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The Sweetest Endings

Magazine article Sunset

The Sweetest Endings

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HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

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.

Steamed PumpkinCornmeal Pudding

PREP AND COOK TIME: About 112 hours NOTES: Serve this moist steamed pudding with sweetened whipped cream flavored to taste with rum.

MAKES: 6 to 8 servings IMAGE FORMULA11Espresso Bean Cheesecake

PREP AND COOK TIME: About 112 hours, plus 1 hour to steep and at least 3 hours to cool

NOTES: Buy coffee ground for a French press coffeemaker (a slightly coarser grind), or whirl whole beans in a coffee grinder or food processor. You can bake this cheesecake up to 2 days ahead; chill until cool, then cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.

MAKES: 10 to 12 servings IMAGE FORMULA14IMAGE FORMULA15

Cranberry Jam Tart

PREP AND COOK TIME: About 1/2 hours, plus at least 1 hour to chill

NOTES: You can make the jam mixture (step 1) and the dough (step 2) for this tart up to 3 days ahead; cover separately and chill. …

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