – This rich custard showcases the flavour of maple beautifully. If you can find some colourful maple leaves that have fallen, they make a fun presentation.
Bon Appétit and Happy Thanksgiving!