As the holiday season approaches, the joy of baking takes center stage. Yet, we all know the stress that can come with creating the perfect holiday desserts...and the holiday season in general. Well, we here at Silpat are here to make your life easier. Silpat, with our innovative baking solutions, transforms this usually stressful time into a stress-free baking experience. In fact, we guarantee you'll never love baking more once you begin using Silpat products! In this blog post, we'll guide you through four delectable Thanksgiving dessert ideas, each made effortlessly with Silpat's innovative non-stick baking products.
1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Kicking off our Thanksgiving dessert journey are the irresistible Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. Baking perfection is achieved effortlessly with Silpat's Perfect Muffin Mold. The non-stick surface ensures easy release, and the even heat distribution results in golden-brown, moist muffins every time. Get ready to savor the harmonious blend of pumpkin and chocolate in a muffin that's as easy to make as it is delightful to eat.
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar (we used a mix of brown sugar & granulated)
- 1 (15 ounces) can solid-pack pumpkin purée
- 1-1/2 cups canola or vegetable oil
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp salt 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar, pumpkin, and oil.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
- Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet mixture, and stir until well combined.
- Gently fold in those decadent semisweet chocolate chips!
- Fill each Silpat muffin cup 2/3 full with the batter.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let them cool and then indulge in the pumpkin-chocolate heaven.
2. Mini Pumpkin Cakes 3 Ways
Take your Thanksgiving dessert spread to the next level with Mini Pumpkin Cakes, presented in three delightful variations. Silpat's Perfect Mini Loaf Mold is the key to creating these individual-sized masterpieces. The non-stick surface ensures easy removal, preserving the intricate details of each cake. Whether you choose cream cheese icing, chocolate chip, or streusel vanilla glaze, these mini pumpkin cakes are a charming addition for everyone with varying tastes at your holiday table!
- 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup granulated white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoon milk
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg yolk
- ⅓ cup chocolate chip
- ⅓ cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 °F and set your Silpat Mini Loaf on your perforated baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, stir the pumpkin, melted butter, milk and vanilla until smooth. Add the egg and egg yolk until combined
- Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until combined
- Evenly divide the batter into three bowls, To two bowls, fold in the chocolate chips and pecans
- Fill the Silpat Mini Loaf wells with the batter about 3/4 of the way full.
- Smooth the tops and add your streusel toppings if desired
- Back for 23-25 mins and allow to cool for 20 mins before unmolding
- Cool completely before adding the glaze or cream cheese frosting
3. French Chocolate Mendiants Recipe
Now, we know Thanksgiving is an American holiday – however we wouldn’t be a true French brand if we didn’t recommend a classic French recipe! Transport your taste buds to France with a touch of elegance. Silpat's Limited Edition Thanksgiving Half-Size Baking Mat is the perfect canvas for creating French Chocolate Mendiants. These exquisite chocolate disks adorned with nuts and dried fruits are a simple yet sophisticated addition to your Thanksgiving dessert repertoire. The non-stick surface of the baking mat ensures easy handling and perfect results every time. Be sure to get your hands on this adorable Thanksgivng mat as soon as possible – quantities are limited!
Preparation time: 20 minutes
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup pecan nuts
- 12 pistachios
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- Caramelizing the Pecans: Begin by adding the sugar and pecans to a saucepan. Allow them to cook until the sugar transforms into a luscious caramel, coating the pecans in a sweet glaze. This step not only adds a delightful crunch but also infuses a rich caramel flavor into our French-inspired chocolate creation.
- Melting the Chocolate: While the pecans are caramelizing, melt the milk chocolate chips using a double-boiler. The gentle heat ensures a smooth and velvety texture, perfect for our festive chocolate treats.
- Drawing Shapes with the Silpat® Thanksgiving Half Size Baking Mat: Lay out the Silpat® Thanksgiving Half Size Baking Mat on your baking sheet, showcasing its limited edition design. With a piping bag filled with the melted chocolate, skillfully draw the desired shapes on the mat. The Thanksgiving-themed pattern adds a touch of elegance to your creations, making them visually appealing for your holiday spread.
- Decorating with Pecans and Pistachios: Once the chocolate shapes are drawn, it's time to bring in the star ingredients. Place two caramelized pecans, one pistachio, and one caramelized walnut on each chocolate piece, creating a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. The combination of the smooth chocolate, crunchy nuts, and sweet caramel makes for a truly indulgent Thanksgiving treat.
- Setting in the Refrigerator: Allow your chocolate creations to set in the refrigerator, giving the flavors and textures time to meld together. This step ensures that each bite is a perfect balance of sweetness, nuttiness, and chocolatey goodness, creating a dessert that will be the talk of your Thanksgiving celebration.
4. Pumpkin Cheesecake
Conclude your Thanksgiving feast on a high note with a luscious Pumpkin Cheesecake. Silpat's new 6 Hole Large Round Mold makes the baking process effortless, ensuring a perfectly shaped and evenly baked cheesecake. The non-stick surface simplifies the release, allowing you to showcase this autumn-inspired dessert with ease. Treat your guests to the creamy richness of Pumpkin Cheesecake, a decadent yet straightforward masterpiece. This recipe was created by Chef Vanessa Musi, who "has been madly in love with her Silpat since 1992"!
- 2 cups simple mills honey cinnamon cookies ground finely in food processor
- 65 gr melted butter
- 450 gr philadelphia cream cheese
- 145 gr swerve granular
- ⅛ teaspoon maldon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 5 gr vanilla extract
- ⅛ cup sour cream
- 212 gr libby's brand pumpkin pure
- 1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- Preheat oven to 180°c/ 350 °F
- Mix cookies + butter in a bowl.
- Line the base of Silpat molds
- Freeze for 5 min – then bake for 5 min at 350 ° F
- Let cool
- Put cream cheese in a glass or ceramic bowl in the microwave until very soft then add sweetener, vanilla, spices, cream, salt, eggs and pumpkin puree
- Pour cheesecake over cookie crumb and bake over a perforated tray for aprox 18- 20 mins until firm and almost set. Remember it will continue to set when cool
- Freeze or refrigerate for about 1-2 hours to unmold
- Serve with whipped cream and sprinkle with pumpkin spice