Who doesn’t love pie? Every year, Thanksgiving signals the official beginning of pie season (OK, it’s also the holiday season) and everyone has their favorite kinds. From pumpkin and pecan to apple and sweet potato, there are so many different ways to enjoy the sweet treat. Why not try adding a new pie to your annual dessert rotation? Here are three fun recipes to try this year. The first recipe is better for more experienced chefs, while the second one is perfect for anyone with a little amount of pie-baking knowledge. The third recipe is no-bake, and is a great way to wow the family without ever heating up the oven. Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!
Buttery Pumpkin Pie
Everyone loves pumpkin pie, right? Well, this pumpkin pie recipe takes it up a notch with the addition of brown butter, which adds a sweet yet smokey flavor to your pie. It’s important to watch the butter closely so it doesn’t burn, as there is a fine line between delicious brown butter and burnt butter. Also, make sure to cool that butter and cream mixture completely, before you stream in the eggs, so you don’t end up with scrambled eggs in your pie. This is a slightly more difficult recipe, but the results are oh so worth it.
Follow the directions on your pie crust to prebake the pie shell.
Old Fashioned Apple Crumble Pie
Apple pie is always a staple for Thanksgiving, but apple crumble pie makes things even more special. If you are one of those people that likes to eat the crumble off the top of the pie before you devour the rest, you’ll really love this recipe. Make sure not to over-mix the topping, as the big crumbles are what you are after here, you don’t want fine dust on top of that pie. The large chunks are amazing to pick at as you are enjoying your Thanksgiving dessert.
No Bake Carmel Apple Snickers Pie
Sinfully delicious! That is the only way to describe this no-bake pie filled with bite sized Snickers bars and lots of caramel sauce. You can make your own caramel sauce from scratch, but the store-bought variety works just as well here. When it comes to selecting apples, Granny Smith usually works the best for pies, but other varieties can be used as well. Just make sure your apples are the freshest you can get and you’ll have an amazing dessert that looks like you spent hour slaving away, when in reality this one whips up very quickly. You can also use other candy bars for the layers, but Snickers have that great mix of peanuts and chocolate that works perfectly with this recipe.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.