Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

What's a Thanksgiving dinner without a table full of delicious desserts? Read the Buzzle article for some easy-to-follow recipes that'll make your holiday a day to remember.
Serving dessert at the end of a meal is not just customary, but a delight for all. No dinner can be complete without tasty desserts to hog on. Once the magnificent Thanksgiving dinner is over, out comes the fabulous dessert trays. Every year, you may have been preparing pumpkin or apple pies; but this year, why not make something different. Surprise everyone at the dinner table and get them excited with our fantastic desserts for people of all ages.

Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients
  • Sugar, ¼ cup
  • Heavy cream, ¾ cup
  • Bittersweet chocolate, 2 oz.
  • Cocoa powder, unsweetened, chopped, 2 tablespoons
  • Eggs yolks, large, 4
  • Pinch of salt
Directions

Take a double boiler, add whisked egg yolks, sugar, and pinch of salt. Over low heat, whisk the mixture till the sugar dissolves completely. Remove the bowl off the heat to add chopped chocolate bits. After the chocolate melts, add cocoa powder and mix again. Leave the liquid aside to cool down. In a different bowl, whisk the cream till it turns into whip cream. When the chocolate mixture is cold, fold in the whipped cream. Make sure you don't stir or anything; it has to be folded into the chocolate in one direction. Take 4 different serving plates and divide the mousse accordingly. Leave in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Once the mousse is chilled, serve with chocolate shavings.

Banana-Bourbon Cake

Ingredients
  • All-purpose flour, 2¼ cups
  • Granulated sugar, 1½ cups
  • Heavy cream, 1 cup
  • Buttermilk, ½ cup
  • Sour cream, ¾ cup
  • Bourbon, ¾ cup
  • Salt, ½ teaspoon
  • Unsalted butter, room temperature, 10 tablespoons
  • Confectioner's sugar, 2 tablespoons
  • Dark brown sugar, 2 tablespoons
  • Vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon
  • Baking soda, ¾ teaspoon
  • Baking powder, ½ teaspoon
  • Eggs, large, 3
  • Bananas, 3
Directions

I know that the ingredients' list on this dessert is really long, but it's a simple dessert. First of all, preheat the oven at 350ºF. Next, take two 8'' round cake pans and grease and flour them properly. In a small bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Keep the bowl on the side till we need it. Now, in an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs yolks one by one and mix properly. Take a different bowl to mash bananas with buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add to the electric mixer slowly, and mix thoroughly.

As for the egg whites, beat them till they turn frothy and fold inside the batter in the electric mixer. In the 2 greased pans, separate the batter equally and bake for about half an hour or so. Bring the pans out and let the cakes cool down. In a bowl, you will whisk the cream and confectioner's sugar till it's frothy. Fold the sour cream in the end and spread over the cakes and layer them. Take the cake and keep in the refrigerator for an hour to chill. Now comes the bananas. You will slice them equally, melt the butter in a pan, and sizzle the slices till golden brown. Add the sugar; this helps in browning the bananas. In the end, you will pour the bourbon in the pan and torch it with a match. Be careful when the bananas catch fire. Let the banana slices get tossed in the sauce.

To serve this delicious cake, bring the cake out of the refrigerator, place the banana slices over the cake, and pour the sauce from the pan. Cut into slices, and enjoy.

Pecan Truffles

Ingredients
  • Dark chocolate, 7 oz.
  • Pecans, toasted, chopped, 2½ cups
  • Graham cracker, crumbs, 1 cup
  • Dark brown sugar, packed, 1 cup
  • Bourbon, ¼ cup
  • Maple syrup, 2 tablespoons
  • Vanilla, 1 teaspoon
  • Salt, ½ teaspoon
Directions

First of all, freeze a cookie sheet for about 2 hours. To make the pecan truffles, take a bowl to mix in graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, pecans, and salt together. Next you will mix the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and bourbon in. Mix the ingredients properly and make small balls, size depending on you. Take the frozen cookie sheet, place parchment paper over it, and place the pecan balls on it. Prepare a double boiler and melt the chocolate. With the help of the tongs, dip the pecan balls in melted chocolate and back on the sheet. Let them get firm; start digging in once ready.

Apart from these dessert recipes, you can read another Buzzle article on sugar-free Thanksgiving desserts for more recipes. When you make these delicious and easy to make recipes, trust me, your family and friends are going to get a happy surprise. Have fun making these desserts, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!