Who says holiday dessert needs to be pie?

Pumpkin and apple pie have had their fair share of the limelight. One is traditional, while the other is considered downright patriotic, so they're often served together over the holidays.

Both apples and pumpkins are harvested in the fall, so the timing makes sense. But who says we need to stick to the classics every year? I propose we shake things up, because A) chocolate, and B) there are so many underappreciated desserts, and so few holidays with which to share them with loved ones. 

I've listed a few classic desserts that have stood the test of time, while adding some whimsy to an otherwise traditional feast.

banana pudding trifle

Banana Pudding

Before you scoff, this dessert has been low key stealing the show in soul food cuisine for decades. Note that your oven will be working overtime to accommodate various dishes, and this cool treat requires zero heat.

It looks adorable stacked into layers like a trifle. Simply layer the pudding, Nilla wafers, bananas and whipped cream in glass cups, top with whipped cream, and dust with cinnamon. Chef's secret? Use vanilla pudding instead of banana, for a more natural flavor. 


Black Forest Cake

Because a regular chocolate cake is too...birthday-ey. You need something dramatic for the occasion, and the plump red cherries are as festive as they are delicious.

Besides, people like me consider chocolate a vitamin supplement, believing that a dose will improve the quality of life. The chocolate and cherry liquer are rich, but are tempered by the light whipped cream frosting. Can I use the word moist again, without grossing people out? 

cranberry bread pudding

Bread Pudding

There are so many iterations of bread pudding, that you can play with the different breads and add-ins that you have on hand.

If you want to go for a holiday theme, there's cranberry eggnog bread pudding, where the cranberries lend a tart pop to every bite. If it's a cocktail party, everyone at the grown up table will appreciate a bourbon pecan bread pudding. And you can't go wrong with the classic recipe.

If you subscribe to this newsletter, I have no doubt that whatever you whip up will be a crowd-pleaser. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!




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