Top Ten Thanksgiving Pies
Roadtested by our readers of The What
David Mamet was quoted as saying “Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” Perhaps this explains the reason it’s the Thanksgiving dessert of choice when families gather round and raise our levels of cortisol. Here’s a shortlist of tried and true recipes recommended by our readers of The What.
Anyone who has taken a bite of Milk Bar’s best selling crack pie immediately knows the reason for the sassy name. This rich, salty-sweet pie recipe has an irresistible oat cookie crust.
Courtesy of The Neely’s, Pat and Gina bake an incredibly delicious chocolate pecan pie that his brother Tony dreamed up for Thanksgiving.
Apple pie is one of our favorite desserts, but baking this classic as bars is so much easier and more original.
Emmer farro flour, made from whole-grain emmer wheat, gives the crostata a rustic texture and great flavor. Low in gluten, it needs to be mixed with all-purpose flour to hold the crust together. Sweet frangipane (almond pastry cream) mellows the tart cranberries.
This smooth, fragrant tart is a perfect last minute recipe for a house full of holiday guests.
Sweet potato pie is a Southern staple, fragrant with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Most versions pair roasted sweet potatoes with evaporated milk, but this recipe has them simmering with whole spices in milk and cream.
A pumpkin pie for those underwhelmed by traditional pumpkin pie (that’s us) — a tart lined with a gingersnap cookie crust, filled with creamy pumpkin and spices, and topped with a dark chocolate ganache.
Let Fuyu persimmons (the flat-bottom variety) ripen until they’re deep orange and sweet, then set them off simply in a buttery crust with a big dollop of rich mascarpone cheese.
These were inspired by a cook named Ana, a Brazilian food blogger living in Italy. Give these gorgeous looking, and delicious apple roses anytime this holiday season.
What is super awesome about pumpkin pie is that it’s not sickly sweet. It’s perfectly sweet, and wonderfully textured, but not super sweet. This just means you can have a really LARGE slice and feel perfectly fine about it.