This week as Thanksgiving is coming up I wanted to share a couple of pie recipes. If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, these pies are great for anything this time of year. In my house we always do apple and pumpkin pie, so those are the recipes I’m going to share. I’ll put a link to my apple pie post from last year too, if you haven’t read it :). So starting off, I’m going to talk about the pumpkin pie. This is a pie my mom makes every year, but I’m not sure where she originally got the recipe from.
What you need:
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
4 large eggs
1 can (29 ounces) of 100% pure pumpkin
2 cans (12 fluid ounces each) evaporated milk
For the crust you can use whichever you prefer.
What you do:
Step 1: In a small bowl mix the sugar, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
Step 2: In a large bowl beat the eggs
Step 3: Stir pumpkin and spice mixture into beaten eggs
Step 4: Gradually stir the evaporated milk into other mixture
Step 5: Pour mixture into pie shell
Step 6: Bake in preheated oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Then reduce temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-50 minutes or until you can stick a knife into the center and it comes out clean.
Step 7: Once the pie comes out of the oven, put it on a cooling rack for about 2 hours. And either serve right away or put into the refrigerator.
I should say that this recipe will make two pies, so if you prefer, you could probably cut it in half.
And it is absolutely delicious. I like to top it with homemade whipped cream and it’s always a hit.
The next pie is an apple pie. And it’s not your typical apple pie by a long shot. But my sister made this recently and I thought it was too good not to include. And it’s Carla Hall’s Apple Snickerdoodle Pie. It sounds a bit weird, but trust me it’s so good.
What you need:
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar (plus an additional 1/2 cup)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6 Granny Smith apples (cored and sliced)
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 of a lemon (juiced)
Again, for the crust you can use whatever you prefer, but this says to use Carla Hall’s Perfect Pie Crust, which I will also leave a link for below.
What you do:
Step 1: In a small bowl add the cream of tartar, salt, baking soda, flour and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, whisk to combine. In another bowl, you can do this with a stand mixer or a hand mixer, add the butter and sugar. Cream until light and fluffy. To the butter mixture add the vanilla and the egg and mix until well combined. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Step 2: In another small bowl add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, stir to combine. Take the snickerdoodle dough and form 1 inch balls. Take those balls and roll them in the sugar mixture. Put back in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them.
Step 3: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 1: Roll out your pie crust, if you’re using Carla’s recipe, 1 circle of dough, to about an 11 inch circle and place in a 9 inch pie plate, folding the edges under and crimping. Refrigerate for 15 minutes while you prepare the filling. And any additional pie dough you have you can freeze if you feel the need. It’s also important to make sure you flour the surface you are going to roll your dough on so it doesn’t stick.
Step 1: In a large bowl add the apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice. Mix to combine. Pour the filling mixture into the chilled pie crust. Then put the coated snickerdoodle balls on top of the filling, pressing down lightly to flatten.
Step 2: Put pie into the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Then cover the pie with foil and bake for another 45 minutes or until the apples are tender and the snickerdoodles are a nice golden brown. And you can top this with whatever you like.
Like I said, this pie is really good and is sure to be a hit at any party.
I think that about wraps it up for this post. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is on Thursday, it seems like it came out of nowhere. And if you were looking for a good pie recipe, I hope I was able to help you out :). If I decide to do another post like this it will probably be in December with some Christmas cookies or something like that.
Until next time, have fun baking and I hope everyone who celebrates has a happy Thanksgiving :).
2015 Apple Pie post:
Carla Hall Pie Crust:
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