Harvest Pie from The Estes Pie Shop and Bakery (credit: Deborah Flomberg)
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means you are probably hard at work planning your menus, inviting your guests and making pretty centerpieces. Of course, you’ll want your food to be reflective of your traditions with recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. However, don’t be afraid to sneak in a new recipe or two to keep things interesting and to enjoy some new flavors. If you aren’t sure where to start with something different, why not bring in the one thing that everyone always loves – pie. There are so many amazing and creative pie recipes that you can offer one or two different pies each year and they are sure to be a huge hit with everyone. Here are two that you simply must take the time to try.
Estes Park Pie Shop and Bakery
509 Big Thompson Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517
Known by locals as the “you need pie” diner, the Estes Park Pie Shop and Bakery is more than a full-service diner and pie shop. It’s the kind of place that adheres to a very important mission – “Would Grandma be proud?” Everything this local pie haven does lives by that advice, from the recipes to the atmosphere and even the service. If it wouldn’t make Grandma proud, then they don’t do it.
The Estes Park Pie Shop and Bakery is owned by Valerie and Rick Thompson and has been going strong since 2008. It’s grown a strong reputation for amazing pie recipes, and has won several awards over the years including “The Best Place Along the Front Range to get Pie” from The Denver Post in 2011. Here, Valerie Thompson offers two of her favorite pie recipes for you to try at home. Give it a shot, or take the drive to Estes Park and enjoy the beautiful fall colors while you pick up a couple of pies to go.
Caramel Apple Pecan Pie
Pecan pie is always a holiday staple, but why not jazz up your usual pecan pie recipe with this delicious alternative? This one is always a huge hit at the pie shop and it uses a combination of oats, brown sugar and butter to create a moist and crumbly topping that everyone will love. You can make your own caramel sauce from scratch, or to save some time, you can also use your favorite prepared caramel sauce to add even more sweetness to this delectable pie.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.