Apple pie, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie . . . why not go for something a little different this year, rather than the usual? How about bringing donuts to your holiday soiree, or punctuating the perfect turkey with an ice cream cake? The desserts described below are our favorite nontraditional takes on Thanksgiving staples. Give ‘em a shot! By Jessica Allen.
New York, NY
Doughnut Plant serves some of the best donuts in the city. Get your Thanksgiving holiday off to a yummy start with one or six of their extraordinary creations, including a roasted chestnut or cranberry relish doughnut (pictured). The latter is made with oranges and cranberries, and filled with vanilla cream. And you know what? There’s no rule that doughnuts are only good for breakfast. If someone complains, send his or her portion our way.
New York, NY
Thanks to the Cronut, Dominique Ansel and his eponymous bakery in SoHo have become mega-mega popular. Never content to rest on his past successes, Ansel continues to push the pastry envelope, developing super-cool, super-interesting desserts like the frozen s’more. Just in time for Thankgiving Day, he’s selling gingerbread croissants, stuffed with gingerbread-spiced frangipane and caramel coulant, and sprinkled with caramelized pecans and marshmallows.
The pumpkin cheesecake ice cream cake from Ample Hills has many, many things going for it, namely nine (nine!) layers of pumpkin cheese cake ice cream and Nonna D’s oatmeal lace ice cream, which itself contains caramel, brownie, fudge, and homemade graham cracker crumble. Any schmoe can bring a cheesecake to a party, but packing a cheesecake ice cream cake requires forethought and effort. Go ahead and be that guy or gal!
New York, NY
Spot Dessert Bar does something called dessert tapas (you can also buy cookies, cupcakes, and other treats a la carte). Basically, you get a multi-course meal made of dessert. The offerings at this little space in the East Village put an Asian spin on classic European and American desserts, changing the menu seasonally. Available now, the sweet potato cake is covered with sauteed apples, creme fraiche, and spiced brown sugar ice cream.
For its signature Thanksgiving Ice Cream Cake, the mad flavor scientists behind OddFellows begin with a thick base layer of apple cider ice cream. Atop that goes brown butter cake, streusel, and caramelized apple. And then the whole thing gets a goodly dose of chocolate. Order by Nov. 20 to ensure (1) your cake and (2) that you’ll be the hit of your holiday gathering. The ice cream cake is back by popular demand!