Pie, the word alone elicits happy memories of baking in the kitchen and sharing stories over a slice. While you canÕt go wrong with the classics, adding a little something extra to an already great recipe can yield wonderfully delicious results. LetÕs look at these 7 classic holiday pie recipes with a twist:
1. Brown Butter Apple Pie with a Cheddar Crust
With a mix of both granny smith and golden delicious for the filling, the sweetness of the apple compliments the subtle cheese flavor of the flakey cheddar crust perfectly. DonÕt be afraid of the cheesy crust, these are a match made in pie heaven! Click here to see the full recipe.
2. Pumpkin Pie with A Flavor Zing
Lemon zest, spices, brown sugar, and vanilla elevate this humble pumpkin pie recipe to new heights. Super easy to make, the flavors are said to get better when left overnight. Make it the day before Thanksgiving and have dessert taken care of! Click here to see the full recipe.
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3. Bourbon Pecan Pie
A punch of bourbony goodness sets this pie apart from its classic counterpart. You can also try coarsely chopping the pecans, using Amaretto instead of Bourbon, or adding a little bit of cinnamon. The alcohol cooks out, leaving behind a rich taste (everyone should be ok to drive home later!). Click here to see the full recipe.
4. Sweet Potato Pie with Cinnamon Roll Crust
The milder flavors of sweet potato pie lend to themselves to having a sweeter crustÐÐcinnamon rolls! Not only does it taste great, it adds a nice swirling design to your pie crust. The creamy sweet potato filling is easy to make, but your special crust will add a definite wow factor. Click here to see the full recipe.
5. Red Wine Blueberry Pie
A twist, pop, and pour of red wine give this pie recipe an edge. DonÕt worry, you canÕt taste the wine. The recipe calls for frozen blueberries, and simmering the berries in wine helps bring them back to life with added vigor. Try it for yourself! Click here to see the full recipe.
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6. BaileyÕs Salted Caramel Chocolate Cream Pie
A deliciously easy take on the original chocolate cream pie, the salted caramel and BaileyÕs cream liqueur add a dreamy richness to this dessert. This pie is all about the filling, so be ready to indulge. ItÕs also the quickest recipe on the list (minus leaving room for the pie to set). Make ahead of time and have dessert taken care on Thanksgiving, if you can resist seeing it in the fridge for a couple of days! Click here to see the full recipe.
7. Blueberry-Lemon Meringue Pie
This citrusy fruit combo is a tart and tasty treat meringue lovers will all approve of. With an added layer of blueberry in the middle, not only is this pie beautiful, but itÕs an extremely easy way to take a classic to new heights. Click here to see the full recipe.
Whether you decide to branch out or keep to the classics this Thanksgiving, have fun in the kitchen creating something tasty. Happy Thanksgiving, and happy baking!