No matter how much you eat at Thanksgiving dinner, chances are you’ll make room for dessert.
Who can blame you, especially when there is so much pie … and maybe cake and cookies?
Pumpkin pie may be the most popular, but who has just pumpkin pie? There’s likely to be a chocolate cream or coconut cream or an apple pie right beside it.
Local favorites such as Bakery Delite in Plains Township have been busy leading up to tomorrow’s feast pouring, stirring, rolling and baking pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin cookies, cherry and blueberry pies with crumb or crust tops, key lime, coconut, strawberry, chocolate peanut butter cream, pecan, Dutch apple and mincemeat pies.
“We also make a pumpkin custard pie,” Bakery Delite co-owner George Blom said. “It’s a cross between pumpkin and a cooked pudding-type custard. It makes it different topped with whipped cream.”
The bakery tops many of the pumpkin pies with whipped cream.
“A lot of people like that pumpkin chiffon pie,” Blom said. “It’s creamier.”
They’re all good, but the most popular desserts for Thanksgiving still are pumpkin and apple pie, he added.
“Pumpkin and apple are neck and neck,” said Pat Greenfield, owner and chef of Grico’s restaurant in Exeter. “Then pumpkin pulls ahead. It always seems like we run out of pumpkin.”
Bonnie Kowalski of Sanitary Bakery in Nanticoke also finds those two pies dominate most orders.
“It’s mostly pumpkin pie, apple pie,” said Kowalski, whose husband, Ed, co-owns the business with his brother Joe.
But cream pies go out the door, too — coconut cream, banana cream, chocolate cream.
As do poppyseed and nut bread.
Blom said his bakery receives a lot of specialty requests.
“We make pretty much anything,” Blom said. “Banana split pie — it’s with bananas, strawberries, chocolate syrup. Every once in a while, we get a request for that.”
They also receive orders for the holiday for a country orchard pie, with apples, strawberries, peaches, blueberries and raspberries.
“We sell a real lot of chocolate desserts, chocolate fudge cakes, decorated cakes with turkeys on them, all kinds different Thanksgiving cakes and a lot of decorated cookies for the kids,” Blom said.
Truly Scrumptious Cafe and Cake Studio in Kingston makes pumpkin cheesecakes and fall-themed sugar cookies.
“They order them for Thanksgiving dinner,” said Danielle Stankus, assistant to owner and cake artist Cathy Reppert. “We do special-occasion cakes. We also offer fall-themed cakes for the holiday.”
“In past years, we have done kosher Thanksgiving desserts, for our folks in the Jewish community,” Stankus said.
“Basically, we don’t use any dairy products in making the dessert so it doesn’t conflict with their meal. They can’t eat meat and dairy together.”
Temple Israel in Wilkes-Barre approved the kosher desserts, Stankus said.
Those may be more popular for Thanksgiving this year given the holiday coincides with the first day of Hanukkah.