Are you a rebel? Are you a dessert maverick? Do you dare serve something other than pie at Thanksgiving? If so, these recipes are for you, and they don't look half bad. There are plenty of ways to include autumn's signature flavors into desserts that go beyond the usual offerings.
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Whether made with corn syrup, maple syrup, golden syrup, or honey, pecan pie is a dessert favorite. But have you ever spiced yours up with kumquats, chocolate, espresso, or bourbon? What about orange peel? While I love a classic pie, these recipes all look pretty tempting.
Some people may be turkey people, some people may be stuffing people, and others really just show up to Thanksgiving for the pie. It's hard to beat a homemade apple pie, and here are a few good-looking recipes (along with some pear options thrown in for good measure.)
Ok, so pies aren't exactly sides, but they're such important parts of the Thanksgiving tradition that I had to include them in this series. Rich pumpkin (or sweet potato) custard, spiced with cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and sometimes booze, these pies are my all-time favorite. They're sometimes even better after they've set for a day, so you can make your pies ahead of time to cut down on last minute stress.