A Delicious Make Ahead Thanksgiving Dessert

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I love Thanksgiving. When you’re all about the food, Thanksgiving is pretty much the highlight of your year. In my personal opinion the more food the better, but there’s only so much you can do in one morning. Make ahead dishes are the key to success. Thanksgiving has all the deliciousness of Christmas, but without all the stress. It’s only one day, there aren’t gifts to wrap, and a large part of the day is devoted to football. The key is how much you can get done ahead of time. The deciding factor is organization. One of my top kitchen organization secrets are food storage bags. Hefty makes all sizes, but for meal prep, my go to size is 1 gallon. I use these all year for cookie dough, spaghetti sauce, extra veggies from the produce co-op, etc. For a big event meal though, the Hefty Gallon Freezer Bags are perfect for organizing the whole meal. I pre-make whatever I can so that I can have that much less work to do on the day of. Hefty Storage Bags | Frankly Entertaining You can make rolls, cranberry sauce, and all kinds of desserts well in advance. You just have to wrap it up and freeze it. When you’re ready, pull your prep work out of the freezer, let thaw and re-heat if necessary. My favorite thing to make is definitely dessert. It’s a logistical issue though when the oven is devoted to the turkey for so many hours. By making dessert early you cut down on stress and you make the timing easy. Inverness Gingerbread | Frankly Entertaining Thanksgiving marks the official beginning of the holiday season, and I’ll take any excuse to make my house smell like gingerbread! I found the original recipe for Inverness Gingerbread in an old church cookbook. This is a dense cake and it’s not overly sweet. You can serve it with whipped cream or and orange cream sauce to lighten it up a bit. I think this is best served warm, and you can just pop it in the microwave for a minute once it’s thawed. Once you bake the cakes, just put them in a Hefty gallon sized bag and drop it in the freezer. The bags work equally well to store and freeze your turkey leftovers! Gingerbread Cake| Frankly Entertaining

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Inverness Gingerbread

Ingredients:

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 c. whipping cream
  • 1 c. finely ground oatmeal
  • 1 c. molasses
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 c. sugar

Instructions:

  1. Cream the butter, lemon zest and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl combine oatmeal, ginger and soda.
  3. Alternate adding the flour and cream to the butter mixture.
  4. Stir in the molasses and mix until you get a light dough.
  5. Bake in two well greased 9″ tins at 350° for 45 minutes.

 

A Delicious Make Ahead Thanksgiving Dessert
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Serves: 8
 
Inverness Gingerbread
Ingredients
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 c. whipping cream
  • 1 c. finely ground oatmeal
  • 1 c. molasses
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • ¼ c. sugar
Instructions
  1. Cream the butter, lemon zest and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl combine oatmeal, ginger and soda.
  3. Alternate adding the flour and cream to the butter mixture.
  4. Stir in the molasses and mix until you get a light dough.
  5. Bake in two well greased 9" tins at 350° for 45 minutes.

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