Thanksgiving Desserts

Alexa Garcia, Newspaper Staff Member

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Thanksgiving Desserts 

Thanksgiving is a holiday that occurs on the fourth Thursday in November every year. This holiday is a celebration of a harvest feast that happened between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag people in 1621. However, it wasn’t until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.  

Today, Thanksgiving celebration has lost most of its original significance in many American households. Instead, Thanksgiving is now more focused on the cooking aspect and seen as a time to share an abundant meal with family and friends.  

Turkey has become synonymous with Thanksgiving. Almost every American eat Turkey on Thanksgiving. However, Thanksgiving is always better when desserts are introduced. Some traditional desserts include pecan pie, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and cheesecake.  

Pecan Pie 

Pecan Pie is a pie that is greatly associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is more commonly served at the United States and is considered to be a specialty of Southern origin. Additionally, pecan pie is a Thanksgiving dessert that includes pecan nuts mixed with a filling that includes eggs, butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Pecan pie variants may include butterscotch, whiskey chocolate chip, maple, Alice Colombo’s Race Day chocolate pecan pie, chocolate brownie, and sawdust pie. Variations may include white or brown sugar, sugar syrup, molasses, maple syrup, or honey. Also, it is often served within whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or hard sauce.  

Pecan pie is just as important as turkey is for Thanksgiving. It is really quick to make and the result is delicious. Also, it is perfect for beginners because of how easy it is. The filling of the pie includes butter, sugar, eggs, and corn syrup. The fine sweetness of corn syrup is what sets this specific recipe apart from any other. All one has to do is mix the corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, and pecans together. One can choose their own pie crust, however, for time saving reasons, specially when people have a lot of different dishes to prepare at once it is best to use a frozen deep dish pie crust, or even he rolled up crusts. The filling is the most important part of the pie, so it does not really matter too much what kind of curst one uses. The crunchy pecans shared with the sweet fillings is guaranteed to be the best flavor option. Preparation time usually takes about ten minutes and the cooking time usually takes about sixty minutes. Homemade pecan pie is the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving. It is the best combination of sweet and salty.  

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 1–1/2 cups (6 ounces) coarsely chopped pecans 
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked OR frozen deep-dish pie crust 

Preparation includes preheating the oven to 350°F. Mix Karo Corn Syrup, eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla using a spoon or a rubber spatula. Stir in the pecans and pour the mixture into pie crust. Bake on center rack of oven for about sixty to seventy minutes. Let it cool for about two hours on a wire rack before serving. 

Tips for baking a pecan pie include that if one is using a prepared frozen pie crust, place a cookie sheet in the oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Pour filing into frozen curst and bake on preheat cookie sheet. Also, keep an eye on the pie because it is done when the center reaches 200°F. However, to make sure tap the center surface of the pie lightly; it should spring back when done. If the pie crust is over-browning cover the edges with foil. 

Cheesecake 

Cheesecake has been historically proven to be the original First Thanksgiving dessert. Cheesecake was actually given at the harvest meal celebration that was shared between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people in 1621. However, it started disappearing faster than any other desserts and eventually different types of pies became the main focus and main desserts adopted for Thanksgiving.   

Ingredients:  

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs  
  • ¼ cup butter, melted 
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. Sugar, divided  
  • 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened 
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla 
  • 4 eggs 

Preparation includes preheating the oven to 325°F. Combine graham crumbs, butter, and the two tablespoons of sugar. Press onto the bottom of a 10-inch cast-iron skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Beat cream cheese with vanilla and remaining sugar in a large bowl with mixer until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over curst and note that the pan will be full. Place pan on the baking sheet and then place it in the oven. Bake for about fifty to fifty-five minutes or until the center of the cheesecake is almost set. When done baking, let it cool completely. Finally, refrigerate for 4 hours.  

 Tips for baking a cheesecake include garnishing finished cheesecake with nuts, such as, cranberries, grapes, blueberries, and/or raspberries. Blending cream cheese for success is an important procedure. Additionally, make sure the cream cheese and sugar are completely blended and free of lumps. Also, to quickly soften cream cheese, place a completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in a microwave for at most fifteen seconds (add fifteen seconds for each additional package of cream cheese). To avoid overbaking a cheesecake, check for doneness at the minimum baking time by gently shaking the pan. If the cheesecake is done, the edges should be slightly puffed. Do not insert a knife into the center because this may cause the cheesecake to crack during cooling.  

Thanksgiving desserts are by far the best things about Thanksgiving in my opinion. Specially, these two desserts make Thanksgiving much more enjoyable for me and my family.
 

Sources  

https://cookiesandcups.com/easy-pecan-pie-recipe/ 

https://www.myfoodandfamily.com/recipe/220595/1621-first-thanksgiving-cheesecake?gclid=Cj0KCQiA5dPuBRCrARIsAJL7oeh0mC3Lrj-UQpV2L3SuGoA_ItD-__nABPkUtUEvitR684-Oszn5MIQaAvSzEALw_wcB