Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post!


 
Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup

A couple of weeks ago I packed an overnight bag and headed to Jersey for the night for something I’ve never done before, but will hopefully be doing again - a pie sleepover! I went to stay with my good friend Erin, and we put together a one-stop Thanksgiving Pie (or any time pie) post for you! We chose nine of our favourite recipes - some traditional, and some less traditional (I think? I know nothing about Thanksgiving lol), and I think that we managed to come up with something for everyone. Erin is the queen of the pie (She just did an incredible feature in the NEW YORK TIMES!), and we had the best time spending two days together to have a proper catch up rather than just a quick dinner or drink every now and then like we usually manage. I learnt LOADS, ate loads, and if I may say so myself, we put together a fairly epic pie roundup for you - in our opinions, nine of the best pies to make for Thanksgiving!

We have used existing recipes here - either from Erin’s book (which you should get right now if you don’t already own), one of the many recipes she has developed, or recipes from here on my blog, so underneath each photo you will find a link to the recipe, along with any notes we have or changes that we have made. The pies are perfect as singles, but we also wanted to give you recipes that compliment each other, so if you’re hoping to make a pie spread for Thanksgiving, we got you.

Here’s what we ended up with (in the order listed):

  • Pumpkin Sugar Pie

  • Nutella French Silk Pie

  • Chocolate Pecan Pie

  • Bourbon Apple Galette

  • Chocolate Cream pie with Peanut Butter Cream

  • Blood Orange Meringue Pie

  • Miso Caramel Apple Pie

  • Concord Grape Pie

  • Apple Butterscotch Pie

Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup

A few wee notes on pie making:

  • Erin taught me an amazing way to make your pie dough smooth and easy to work with, while still being flaky AF: Make the dough as usual (you can keep the butter chunks quite big), wrap it up, rest in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour, then roll it out into a rectangle, fold it like a letter, then repeat the process. You then fold all four corners inward to form the rectangle into a disc, then re-wrap and rest in the fridge until you are ready to roll out! This process is similar to how rough puff is made, and really helps develop layers in the dough, while keeping it smooth and pretty! This technique was an absolute game changer for me, and I’m going to be using it every time I make dough now!

  • An overnight rest is best if possible for the dough, but if not, a couple of hours will work if you are in a pinch.

  • If you have a fave dough recipe, go ahead and use that! Otherwise ours are in the recipes!

  • Take things slow, and keep things cold. The best pies are the ones made where you aren’t in a rush! If you find your dough is warming up, pop it back into the fridge for a bit so that it firms up again slightly. Give your pie a good amount of time to rest in the fridge before you bake it to allow the crust to chill properly.

  • Some of the pies require a par-bake. We did this the night before, then filled and baked off the day of. This is an easy way to get some of the prep work done ahead of time.

  • Fruit pies can be made ahead of time - I like to make the filled pie, then freeze it unbaked until it is pie time! I usually freeze it until the crust is solid, then wrap tightly in foil to store in the freezer. It may need a little longer in the oven to account for the freezing.

  • Some of these pies need time to set - like the Nutella French Silk and Chocolate Cream Pie, so make sure you account for this!

  • If you want a clean cut on your pie, make sure that it is totally cool before cutting into it.

  • Erin has about 12 zillion more amazing pie tips in her book, including different ways to crimp your crust! (I also saved all the videos to my highlights on IG if you want a little relaxing video watching session)

  • The recipe for the apple butterscotch pie is in an ebook alllll about pie which Erin is releasing very soon! As soon as it is online, I will add the link!

  • If you have any questions, please leave them down below, and I will do my very best to answer everything!


Pumpkin Sugar Pie: The Pumpkin Pie for people who don’t like Pumpkin Pie

Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup

Both Erin and I aren’t giant fans of Pumpkin Pie - for me, I would just rather eat something else. I grew up eating savoury pumpkin dishes (we don’t have pumpkin pie / thanksgiving in New Zealand), so I’ve never been super into it. I also find it a little stressful to make, as I worry about it overcooking and cracking, which is caused by the protein in the eggs tightening up too much, causing cracks. This Pumpkin Sugar Pie, however is a bit of a game changer. It is set with flour as opposed to eggs, so you don’t have to worry about it cracking, and has a beautiful silky texture. It’s the best, and I will definitely be making it this year! Plus, drowning things in icing sugar is far too much fun. If you are looking for other sugar pie recipes, Erin just posted two in her NYT feature, and there’s the OG in her book!

