Monday, November 21, 2011

T-Minus Three Days 'Til T-Day, Do You Know What Kind of Pie You're Making?

Ritz Mock Apple Pie

Thanksgiving. It's this week. Yeah, I know, the crazy weather has thrown me off, too. But it's game time. Sure turkey may be the "star of the show," but you and I know it's not about the bird. It's about the pie. And while you could go the regular old pumpkin and apple route, why not mix it up? Here are some off beat pies that will be welcome additions to your Thanksgiving table...

Mmm.  Pear Gruyere Pie!
Let's start with Pear Gruyère Pie. This is my signature pie. I created the recipe as a tribute to the brilliant and dearly departed tv show Pushing Daisies. The gruyère and butter crust is a surprisingly perfect complement to the spicy, sweet, boozy poached pear filling. Make a double batch of crust and use the extra for an awesome leftover turkey pot pie.

Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnut Pie
Next up Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnut Pie. I created this for Jackie Gordon and Ken Leung'spie potluck at Rodeo Bar last month. This may very well be my new signature pie. Start with chocolate graham cracker crust. Add homemade chili chocolate pudding (way easier to make than you might think). Top with homemade pumpkin doughnuts (how good would these be for Thanksgiving breakfast? Soooo good. That's how good.)

Looking for an apple-ish pie without having to peel, core and slice apples? Try these two recipes I recently cooked up for my American Classics recipe column for Serious Sweets...

The first pic above is the famous (infamous?) RITZ Mock Apple Pie, that you may remember from off the back of the RITZ cracker box. Warning, this pie contains no apples. But it tastes like it does. No, really. Due to the presence of vanilla, lemon and cinnamon, the filling tastes remarkably similar to a tender apple pie.

Cider Custard Pie
If you're not up faking out your guests, but still want an easy pie in the apple realm, try this Cider Custard Pie. Slightly sweet, with a puckery finish, this creamy pie takes your standard custard to the next level.

Magic Cookie Bar Pie

Got some kid helpers coming over for Thanksgiving? Cakespy's Magic Cookie Bar Pie is quick, easy and fun to make.

Brown Butter Pumpkin

Not into making your own pie? You could try to get one of the limited pies that Four & Twenty Blackbirds will have available on Wednesday the 23rd and Thursday the 24th. They'll have Brown Butter Pumpkin, Salted Caramel Apple, Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan, and Salty Honey. Just be sure to set your alarm for EARLY. Blondie braved the lines last year and they completely sold out. The early bird gets the pie.

What are you planning on making for Thanksgiving?


the [sugar] apothecary said...

YES! Pie season is in full effect. I actually spent the morning mixing up some pie dough (we're doing one Thanksgiving tomorrow, one on Thursday with my boyfriend's family). Man, I'd be petrified to go anywhere near Four & Twenty on Thanksgiving day... but for Brown Butter Pumpkin, perhaps.

Jonathon Matthews said...

I love the mention of Pushing Daises! Watching that show seriously made me consider dabbling in pies. I haven't done so yet but the craving still exists. The Chili Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnut Pie sounds delicious though!

Any creative twists on my personal favorite - the pecan pie?