With Canadian Thanksgiving upon us, let’s take a few moments to consider how chocolate in all of its delicious forms can make its way onto the dinner table. For many, pumpkin is the prevailing fall flavor. But as the days get shorter and the nights colder, there’s something incredibly comforting about leaning into a nice hot mug of drinking chocolate. So, for those of you who are determined to include chocolate in your Canadian Thanksgiving dinner, continue reading for a little inspiration!
Chocolate Souffle Cake with Caramelized Butternut Squash
Both life, and Thanksgiving Dinner can be uncertain, so let’s start with dessert first. This recipe from Melissa Clark at The New York Times is not trying to reinvent the wheel. Instead, she’s adding a new wheel! Given how attached we all are to the pumpkin pie, it’s not in your best interest to do away with it. Instead, add another dessert to the roster. Who knows, maybe you will be starting a new tradition! You can watch Melissa Clark herself make this recipe here.
Pumpkin-Orange Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust and Salted Caramel
Well, it might be hard to top this one. Not only is this recipe visually stunning, but it is also decadent as all get out. This Pumpkin-Orange Cheesecake uses a deceptively simple crust of chocolate wafer cookies and butter. But don’t let the number of ingredients fool you. There is lots of room for experimentation with quality ingredients. From the crust to the Maldon salt flakes for garnish, this dessert is a showstopper.
Fudge Cream Pie
This recipe calls for three different forms of chocolate. Needless to say, it’s a chocolate lovers dream come true. From the chocolate wafer crust, to the unsweetened chocolate used to make the cream pie filling, and the cocoa for garnish you will be hard pressed to find a more decadent, chocolate focused Thanksgiving dessert. This Fudge Cream Pie involves a little more finesse than the cheesecake above, but it’s well worth the challenge!
White Chocolate and Almond Pound Cake
This White Chocolate and Almond Pound Cake transitions perfectly from Thanksgiving right into the holiday season. White chocolate is a versatile, crowd pleasing flavor and goes wonderfully with a steaming mug of freshly made drinking chocolate! Due to the fact that white chocolate is used in both the pound cake itself and the glaze, do your best to seek out the best quality white chocolate you can find!
Decorating Your Dessert Table
Well, if your Thanksgiving Dinner is anything like mine there is a strong emphasis on the part that comes after the Turkey – dessert! For big dinners with friends and family, consider putting together a dessert table! This allows your guests to help themselves to a little of everything, without you having to slice and serve every single dish. A dessert table lets everyone try a little bit of everything at their own leisure. Learn how to style the perfect dessert table by reading this article!