UNITED STATES—I love desserts America, but at the same time, Thanksgiving can be overwhelming when it comes to sweet treats. I would argue pies are way more popular than any other sweet treat when it comes to the Thanksgiving feast. Of course we know the Apple pie is the star, and there are various ways to make it. Preferably, I love a lattice pie or one with double crust. However, you have peach, blueberry, cherry, pumpkin, sweet potato, banana cream, Pecan; the list goes on and on. There are also cheesecakes which can be crafted as well.
However, if the pie is not your cup of tea, you have cake. Those cakes include: carrot cake, coconut cake, red velvet, German Chocolate, Italian Crème, caramel cake and so many other options. I myself am a cake person. The moist, decadence and icing that comes with cake runs miles against pies in my personal opinion. So many people aren’t a fan of it because the decadence can make someone stuffed beyond their taste buds.
The one thing I’ve always noticed at the Thanksgiving dinner table is the fact that people always, forget about the dessert. I mean I have seen festivities where the sole dessert was one pie. Please tell me, how in the world do you plan on a small Apple pie or a pumpkin pie to feed at least 10 people? Guess what America it will not! This is where I make the argument that if you’re hosting, you get your guests involved on brining a dessert as a dish.
It’s easy because for those who aren’t cooks, they can visit the local supermarket and pick up a pie or a cake. Heck, if they are members of Costco or Sam’s Club they can bring in one of those massive Apple pies or pumpkin pies, which is certain to feed an army of people. For those who are bakers don’t feel the need to overdo it. Keep it simple. If you’re looking to do something that will accommodate many, consider baking chocolate chip cookies or brownies. You also have the option to consider a bread pudding, a rice pudding or a cobbler of sorts. That is the thing I love when it comes to desserts: the options are slightly limitless in most fashions.
Don’t ask every single guest coming to your abode to bring a dessert. You don’t want to have so many desserts that you have leftovers you have no idea what to do with. Sweets are great, but as we all know they are NOT great for your health. So moderation matters, and considering that temptation is hard for so many of us to resist one should tread carefully. I’m prone to make a special dessert or two just for the house, meaning it’s not really for the guests, it’s for the immediate family. Look at it this way; it’s that special treat for your close loved ones and no one else.
Whatever dessert you plan to craft, you want to ensure that you are preparing something sweet that people enjoy, don’t experiment people. I have to say this all the time, but I continue to see people try something new, and it becomes an utter disaster. Do what you know and if you don’t know how, ask someone who does to take that stress away from you. We’ve gone over all the important things, so now it’s time to prepare for Turkey Day, it’s less than a week away, so the coming days will be a ton of stress for some, but if you prepare as I advise, it won’t be that bad at all.
Written By Kelsey Thomas