You may look forward to a beautifully stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes and other Thanksgiving essentials, but let’s face it: what your guests are really looking forward to is dessert. After all, a sweet treat always seems to be the one dish that everyone can make room for. Instead of picking up a store-bought pie this holiday, try your hand at making your own homemade pie that will leave your family and friends raving long after the table has been cleared. This Thanksgiving, impress your guests with these homemade pie recipes from Samantha Eyth of Samantha’s Sweets, which even features her special pie crust and whipped cream.
Samantha Eyth is the creative force behind her home-based business Samantha’s Sweets. Born into a long line of bakers, artists and confectionery creators, including the Reymers of Reymer Brothers Candy, Eyth transformed her cake-making hobby into an official business that now specializes in wedding and special occasion cakes, custom cake cart, cupcakes, sweets and party favors. “I love what I do and my customers are super important to me,” adds Eyth. “I have made so many wonderful friends, as I get the honor of being a part of their weddings, babies’ first birthdays, anniversaries and more.” Eyth is licensed and inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Shoo-fly pie is a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dessert. The molasses gives this pie its sweet taste while the season’s best spices like cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg and cloves lend a seasonal flavor.
This pumpkin pie with an eggnog twist is perfect for Thanksgiving and can be made for the Christmas season as well. Eyth suggests serving this pie with her best homemade whipped cream.
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A homemade pie filling deserves an amazing homemade pie crust.
Ingredients (makes two crusts):
“I always make homemade whipped cream,” says Eyth, who likes hers to be very stiff. “It is so much better than canned!” Eyth recommends using it on the first day it’s made, but says that it can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days.