Tuesday, December 2, 2008

My Three Thanksgiving Pies

Oh so delicious you are
Unlike Brownie, I didn't have much use for leftovers. I kept reheating the same meal ad nauseum to the point of a semi-nervous breakdown Sunday night: "I can't eat anymore of these vegetables!!!" And in all seriousness, the only reason I wake up on holidays is for the breakfast and dessert. Any food in between that is filler.

This Thanksgiving, I got to have three pies, one handmade by me, the other two handmade by others. For Madras Man's Wednesday night dinner, I tried Brownie's Apple Bacon Gruyère switching out the bacon for a half pound of pancetta. You read that right, Apple Pancetta Gruyère.

Pretty Green Apples!

Apples +

Chopped up pancetta

Pancetta +

Shredded Gruyere

Gruyère =

Hot out of the Oven-Apple Pancetta Gruyere
The most delicious sweet and savory pie I've had in my entire life.

For the record, I needed to do two tries at the crust and assistance from Mommsie, but in the end it all came together. I baked the pie while we were all eating dinner leading to a wonderful pie-baking smell. Even hot out of the oven, it received RAVE reviews. Excellent idea, Brownie.

Briermere Farms Cranberry Pear
After my next Thanksgiving dinner, I was allowed the choice between two outstanding pies from renowned bakeshops, a cranberry pear from Briermere Farms and a Three Berry Crumble from Tate's Bake Shop. Briermere Farms is often called Long Island's best and I wholeheartedly agree. The cranberry pear is the right balance of tart and sweet with the perfect flaky crust and very flavorful fruit. The cranberries even still had a little bit of juice inside. I really think I need to get out to their farm more often.

Tate's Bakeshop Three Berry Crumb
This was my first time trying Tate's since I don't make it out to summer in Southampton much. The filling is strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries; sweet, but not overwhelming, and though not in our local season, yet the filling was full of berry flavor. The crumble is sweet and crunchy, just how I like it. My slice or two disappeared before any photos were taken. Guess that just means I'll have to swing by both the Forks soon!

For Brownie's, Apple Bacon Gruyère Pie Recipe, click here. I replaced the 3/4 pound of bacon with 1/2 pound of pancetta and increased the gruyère to between 3 and 4 ounces.

Briarmere Farms
4414 Sound Avenue
Riverhead, NY
(631) 722-3931
Unfortunately, it appears Briarmere's pies are NOT available anywhere outside of the farm. If anyone has other information, please let me know ASAP!

Tate's Bake Shop
43 North Sea Road
Southampton, NY
(631) 780-6511
Tate's does have online shopping, and a good variety of baked goods are available for shipping, like cookies

1 comment:

Brownie said...

Mmmm. Thanksgiving should always come with at least three pies. Beautiful job on the apple, pancetta and gruyere pie!