Get creative! After you have plated slices of pumpkin pie and topped with a dollop of thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, gently dust each plate with ground cinnamon or powdered sugar for a festive touch.
While a classic Pumpkin Pie is the hero at every Thanksgiving table, you may want to try something new to pair with the star dessert. Here are some less traditional favorites that will create sweet memories for your guests: Ultimate Turtle Cheesecake, Coconut-Cream Cheese Pie, ChocoFlan, Carrot Cheesecake Bars or Easy Peanut Butter & Chocolate Éclair Dessert.
Chocolate garnishes are a welcome addition to coffee or desserts. Use a peeler to quickly shave chocolate over individual plates or cups. If you need a larger amount, use a box grater to grate an unwrapped square of room temperature BAKER'S Chocolate onto a sheet of waxed paper. Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.
Making Chocolate Curls:
Warm a square of BAKER'S Baking Chocolate by microwaving it, unwrapped, on HIGH for a few seconds or just until you can smudge the chocolate with your thumb. Hold the square steadily and draw a peeler slowly over flat bottom of square, allowing a thin layer of chocolate to curl as it is peeled off the bottom of the square to make long, delicate curls. Use the same technique along the narrow side of the square to make short curls.
Few aromas are more inviting than a cup of hot coffee on a crisp fall afternoon. While your guests are sure to enjoy a simple cup of MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee after a big Thanksgiving meal, it might also be fun to try a specialty coffee drink. Here are some ideas to get you started: Pumpkin Spice Latte for Two, Maple-Cinnamon Coffee, Spiced Holiday Coffee, Caramel Coffee or Harvest Coffee Cider.
MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee will seem that much more enticing if served with a BAKER'S Chocolate-Dipped Spoon. Here's how you do it: Melt 1 pkg. (8 squares) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate or 1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER'S GERMAN'S Sweet Chocolate as directed on package. Dip clean, dry plastic teaspoons into melted chocolate to coat the bowls of the spoons; let excess chocolate drip off. Place in single layer in waxed paper-lined tray; refrigerate 10 min. or until chocolate is firm. Cover tray with plastic wrap. (Or wrap spoons individually with plastic wrap and tie ribbon around each to secure.) Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
Remember to include those who do not like coffee. Hot cider or tea recipes, such as Orange Mulled Cider or Hot Spiced Tea, make a wonderfully warming alternative.
After a hearty Thanksgiving meal, remember portion control. Serve appropriately sized dessert portions. Guests can always come back for more, if they would like.
If you have 2 to 3 different desserts, consider making sampler plates with bite-size servings of each. That way, everyone can taste all the sweet treats without eating too much.
A trifle, such as the Tiramisu Bowl, always brings out the oohs and aahs for its beautiful presentation. Serve it in a clear glass bowl so your guests can see all the layers. No clear glass bowl? Serve it in individual glass cups for a more formal plated dessert presentation. Check out Tiramisu Bowl: Serve it Your Way for details on other presentation options.