pumpkin puree

Why stop at two? Spice up your holiday table this year with four layers of moist, tender pumpkin cake sandwiched the maple cream.

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

Panna cotta, which is essentially Italy's "cream jello," gets an American redo that takes on the best trappings of pumpkin pie with none of the bother.