When preparing your Thanksgiving feast this year, take some time to reconsider how and what you serve for dessert. Often after a big meal, a full slice of pie or cake is daunting and all the work that goes in to making them ends up being eaten as take-away by guests.
As an alternative, consider mini versions of some of your favourite fall desserts. These are two of the favourites in our family
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
These cheesecakes are the perfect way to end your Thanksgiving meal. Begin with a crust made of gingersnaps, a smooth filling with all the flavours of pumpkin pie and top it with cool, creamy whipped cream.
Mini Butter Tarts
A truly Canadian treat, mini butter tarts are a great addition to the Thanksgiving dessert table. You can make your own pie crust for these tarts or use the frozen ready-made mini pie shells to save time. And while the recipe calls for raisins or currants, feel free to substitute walnuts or pecans or leave them out completely. There are no rules when it comes to Butter Tarts (despite what some people might say).
The possibilities are endless for making just about any dessert "mini" to add to your Thanksgiving table. Think mini apple pies with a small scoop of ice cream or maybe mini pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. If there is a favourite traditional dessert in your family, no doubt it could be made into a "mini" dessert.
Nova Scotia has some truly amazing Wineries, Breweries and Cideries all across the province. Our staff have provided their picks and recommendations for you to serve and enjoy this Thanksgiving.