How to Make a Holiday Dessert

Six Methods:Thanksgiving dessert ideasChristmas dessert ideasHanukkah dessert ideasEid-ul-Fitr dessert ideasNew Year dessert ideasNational day dessert ideas

Holiday meals wouldn't be complete without a wonderful dessert to accompany the delicious meal. There are many holidays, and just a few are suggested here to give you some inspiration to seek more possibilities for desserts for your own festive occasion.

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Thanksgiving dessert ideas

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    Choose desserts with a focus on the season. Pumpkins are readily available at this time of year, so they're an ideal choice for making desserts from. Some suggestions include:
    • Pumpkin pie
    • Chocolate lover's pumpkin pie
    • Sweet pumpkin dessert
    • Pumpkin s'mores
    • Pumpkin mousse
    • Pumpkin mousse parfaits
    • Pumpkin ice cream.
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    Use sweet potatoes for desserts for Thanksgiving. They have a perfect sweetness for desserts. Some suggestions include sweet potato pie and sweet potato and sago dessert.
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    Use cranberries. Cranberries aren't just for the sauce; they have quite a few possibilities for tasty desserts, including apple cranberry crumble, cranberry orange bread and spiked orange cranberry fondue.
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    Use pecans. A lovely nut traditional for Thanksgiving time, the dessert possibilities include pecan pie, pumpkin pie pecan candy, Make walnut and pecan torte and pecan shortbread.
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    Use apples. Apples are at their best this time of year. For desserts, you can't beat apple pie or apple crumble. You could also make apple dumplings or apple berry crisp.

Method 2
Christmas dessert ideas

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    Focus on Christmas pudding. This is an excellent dessert for Christmas and there are many options from the warm and flaming traditional Christmas pudding to an iced fruity Christmas bombe. For some inspiration, here are a few suggestions:
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    Make chocolate based desserts. The richness of chocolate is perfect for the Christmas celebration time.

Method 3
Hanukkah dessert ideas

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    Bake some tasty treats. The sorts of baked items that would be enjoyable for dessert include:
    • Rugelach (rugalach, ruglach)
    • Dreidel cookies
    • Dreidel cake pops or marshmallow sticks
    • Sufganiyot (Hanukkah jelly doughnuts) (vary the flavors, such as apple, strawberry or apricot)
    • Olive oil orange cake or apple cake
    • Challah (pumpkin flavored is nice); or how about challah French toast?
    • Zalabia, sweet baked fritters
    • Dried fruit tart
    • Chocolate cake
    • Cassola
    • Coconut macaroons.

Method 4
Eid-ul-Fitr dessert ideas

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    Make tasty candy or baked treats for setting out on the buffet table. Some choices that might work well include:
    • Date balls; roll these either in coconut or pistachios
    • Ma’amoul
    • Kahk (sweet dusted cookies)
    • Pistachio shortbread
    • Cake pops with piped icing henna designs
    • Date bars or date cookies
    • Macadamia cheesecake
    • Qatayef, an Egyptian sweet crepe stuffed with nuts or cheese (sweeten it for dessert); or 'ataif, walnut-stuffed pancakes.
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    Make sheer khurma. This is a tasty, gently spiced milk pudding which is traditional as an Eid dessert. Or make Lab-E-Shireen, a custard-based pudding also enjoyed for this occasion.
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    Arrange a sumptuous fruit bouquet as both a table centerpiece and dessert. Healthy and tasty, it's perfect for those who don't want to indulge in the more sugary desserts.

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New Year dessert ideas

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    Celebrate New Year's Eve with some celebratory desserts:
    • Raspberry champagne cake pops
    • New Year's Eve cake.
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    Celebrate a Mexican New Year with traditional desserts:
    • Make buñuelos. These are a very popular dessert in Mexico, made just for this holiday. Buñuelos is a fried, sweet tortilla that is so delicious you'll find it hard to stop at just one.
    • Make pan de campo. This is a famous, sweet type of bread that is served as a dessert for this occasion.
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    Celebrate a Chinese New Year with traditional desserts:

Method 6
National day dessert ideas

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    Celebrate the Fourth of July with festive desserts that are representative of the day. Some examples include:
    • American flag cake or 4th of July Strawberry.
    • Cupcake kabobs
    • Patriotic popsicles.
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    Celebrate Australia Day with some fun desserts with an Australian quality. For example:
    • Lamingtons or Lamingtons Cake Pops
    • Pavlova.
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    Celebrate Canada Day with a Canadian flag cake and all things maple syrup.

Tips

  • Be ready to explain the desserts if someone doesn't know how it is related to the holiday. This can be a great way to introduce history or stories with children, so that they can relate the food to the reason.

Things You'll Need

  • Holiday theme decorations for the table and perhaps room; display items
  • Serving dishes and cutlery
  • Holiday music


Article Info

Categories: Desserts and Sweets