The holidays are upon us, and there are all kinds of gatherings where you may find yourself making a feast, or being asked to prepare something to bring for a festive celebration. Deserts are always a big hit, and most people with a moderate or large holiday party will want to have more than one dessert available. There are many sweet treats that traditionally go along with the season, pumpkin and pecan pie being two of the most popular. Both are very tasty, but chances are someone else is already bringing one, and let’s face it— Aunt Betty’s pumpkin pie recipe is better than yours, and if it’s not you’d hurt her feelings. Instead of competing with hat’s already being done and bringing the usual treats, why not go for something unique?
Desserts are always a big hit at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years
There are a lot of great books with cooking ideas especially for the holidays, and many websites that you can search around to get some good recipes and baking tips from. Even if you don’t normally cook, there are many great desert foods you can prepare by just by following directions. It’s good to get an idea of what you’ll be making the week before or earlier, so you’ll have time to go over the recipe and get ingredients. Here are a few I think would be fantastic at any gathering.
Impress your Relatives with Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Cheesecake is a very popular desert that people put a lot of different spins on. Done just right, a slice of good cheese cake will almost melt in the mouth. You can make a chocolate truffle cheesecake that isn’t all that complicated, but will thoroughly impress your friends and relatives. To create a wonderfully chocolaty cheesecake you simply vary a few basic things. Mostly it involves replacing some of the creme cheese with cottage cheese, and adding some unsweetened coco powder. To take a look at a good recipe to follow, check out the recipe links at the end of this article.
Busy Schedule? This amazing no bake Almond Chocolate Torte is for you!
The meal isn’t complete until after dessert, but our schedules can get crazy at the holidays. If you want to make something great but don’t have a lot of time, try for an easy recipe that takes little time to put together. Here’s a dessert I love to make that sounds like you should have a culinary arts degree to make, but actually only takes about 20 minutes to prepare. This dish requires no baking at all, and is fairly simple. The result is filling that is a little like a very moist and fluffy velvety smooth chocolate mouse, on top of a tasty almond crust. It’s easy to make and will go well with the rest of the meal, and is one of those crowd pleasers everyone will enjoy so much that you may want to make two. Check out the recipe in the resource links to make your own Almond Chocolate Torte.
Want a tasty and unique fruity dessert? Try this great Raspberry Pear Tart!
Tart fruity deserts are another great way to make you holiday dinner even more special. A homemade Raspberry Pear tart is something no one else is going to think to bring, but everyone will love. It only takes about half an hour to prepare this unique tart, which smells great and tastes wonderful. Another 40 minutes to bake, a little time to cool, and it will be ready. If possible, bake it where the meal will be served, because it smells wonderful while it’s baking. You can definitely expect great results and a show-stopping conclusion to your festivities with this one. Check out the recipe links at the end to learn how to make a Raspberry Pear Tart.
Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s these great dessert recipes are sure to be a hit!
Hopefully these ideas will get you started in the preparations for your celebration. With care, you can modify the recipes to make them more your own. If you make the chocolate cheesecake or the Almond Chocolate Tort, you can drizzle a little melted chocolate on top for decoration, and the raspberry pear tart looks great with fresh raspberries on top. One thing that will never go to waste at a holiday party is a great dessert. The possibilities are limitless, so have fun with it and be creative!
Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Almond Chocolate Torte
Raspberry Pear Tart