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.

December!

Christmas. New Years. My favorite.

November was pretty great, as well. Here’s a snapshot of what happened:

  • Dinner with the husband’s family on Thanksgiving Day was lovely. I made an apple pie.
  • We didn’t roast a whole turkey. I was bummed! No good sales post-Thanksgiving, so it wasn’t worth it. Maybe around Christmas we’ll get lucky?
  • I made burritos! And Chicken Tortilla Soup. And stromboli. But no potato soup or chicken and biscuits. Next month?
  • I ran a few times! Better than nothing, right?
  • I bought a few Christmas presents. We’re headed out shopping on Sunday afternoon, so maybe we can knock out a few more then.
  • Piano lesson marketing is going quite well, actually. I have a couple of new gigs thanks to the letters I sent out!

December!

  • Decorate a Christmas tree. Our first Christmas tree! And my first live Christmas tree since I moved out of my parents’ house. This is big.
  • Make some goodies! I want to try to make my own almond paste and then make some yummy Christmas treats with it. Also, keep cooking and crossing things off the list. Things like potato soup, chicken and biscuits, and chicken pot pie.
  • Keep moving. And moving. And moving. Run some. Swim some. Go to at least one yoga class.
  • Avoid last minute Christmas presents. At all costs.
  • Enjoy a lovely Christmas week of changed routine, time off of work, and the opportunity to hang out with family and friends. Let’s knock off some of the things on our igloo list, shall we?
  • Piano lesson marketing! Push for new students to start in January by placing ads a couple of places and refreshing the ads I’ve placed already (ahem…criagslist).

I wanna know: What are you up to this month? Anything special and out of the ordinary?