Thanksgiving Desserts

Thanksgiving Desserts

Now that tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I can’t wait to spend the morning in the kitchen baking one (or two) of these delicious desserts. When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, you can really have fun with the types of desserts you make. Apple, pumpkin, pear, cranberry…the options are endless!

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Rose Apple Pie with Bourbon Glaze | A Cozy Kitchen

Rosemary Cranberry Sorbet | Country Living

Coconut Pumpkin Pie | Heather Christo

Pear Crisp with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream | A Dash of Cinema

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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Flavor of the Month: Butterscotch

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1. Cookie Butter Butterscotch Fudge |2.  Boozy Banana Butterscotch Ice Cream | 3. Butterscotch Eclairs |4. White Butterscotch Buddies | 5. Butterscotch Sundaes with Caramel Popcorn

Made primarily of butter and brown sugar, Butterscotch can be used for a variety of treats. The butterscotch eclairs with a plaid design are super creative and would be fantastic as a party snack. Similar to toffee with a honey color, butterscotch can be devoured as a syrup or a hard candy. October is the perfect time to whip up some butterscotch desserts and candies since it’s the designated candy month (okay, maybe that’s every month). But, you won’t go wrong with making butterscotch goodies for trick-or-treaters this coming Halloween.  Make your autumn even more special with this sweet flavor, and since it’s  simple to make as a syrup, you can pair it with pretty much anything. Nothing wrong with a little butterscotch on butterscotch!

Pear Crisp

Pear Crisp and Ice Cream

If you haven’t yet found the perfect autumn dessert, look no further. Upon first taste of this Pear Crisp, you won’t want to eat any other dessert. Or food for that matter. The recipe is quite simple and the only time-consuming part is waiting for the crisp to bake for 30-40 minutes. I used less sugar for the pear portion of the recipe since the pears I picked were already very sweet and ripe. This dish is best served warm, with a generous serving of vanilla bean ice cream.

Ingredients

Filling:

1. 5 pears
2. 1/3 cup of baking sugar
3. A pinch of salt

Topping:

1. 1 & 1/2 cups of All-purpose flour
2. 1/3 cup baking sugar
3. 1/3 cup light brown sugar
4. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
5. 3/4 cup chopped pecans
6. 1 stick of melted butter (zap it in the microwave for about 1-minute)

Recipe

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Wash and peel the pears.
3. Cut the pears in half (from stem to bottom) and use a spoon to remove the seeds.
4. Dice the pears and place into a large bowl with the 1/3 cup baking sugar and pinch of salt.
5. In a second large bowl, mix together the flour, baking sugar, light brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans. Mix in the melted butter until you have a crumbly texture.
6. In a baking dish, spread the pears around the bottom and layer the crumble mixture on top.
7. Bake for 30-40 minutes (40 minutes if you want a more golden brown on the crumble).
8. Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream and don’t forget to help yourself to seconds!

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{Photos by Lauren}

Around Town: Cooks County, Los Angeles

aOn the side of a long, busy road in Los Angeles, a small restaurant with a bright blue awning called Cooks County serves some of the best farm-to-table dishes I’ve tasted. The space is small with dark wooden tables and chairs, natural sunlight filtering through the front windows, and an open view of the kitchen. Starting with bread and a vegetable dish (to balance each other out, of course), we followed up our appetizers with salmon and pork chops. Everything was made with careful attention to detail and the dishes were incredibly rich in flavor. Of course, to end an already satisfying meal, we had to try the dessert. The fresh mint ice cream with homemade whipped cream was otherworldly. I hope to make it back to Cooks County soon. It was one of those meals you wish never ended.

P.S. A Farm-to-Table restaurant in New York City.

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{Photos by Lauren}

Around Town: I Like Pie, Claremont

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A few weeks ago, I did not like pie. At Thanksgiving and other holidays and celebrations where pie was involved, I would opt out of dessert or find an alternative, like chocolate cake or ice cream. However, after passing by I Like Pie, an adorable pie shop in Claremont, I decided to give pie another chance. After my first bite of the Caramel Apple Crunch, I may have found my new favorite dessert (five pies in seven days confirmed this). The Triple Berry and Strawberry Rhubarb pies are also delicious. Served with a huge scoop of Dr. Bob’s vanilla ice cream and you’ve got yourself a dessert that is impossible to pass up.

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Around Town: Fonuts, Los Angeles

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If you like donuts, cupcakes, or cake, you will love Fonuts, a Los Angeles-based bakery that sells doughnuts that are baked and/or steamed, never fried. Even though these desserts are ‘doughnuts,’ they taste just like cupcakes (with holes in the middle). Regardless of how they are made, they are delicious. There are unique flavors, such as Maple Bacon, Cheddar, Rosemary Olive Oil, and Strawberry Buttermilk, among many, many more. These fonuts are the perfect way to top off a late brunch downtown. It can be tough to choose which fonut to buy, so try the mini fonuts for $7 and you’ll get to try a little bit of all everything.

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Around Town: Molten Chocolate Cakery, Seattle

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Seattle is filled with unique little shops tucked behind tree-lined streets, so when I found Molten Chocolate Cakery, I could not have been more pleased. The cakery is decorated with charming trinkets and cozy wooden tables and chairs, and the chocolate aroma greets you at the door. I was tempted to order everything on the menu because they had one of the best selections of desserts I have seen in a long time: milkshakes, cake, cookies, pudding, ice cream…tell me when to stop. Order one of their thick milkshakes, rich chocolate molten lava cakes, or gooey cookies and you’ll have yourself a decadent afternoon treat. I am such a fan of this place, and the next time I am in Seattle craving molten chocolate cake (which is almost always), you’ll find me here.

P.S. Since this week seems to be chocolate-themed, check out Chocolate Croissants for more sweetness.

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{Photos by Lauren}