Pecan Pie

Although I am not much of a dessert person, I do try to have something on hand for our parties – and a pecan pie seemed just right for our Kentucky Derby party this year.  Easy and it makes a pretty pie, too.  This comes from Smitten Kitchen.

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Cinnamon Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Pie

This is a Cooking Light recipe I’ve always used for pumpkin pie, because it’s really excellent.  I make no changes to it except sometimes I will make the crust instead of buying crust.  Really excellent pie, easy to make, and it’s pretty. 🙂

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Pear Ginger Pie

This would really have made a lovely Christmas pie, letting pumpkin or apple shine on Thanksgiving, but I was talked into it…and no regrets, it was a nice pie, worth making again for sure.  I think that next time I make it, I will double or triple the crystalized ginger.  I used multiple recipes to get to this, and though I waffled on double crust or streusel, I’m very glad I went with the latter…made the pie. 🙂

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French Silk Pie

I’m not much of a chocolate fan, but Shawn is, and this was one he mentioned he’d like for Thanksgiving.  I’m glad he did…it was good enough that I enjoyed it as well!  Very rich, but not difficult and we all liked it a lot.  This is a Pioneer Woman recipe I made with no adjustments.  I did use store bought pie crust…the chocolate stole the show so it didn’t much matter. 🙂  It was perfect with some homemade whipped cream.

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Dutch Apple Pie with Oatmeal Streusel

Pie is the one dessert I can’t stay away from in any circumstance.  I really do like apple, and prefer dutch.  This one was pretty good, though I felt the topping ended up too crunchy…I think tenting the pie in the last 10-15 minutes, or maybe a smidge more butter might have prevented that.  I would make it again and try to adjust.  I did a braided crust since this was our Thanksgiving pie (I’m a little late to the party posting this!), and it puffed up quite well and I thought really added a nice layer.  We used a mixture of Fuji and Jonagolds which we had picked ourselves for this, and they were great…I think you could use any apple, really.

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Blackberry Pie

I really, really love pie.  Any kind.  And I really love blackberries.  When our local farmer’s market had some fabulous-looking blackberries, I bought a ridiculous amount and of course had to make a pie.  The result was very good, and very tart, and would have been even better if I’d had some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on hand to go with it.  I got this particular recipe from Joy of Baking, one of my favorite websites – I’ve always had fantastic luck with her recipes!

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