Dessert Dilemma

Thanksgiving Desserts:

It’s official — I am doing Thanksgiving Dinner this year.  I’ve already set the Table — That’s the only way I can be sure to find all the Pottery I want to use.

And I have my main menu all (mostly) lined up….

– Maple/Cider glazed Turkey, with Cider/Ginger Sauce
– Wild Rice Pilaf with Shiitake, Leek and dried Apricot
– Dark Bread Stuffing with Apple, Shiitake, and Tarragon
– Veggies and Squash and more Veggies

But for Dessert??  I’m really in a quandary.  I thought I would share the desserts I’m considering….

My first thought for Dessert is Pumpkin — Pumpkin Bars with Crumble Topping.  I make these at some point every year — So much easier to serve than Pumpkin Pie, when some folks want a large serving, some folks want a very small serving.  Pumpkin Bars can easily be cut to any size.

Another thought is something with Autumn Fruit — Pear, or apple.  My (upside-down) Pear Tart with Maple Drizzle is always easy and elegant.

Or, I could serve my dreamy Maple Creme Mousse….

Or, considering Pumpkin again, I could try something NEW — A Pumpkin Tart with a Chocolate Crumb Crust.

The Food — Chocolate Crust Pumpkin Tart:

Pumpkin and CHOCOLATE??  Actually, I encounter quite a few recipes for Pumpkin-with-Chocolate — I’m thinking I should at least try something new??  A recipe for a Pumpkin Tart with a Chocolate Crumb Crust.

I simply prepared a chocolate-wafer crust.  Then a pumpkin mixture of pumpkin, eggs, evaporated milk, sugars, spices, and a bit of Marcarpone cheese — Very similar to a normal pumpkin pie but smaller portions.  I poured in to the crust (it did not all fit in my tart pan), and baked in the oven.  It was delightful/delicious — The pumpkin/chocolate combo definitely ‘worked’.  Also, I think it would be equally delicious with a ginger-snap crust.  Recipe available on my Recipes Page.

The Pottery — Wayne Branum Plates:

I am featuring my slice of Pumpkin Tart on a new favorite Dessert Plate, made by Wisconsin Artist, Wayne Branum.  I love the teardrop shape; I love the earthy-but-lively glaze treatment!!  I picked these out last Spring, at the St. Croix Pottery Tour.  I knew they would be perfect for a special bite of dessert!

So that is my Dessert Dilemma — Please feel free to weigh in and help me decide which dessert I should serve for Turkey-Day.

And — Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

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