 

 

Nutella French Silk Pie: A twist on the classic French Silk Pie

Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup

I developed this one not too long ago, and it might possibly be a top contender for best pie ever in my books. I know Chocolate pie isn’t a traditional thanksgiving staple, but can we make it one? Haha. I think having a chocolate pie to balance out all the fruit pies is essential. This one, unlike most french silk pies, doesn’t use any raw eggs, and it is silky smooth with a good Nutella hit. It’s finished with swirls of whipped cream and chopped hazelnuts. You can’t really go wrong.

 

 

Chocolate Pecan Pie: A classic Thanksgiving Staple

Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup

I don’t know a whole lot about pecan pie, but I do know that 1. It is a Thanksgiving classic, and 2. Erin’s version is epic. She doubled the filling for the recipe linked below, then baked it in a par baked crust, the same way you would do a sugar pie. Erin doubled the recipe for this chocolate pecan galette, and baked it in a par-baked crust (with a fork crimp! So cute!), until the pecans were toasty and the filling was set.

 

 

Bourbon apple galette: The apple pie that doesn’t require a lattice

Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup

Galettes are the perfect option for those who still want pie, but find making a double crust or crimping dough intimidating. You basically roll out the dough, dump the filling in, and then fold up the sides however you like. This Bourbon Apple Galette is super easy and crazy delicious - you make a lightly spiced bourbon sugar mixture, which is drizzled over the apples before baking, and turns the filling into this amazing caramelised apple situation. We used this recipe, but made it round rather than square.

 

 

Chocolate cream pie with peanut butter cream: For the peanut butter lover

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This pie was the very first thing I made from Erin’s book, and I quickly got hooked on the peanut butter whipped cream on top, and proceeded to put it on everything I made. To make this pie, you fully blind bake a crust, then pour pudding into it and allow it to set, before finishing with peanut butter whipped cream. The cream really finishes it off, so don’t skip it!

 

 

Blood Orange Meringue Pie: The Perfect citrus meringue pie

Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup

I love a good lemon meringue pie (I mainly just love burning things with my blow torch), so was super excited when Erin suggested a rework of the grapefruit meringue pie from her book! I love how this one turned out so much - the best part about meringue pies is not having to worry about what the surface of the pie looks like, because you know you’re just going to load it up with meringue anyway. The curd was a beautiful pink colour, and it was an epic twist on the traditional. The recipe for this is the grapefruit meringue pie in Erin’s book - we just subbed blood orange juice for the grapefruit.

  • Get the recipe: You can buy Erin’s book here

 

 

Miso Caramel Apple pie: a variation on the traditional caramel apple pie

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This pie has been a very firm favourite in our house for a while now - I love caramel apple pie, but there is something about the umami, savoury flavour that the miso caramel gives to this pie that I just can’t go past. The miso caramel recipe makes a little more than you need, which means some very epic ice cream sundaes are going to be in your future. It’s perfect if you are looking for a wee twist on apple pie!

 

 

Concord grape pie: for a wee taste of summer

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I had Concord Grape pie for the first time a couple of weeks ago at Gramercy Tavern, and was instantly obsessed. Concord grapes are a variety of grape grown here in the USA - if you’re from New Zealand, I would describe them as the same kind of grapes people grow on vines in their garden - the dark purple ones with the kind of waxy finish and the skins that pull away super easily. You know the ones? Good. Erin’s filling is perfect - she had some frozen grapes she used for the filling. I’ve seen them still in season here in NYC, so if you see some, grab them and stash them and make this pie! This recipe is also from Erin’s book, and she did a simple ‘fattice’ on the top (using fat strips), which is a great lattice to use if you’re unsure about weaving pie dough, because it’s super simple, but still so, so pretty!

  • Get the recipe: You can buy Erin’s book here

 

 

Apple butterscotch pie: for when you can’t decide between a cream pie and a fruit pie

Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup

This pie was my very very favourite of them all. It’s a cooked apple filling, which is baked in a par baked crust, and then covered with a butterscotch pudding, then set in the fridge and topped with a layer of whipped cream. There’s so many flavours going on - the spiced fruit, the sweet pudding and the whipped cream. It’s like all the best parts about different types of pies had a baby, and this is it. The recipe for this one is in an ebook that Erin is releasing super super soon, so as soon as the link is live I will pop it here for you and update the post!

