I'm new here, but I had to post the link to this recipe, because not only is it delicious, but if I don't make this every Thanksgiving, people actually whine! That's how good it is. Unless someone asks for a pumpkin pie, this is what I bake instead. It's called PUMPKIN ROLL CAKE WITH TOFFEE CREAM FILLING AND CARAMEL SAUCE. If you don't like the flavor of rum, you can always substitute something else, or leave it out completely. Also, I make my own caramel sauce instead of buying it.
In addition to the Pumpkin Roll, I make a simple deep dish apple pie with a lattice crust...but after the pie is filled with the 'requisite' apples, sugars, flour, cinnamon etc.., a small bit of sauce containing brown/white sugar, water, butter and cinnamon is cooked down, then poured over the lattice before it's baked. It's incredibly good!
I also put together some kind of fruit ambrosia for the calorie watchers, and of course, a pecan pie...with a white and milk chocolate drizzle on top.
By the way, the link to the Tropical Carrot Cake is now a part of my Thanksgiving dessert (or 'anytime' dessert) repertoire! Thank You!