Thanksgiving: Dessert edition

My favorite Thanksgiving course: dessert. If I were to be honest, I would skip the turkey and the stuffing and green beans and go straight for the dessert. Every. Single. Time.

If you’re still in need of something to bring to family dinner, or you want to change up your menu at the eleventh hour, here are 3 Thanksgiving desserts I’ve made in the last week. Each one delectable!

Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake from Betty Crocker

My layers didn’t turn out quite so exact, but it still tasted great. Even if you’re not a pumpkin pie person, this one is tasty. Mostly cream cheese, with a hint of pumpkin, on a crust of gingersnaps. Delicious.

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Apple Pie from allrecipes.com

This is the only apple pie I will ever make. For a tutorial on lattice tops, click here.

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Spiced Apple Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting adapted from Naturally Ella

IMG_0873You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 green apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly

For the frosting, you’ll need:

  • 1- 8 oz package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and butter a bundt pan.

2. Add the milk to a small sauce pan and whisk in the spices and vanilla. Heat over medium until the milk simmers. Remove from heat, add butter, and stir until the butter is fully melted. Allow to cool.

3. Peel and core your apples, slicing them thinly.

4. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. In a smaller bowl, combine cooled milk mixture, eggs, yogurt, and sugar.

5. Pour a small amount of batter in the bottom, and then layer on about 1/3 of your apple slices. Continue to repeat, making batter the last layer. The original recipe recommends three layers of apples.

IMG_08696. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 375 degrees. Allow to cool in pan. Once it is nearly cool, flip cake onto serving platter.

7. When the cake is entirely cool, make your frosting. Cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add vanilla and heavy whipping cream. Add half of the powdered sugar. Once incorporated, add 1 more cup. If the frosting is still not this enough, add the remaining half a cup. Frost your cake! Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you will be filled with good food and refreshed with good fellowship.

Saturday Small Talk

It’s a winter wonderland out there, folks. A snow globe. Winter might actually stick around for good this time.

IMG_0855I’m off to Thanksgiving 2013 Gathering #1. We don’t see this side of the family often, so I’m excited to catch up and enjoy some traditional Thanksgiving eats. Check back on Tuesday for a feature on the desserts I made. Here’s hoping they taste as good as they look!

In the meantime, here’s some reading from around the blog world to keep you entertained and inspired this blustery, November weekend.

Shauna Niequist shared about her mom in one of her posts last week. As another woman who is so blessed to have an inspiring mother, I share many of her sentiments!

18 things everyone should start making time for again.

I can’t wait to try this recipe for fish and chips.

Dave Ramsey lists 5 apps that will help you save money this Christmas. And who couldn’t be fine with that?

Wondering when the most effective time to drink your cup of joe is? Science has the answer.

Happy weekend, friends!