What's the best formula for a showstopping pie? Read on for a few ideas. Plus, try our best Thanksgiving desserts!
The secret to this pie is using half tart apples (Cox Pippin, Gravenstein, Granny Smith) and half flavorful, sweet varieties (Fuji, Golden or Johnny Gold). The tart apples will hold their shape so the filling has substance and bakes well. The sweet apples cook down into a sauce texture and add extra flavor to the pie.
"This pie is sensational in flavor as well as texture," says Wilson. Topped with a crunchy blend of amaretto cookies and almonds, "the juxtaposition of creamy pumpkin custard and ultra crisp topping is unexpected and exciting," adds Wilson.
Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving staple, but who says it has to come from a vegetable puree? This James Beard award winner's use of pumpkin ice cream doesn't distract from the pie's flavor or presentation.
Forego the slicing and trail of crust crumbs with these charming little individual apple pies. Serve warm after dinner with a large dollop of mascarpone. To give taste buds an extra treat, stir some confectioners' sugar into the mascarpone, then add a splash of calvados.
This is a modern adaptation of a traditional mincemeat pie, as it contains no meat or suet. Instead, there's a festive mixture of apples, dried fruit, and nuts lightly spiced and gently doused with apple brandy.
To be honest, streusel is always a delicious treat, but it's even better with a sour touch. Sour cherries lend just the right amount of tartness, blending seamlessly with a sprinkle of warm cinnamon, to this recipe from Luisa Weiss's "."
There's bound to be one or two family members demanding pumpkin pie each year, and we don't blame them. Serve up this classic recipe from Maria Rodale's "" for a dessert that's delicious served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.
Feel free to get a little untraditional with your Thanksgiving desserts — besides, sweet is one thing most dinner guests can agree on, despite the form. This milk pie from Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick's "" is a delicious custard dessert that is best served warm with roasted apples or pears.
If you're ready to swap out apple pie for something a tad different this year, try this incredible poached pear pie recipe from Kate McDermott's "," which features mouthwatering layers of poached pears, sweetened sour cream, caramel sauce and oat crisp topping. Need we say more?
If you know someone who doesn't love cooked berries, this pie recipe from Maria Rodale's "Scratch" is the perfect compromise. Half baked fruit and half fresh berries, this delicious dessert will be devoured in seconds.
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