16 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts That Take Less Than 30 Minutes
Quick Apple Crumble with Lebneh
The blend of flavors and textures here—crunchy, smooth, nutty, sweet, tart—makes this simple dessert irresistible. Opt for lebneh or another soft fresh cheese that won't melt quickly underneath the warm apples topped with a quick granola crumble.
Sweet Wine Sabayon with Berries
Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding
This gooey bread pudding made with caramel-like dulce de leche from Latin America is so much more than the sum of its five parts. To add even more flavor, throw in a handful of fresh or frozen raspberries or blueberries before baking.
Mini Cassata Cakes
Pastry chef Ghaya Oliveira makes a version of cassata, the ornate Sicilian dessert with layers of sponge cake, sweetened ricotta, candied fruit, dark chocolate and marzipan. The easy recipe here is Grace Parisi's own interpretation.
Panforte with Pears and Vanilla Cream
Fruitcake can be substituted for the panforte, a chewy Italian confection.
Plum Compote with Star Anise
Plums and star anise form a brilliant and novel pairing. Although you don't eat it, we like to leave the star anise in the syrup because it looks so beautiful; you can remove it if you prefer. Serve the compote with pound cake or butter cookies.
Gale Gand's Sugar-Dusted Vanilla Ricotta Fritters
Gale Gand got this recipe from her mother-in-law, Vita Seidita; the fritters are also good sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or dipped in jelly.
Gingered Orange Gratin
Grace Parisi mixes cold whipped crème fraîche with candied ginger, then spoons it over warm, sweet orange slices. The combination of flavors, textures and temperatures is magnificent.
Corn Cakes and Spiced Cranberries
Peter Ireland serves this delicately spiced, sweet-tart fruit compote with incredibly tender corn cakes.
Chocolate Wafers with Ginger, Fennel and Sea Salt
Grace Parisi coats wafer-thin crispbreads in dark chocolate so that they seem like candy bars studded with flaky Maldon sea salt, chewy crystallized ginger and candied fennel seeds.
Honey-Baked Figs with Ice Cream
Use purplish-black Mission figs, green-skinned Calimyrnas, or both for this great-tasting dessert. Give the figs a gentle squeeze to check for ripeness; they should be quite soft.