These Make-Ahead Desserts Just Won Thanksgiving

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BY BON APPETIT

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This year, we found a way to make even pumpkin pie more modern (dare we say more beautiful). And if you really can't go there, we've got some crazy-delicious new suggestions:

A press-in crust, short bake time, and do-ahead option liberate you (and your oven) on Thanksgiving Day.

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Who needs cranberries when you can have pomegranate juice?

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Some almond paste is sold in a tube; other brands will be in a can in the baking aisle. If you don't have a scale, measure ⅓ cup, packed.

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The swirly meringue topping on this pie is stable enough to make a day ahead and keep chilled-even if you've brûléed it.

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This year, we found a way to make even pumpkin pie more modern (dare we say more beautiful). And if you really can't go there, we've got some crazy-delicious new suggestions.