10 Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren't Pie


Not everyone likes pie. And that's okay. They don't deserve to be shunned on Thanksgiving. So, in the interest of fairness (and everyone getting some gosh darn dessert), here are 10 non-pie options that are perfect for a Thanksgiving feast.

Portokalopita, an Orange Phyllo Cake: Citrus is in season now, and this Greek recipe is a great way to use any kind of orange. It's very easy, too, since there's barely any mixing. And it's kinda, sorta healthy, since the dairy in it is Greek yogurt.

Apple Tarte Tatin Crumble: This is a classic method for sweetening up apples. This one's very easy to make, too, and it's perfect if you're going for a rustic theme.

Blue Ribbon Bundt Cake: This recipe goes out to team cake. And it won first place at the L.A. County fair, so you know it's no messing around.

Apple Pie Ice Cream With Salted Pecan Crumble: This is a cheat, I know. But ice cream is better than pie, and this ice cream includes only the good parts of pie ... so make some delicious pie ice cream!

Spiced Grapefruit Sorbet: If you're looking for something lighter than the average Thanksgiving dessert, this is a great way to go. Or, be extremely elegant and serve it as a palate cleanser.

Pear Tartelettes Tatin: Little individual desserts are always very cute and very appreciated. Plus, you can use store-bought puff pastry -- it's one of the few ingredients where no one can tell the difference.

Walnut Tart With Chocolate Cream: For those who skip all the savory stuff, the better to fill up on desserts. It isn't a light dessert in any sense, but every perfect bite is worth the calories.

Apple Upside-Down Cake: Another cake option. Well, actually, it's something of a cake/pie hybrid, since the fruit is on top. Either way, it's tasty and seasonally appropriate.

Orange Blossom Panna Cotta with Pomegranate Molasses: Perhaps you're trying to impress someone this Thanksgiving? Panna cotta always looks so elegant, especially topped with fruit, but in truth it's pretty simple to make.

Pumpkin Bomboloni: Donuts. Fancy-sounding, Italian-named, donuts. You can't go wrong, and you can make extra and have them for breakfast on Friday.

(Of course, if you absolutely must have pie, make it this one.)

About the Author

Katherine's role as the Living editor at KCET.org keeps her running from farms to markets to restaurants to pop-up swaps all over SoCal. She's been living in and writing about this area for over a decade.
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