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A Trio of Treats

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This year was our second occasion for hosting Thanksgiving dinner, and we enjoyed every minute of it! There’s something warm and comforting cooking together, then gathering around the family table for a home-cooked meal and pleasant conversation. It makes me wonder why we don’t do this more often. Although family and friends are not always as near as we would like, it inspires me to make the most of every opportunity when we come together. We truly have so much to be thankful for!

The day before Thanksgiving, I spent the morning and afternoon preparing desserts. My list consisted of three recipes that were completely new to me, and it is my hope that you will have the opportunity to try these delicious recipes for yourself!

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My first selection was Maple Pecan Pie from my dear friend, Sadie, at SadiesNest.com — I have been wanting to make this pie from the day she posted the recipe! Seriously, I don’t even know where to begin. I love pecan pie and have tasted many that were incredibly wonderful. However, in my opinion, this is the best pecan pie I have ever tasted! Seriously. You simply must make this pie for yourself to truly understand what I am trying to convey. Maple Pecan Pie perfection. This dessert was the hands- down favorite on Thanksgiving, and Jonathan and I are still talking about it. It immediately went to my “Christmas dessert” list, but Christmas is a little over three weeks away, and I can’t wait that long! So, it’s made it to my “make it this week” list. [contented sigh]

I knew I wanted to include pumpkin pie in my dessert repertoire, so I began searching for a recipe I had yet to try. I chose a Pumpkin Pie recipe from King Arthur Flour and was not disappointed! The recipe recommends letting the pie filling sit overnight in the refrigerator to incorporate all the wonderful flavors — superb! The result was a flavorful, almost creamy texture that paired wonderfully with homemade whipped cream. Additionally, I used the Pie Crust Recipe from King Arthur Flour for both the Maple Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie and was genuinely impressed! This double recipe worked perfectly for the two pies I was baking.

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For my third selection, I had been eyeing the Real Deal Southern Caramel Cake from Grandbaby Cakes — one look at the pictures of that gorgeous cake, and I knew it would be something wonderful! This was my first time baking a caramel cake, and actually, the first time tasting one. The cake is  deliciously moist while the caramel icing puts it way over the top! The caramel icing would also work well with a variety of additional desserts.

Although this isn’t a dessert, I cannot forget to mention another wonderful recipe I found this season —  Crockpot Stuffing from another sweet friend at The Richmond Avenue — this stuffing was moist, flavorful and incorporated the perfect blend of herbs. Another new found family favorite!

Although these recipes were prepared for Thanksgiving, they most certainly can be enjoyed any day of the year! I hope you will have the opportunity to make them as well, and I’m sure you will agree!

 

 

 

24 Comments

  1. You are so sweet! So glad you liked the pie! I make a different pumpkin pie every year… still waiting for the best. I’ll have to try King Arthur’s; and The Richmond Avenue’s crockpot stuffing too!! (My husband could never get enough stuffing.)

    1. 😀 I think you would like the pumpkin pie recipe, and yes, I completely relate — I love stuffing, too! Another great recipe! 😉

  2. These all look amazing!! I’m adding Sadie’s pie to my Christmas list! And I’m glad you enjoyed the stuffing. Hope y’all had a very happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you, Jasmine! 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well! You’ll love Sadie’s pie! Definitely going to make your Crockpot Stuffing again soon, too! 😉

  3. Wow. This looks great!

  4. Lovely recipes and beautiful pictures!! Sounds like a warm and wonderful day Anna!

    1. Thank you so much, sweet Lynn! 🙂

      1. Such lovely desserts they are beautiful!!

        1. Thank you, dear Lynn! 🙂

          1. you are most welcome dearest Anna!!:)

  5. that caramel cake looks sooo good!

    1. I think you’d love it — the flavors are so wonderful! 😀

  6. that caramel cake looks sooo good!!

  7. Anna, you made a feast! I bet your guests had trouble moving when leaving your home. I love entertaining too, and am always on the hunt for recipes to try. These are a great addition to the list!

    1. Thank you so much, Julie! I had some great recipes to turn to! 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, dear friend!

  8. Hi Anna, what a lovely post, thank you for sharing. It is always so wonderful to have success from recipes. Glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving, I am dying to try Sadie’s pecan nut pie, but need to find a substitute for corn syrup as we don’t have corn syrup here 🙁 ….I will do some research 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Lynne! 🙂 Yes, Sadie’s pecan pie is amazing! I’m craving one right now! 😉 It seems like I’ve heard of a substitute for corn syrup — a recipe for a simple syrup? I’ll see what I can find, Lynne! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

      1. Thanks Anna, I guess what I will do, is just try it out and see…I will look into a simple syrup for sure, thank you so much. You have a good week too. 🙂

        1. 🙂 Thanks, Lynne!

  9. YUM!!! This makes me want to bake!! I love the leaf cut outs on the pie! I’ve been wanting to make Sadie’s pie, too… So many recipes to try!

    1. Thanks so much, Katie! 🙂 I had so much fun trying out all the great recipes! You’ll love Sadie’s pie! 🙂 Yes, I know exactly what you mean … so many wonderful recipes to try! 😉

  10. Liz

    Amazing selection of treats. I would have loved to sample them!

    1. Thank you so much, Liz! I had so much fun trying out the new recipes! 😉

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