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Fake or Make? What to Buy and What to Make Yourself for Thanksgiving


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In five minutes, you can have homemade whipped cream for your pumpkin pie -- with an added dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.
In five minutes, you can have homemade whipped cream for your pumpkin pie -- with an added dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.
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Here's the best part about serving a Thanksgiving dessert: It's dessert. And, thanks to the delicious variety of store- and bakery-bought options, you won't have to do a thing. Desserts are not only easy to buy pre-made, they're also easy to fake. Pick up a New York cheesecake, for example, and top it with fresh or frozen blueberries or strawberries. By the time you dish up individual pieces, it will look like you fussed over it for hours. If you'd really like to bridge the great homemade divide, buy a pound cake and tear it into bite-size pieces. Layer the pieces with fresh fruits and whipped cream or pudding in a clear glass dish. It's a beautiful, easy and (almost) homemade dessert.

For a more traditional twist, purchase pre-made pumpkin pies and top them with a special treat: heavy cream, sweetened with sugar to taste and whipped until thick enough to serve. Sprinkle a bit of spice, such as nutmeg or cinnamon, over the top of your pie for a gorgeous finish. Of course, if you've left store-bought cartons in plain view (you know, the ones your desserts were wearing before they came home with you), then you aren't fooling anyone. If you'd really like to fake it, see how to cover your culinary tracks, next.


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