James Carrier

Bend tradition with unusual desserts this holiday season


Even for die-hard traditionalists who want to sit down to the same dishes every Thanksgiving, there's always room to try something a little different at the end of the meal.

Our Thanksgiving sweets bend tradition while staying true to the best dessert flavors of the season. A shortbread tart is filled with tangy cranberry jam; steaming gives pumpkin pudding its moist texture; a velvety, orange-hued pound cake is even more spectacular with butterscotch ice cream; and ground espresso beans imbue creamy cheesecake with rich coffee flavor. Whichever ones you try, don't be surprised if next year it just doesn't feel like Thanksgiving without them.

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