The search for perfect holiday pies...

It's nearly Thanksgiving, which means I've been deciding for a week now which pies to make. I've settled on a pumpkin (of course) and an apple. I've made both before with great success, but I feel the urge to try new recipes. So, this year, I've decided to make Martha Stewart's version of both, from her recent book, Pies &Tarts. When I've made apple pie in the past, I've done a lattice design for the top crust, but this year I thought I would do a plain cover, sugared well, with some vents poked through in a pretty pattern. I'd also like to try making a more elaborate crust on the pumpkin pie, perhaps with little leaves around the edge. Since I wanted to switch up the crust, I thought it might be a good time to try new recipes for the fillings as well, although, honestly, there isn't really a huge amount of difference in ingredients. Still, it's always fun to experiment to see if a little modification improves the flavor.
Should they both turn out to be a disaster (please, Martha, don't fail me...), I've got plenty of pumpkin bread in the freezer as a back up. If you're interested, here are the pumpkin pie and apple pie recipes from Martha I'll be trying. I'll let you know how they turn out. And if any of you have a pie recipe you think I should try, let me know.
Hoping all your Thanksgiving Day preparations go smoothly...

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  1. Yeah, I love pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving...I make a pretty good one from a Gourmett Magazine recipe. I love yours and nothing better than apple pie, too yummy! Come on over for a piece of Pumpkin Bread pudding! Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Thanksgiving. FABBY

  2. We don't actually "do" Thanksgiving here, however, I really like pumpkin pie (with some nutmeg) and I always make apple tart in Autumn/Winter. Wishing you a great week xo

  3. I am so grateful for your outlook and the lovely way you show us the world. Thanks dear one. Blessings.

  4. My daughter recently bought that Martha Stewart Pies and Tarts book. She loves it!!

    My family likes to stick with the tried and true recipes for Thanksgiving. A couple years ago, I decided to shake up the pumpkin pie a bit by trying a streusel-bottom recipe I had discovered in Southern Living. I was told to not try new recipes for Thanksgiving again! While they are okay with new recipes, they like the old standards for the holidays. So, it's the Libby's pumpkin recipe and my own homemade pie crust.

    Blessings to you and yours,


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