8 Delicious Thanksgiving Pie Recipes.
Thanksgiving Pies are one of my favorite things about the holiday. The only thing better than baking and eating pie on Thanksgiving, is deciding what Thanksgiving Pies I’m going to make. This involves two of my very favorite things to do: Sift through cookbooks and magazines in search of ideas, and then test, tweak and refine pie recipes.
At my house, even though I like to make at least one non-pie dessert for Thanksgiving, the pies still take center stage. I always make way too many. This is both a blessing and a curse because, well, having leftover Thanksgiving pies around the house begging to be eaten is both a blessing and a curse. The problem is that I want to give people plenty of options. Yes… I could just make 2 or 3. It would be plenty. But, it is Thanksgiving after all and it seems appropriate to offer up an abundant selection on this day, of all days. Besides, I can always send leftovers home with the guests.
This year, most (if not all) of the following pies will make their appearance on my Thanksgiving dessert table. All of them are well tested, well loved recipes. I hope a few of them will make it to your Thanksgiving dessert table as well.
The Best Homemade Apple Pie Recipe
When I think of traditional Thanksgiving Pies, Apple Pie is right up there with Pumpkin Pie. After all, Apple Pie is about as American as you can get.
There are a LOT of really great apple pie recipes out there. I have made a lot of them. Probably so have you. “Best” is relative. I’m calling this Apple Pie recipe the best because, it’s the best apple pie I’ve ever made – or eaten – in 20 years of baking apple pie. Sorghum syrup (an ingredient that makes it’s way into several of the pie recipes here) adds a deliciously deep caramel flavor to this apple pie, making it worth the extra investment. And while you could certainly replace the crumb topping with pie crust, I love the contrast between the flaky bottom crust, creamy spiced apples and the buttery brown sugar crumbles. Get the recipe for this Homemade Apple Pie.
Rum Custard Tart with Almond Pralines
This tart fits exactly what I think a Thanksgiving Pie should be: It looks like special occasion food, although it’s simple to make and all the components can be made ahead of time. The crust doesn’t even require any rolling. Most importantly, with it’s brown sugar crust, creamy rum custard, whipped cream and almond pralines, it’s an indulgence worth Every. Single. Calorie. Get the recipe for this Rum Custard Tart.
Pear Pie with an Almond Crust and Brown Sugar Crumb Topping
The flavor of this pear pie is both mild and complex. When you think about it, pears are a pretty mild tasting fruit. They are polite. Reserved. Classy. Pears don’t really like to be the center of attention. Which makes them extremely versatile. When used in desserts, pears are the perfect background for stronger flavors. In this delicious Thanksgiving Pie, they are also the perfect background for sorghum syrup, almonds, brown sugar, and pear brandy. Get the recipe for Pear Pie.
Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
Banana Cream Pie might not immediately spring to mind when you think of Thanksgiving Pies. But, make this pie just once for Thanksgiving and it will become a regular part of your menu. At least, that’s the case at my house. Whenever I ask my family their opinion about what pie I should make for any occasion, this banana cream pie tops the list. Because, oh my. This pie is delicious. A rich layer of dark chocolate custard is layered inside a buttery shortbread cookie crust, topped with rum custard, bananas and fresh whipped cream. While it’s decadent and delicious, it’s also extremely easy to make. Get the recipe for this Chocolate Banana Cream Pie.
Bourbon Pecan Pie
I know a lot of people look forward to pecan pie all year long and wouldn’t consider it Thanksgiving without a slice. Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with pecan pie. My main issue is that it’s usually too damn sweet. Two bites of pecan pie and I feel in danger of going into a sugar coma. This Pecan Pie combines sorghum syrup with bourbon to produce a caramel flavor that is complex, deep, and not shockingly sweet. Get this recipe for Bourbon Pecan Pie.
Chocolate Pie with Almonds and Bourbon
This year, our Thanksgiving Pie options will most definitely include this chocolate pie, because … Chocolate. And almonds. And bourbon. The combination of chocolate, almonds & bourbon in this gooey chocolate pie is awesome. But, you could easily replace the almonds with pecans if a chocolate pecan pie is more to your liking. Or replace the almonds with macadamia nuts – in which case I would suggest replacing the bourbon with rum and sprinkling the whole thing with toasted coconut. YUM! Hazelnuts would also be awesome. You could also swap out the bourbon with rum, Kahlua or Frangelico. Go crazy. Get the recipe for this Chocolate Pie with Almonds and Bourbon.
Raspberry Fig Tart with a Lemon Almond Cookie Crust
This Thanksgiving Pie takes a bit more time than your average sweet treat. But, look at it. Come on. Every now and then there is an occasion (like Thanksgiving) to wow people with something really beautiful, don’t you think? I love the combination of raspberries and figs in this tart, but you could use whatever fruit you like. If you don’t have access to fresh figs, substitute something else. Plums would be delicious. You could also use all raspberries. Get this recipe for Raspberry Fig Tart.
Maple Pumpkin Pie
Can you even have Thanksgiving without a Pumpkin Pie? I don’t think it’s allowed. I love the maple flavor in this pie. It’s subtle enough that it’s hard to identify. My husband said, “If you hadn’t told me there was maple syrup in this pie I would think the flavor was great, but wouldn’t know why.” Get the recipe for this Maple Pumpkin Pie.
Now I have a question for you: What is your favorite Thanksgiving Pie?
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