  • Get the recipe: Link to Erin’s ebook is here!

Happy Happy Thanksgiving, or if you don’t celebrate, happy pie making!

 

 
Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup
Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup
Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup
Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup
Nine of the Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes: the Ultimate Pie Roundup Post! This roundup post lists some of the best thanksgiving pie recipes - there is literally something for everyone. Make just one or mix and match for the ultimate thanksgiving pie spread. #thanksgiving #pierecipes #roundup

Miso Caramel Apple Pie


 
Miso Caramel Apple Pie - Flaky pastry, fresh apples, and a sweet/savoury miso caramel
Miso Caramel Apple Pie - Flaky pastry, fresh apples, and a sweet/savoury miso caramel
Miso Caramel Apple Pie - Flaky pastry, fresh apples, and a sweet/savoury miso caramel
Miso Caramel Apple Pie - Flaky pastry, fresh apples, and a sweet/savoury miso caramel
Miso Caramel Apple Pie - Flaky pastry, fresh apples, and a sweet/savoury miso caramel
Miso Caramel Apple Pie - Flaky pastry, fresh apples, and a sweet/savoury miso caramel
Miso Caramel Apple Pie - Flaky pastry, fresh apples, and a sweet/savoury miso caramel
Miso Caramel Apple Pie - Flaky pastry, fresh apples, and a sweet/savoury miso caramel
Miso Caramel Apple Pie - Flaky pastry, fresh apples, and a sweet/savoury miso caramel

It doesn't feel at all like autumn, even though there are already apples and pears at the green market. The days are still hot and humid, and it's all too tempting to flick on the air conditioning and pretend that it isn't boiling outside. I am right in the middle of a bunch of travel (we leave for the Saveur awards TODAY and I am v nervous but also v excited! You can follow along on stories!), so hopefully once we make it back it will be well and truly warm clothes weather.

I head to San Fran the day after getting back from the blog awards, and then we are going to PARIS!! I am in the middle of an epic planning list, and spend my free time reading up on other bloggers who have been there, just to plan out the list of the eats. I can't wait! We used to travel heaps when I was little, but it was mainly to Canada. Europe is crazy far from New Zealand, so we are going to hopefully make the most of living on this side of the world and visit as many places as we can while we live here!

I'm just going to pretend that it's sweater weather though, because there is pie to be made! I riffed on the traditional salted caramel apple pie, by adding a little miso to the caramel. The first time I made it was when Jill and I made Claudia's miso butterscotch sauce to add to something that we were making. I was super on the fence about adding miso to caramel, but we found ourselves standing over the stove, eating it by the spoonful. The miso adds an amazing umami flavour to the caramel, which cuts through the sweetness perfectly. It goes amazingly with the apples - this is probably one of my favourite pies to date. 

A few wee notes:

  • Both the pie dough and the caramel can be prepared the day before you make the pie - the dough is best if you can give it an overnight rest.

  • Have everything all ready to go when you make the caramel, because things move quickly.

  • I added a braided border to the pie, and covered up the little joins by using stamp cut-outs, which are my fave way to fancy up a pie with very little effort.

 

 

Miso Caramel Apple Pie

- Makes one 9 inch pie - 
 

Pie crust recipe from four and twenty blackbirds

Pie dough
2 1/2 cups (310g) Flour
Pinch of Salt
2 tsp (8g) sugar
2 sticks (226g) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 cup (240ml) cold water
1 cup ice
1/4 cup (60ml) Apple cider vinegar

Miso Caramel
1 ½ cups (300g) Sugar
9 Tbsp (135g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup (180ml) heavy cream
3 Tbsp white Miso
1 tsp flaky sea salt

Filling
1.2kg (2.6lbs) apples, peeled and finely sliced
Juice of 2 lemons
¼ (38g) cup flour
½ cup (50g) raw sugar

Egg wash - 1 egg whisked with 1 Tbsp water

- PROCESS -

PIE DOUGH

Place flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Cut butter into chunks, and add to the flour. Toss lightly to coat. Working quickly, using a pastry blender or  your fingers,  cut the butter into the flour mixture until there are only pea-sized chunks left. You want a few lumps of butter remaining to keep the pastry nice and tender.

Combine ice, water and cider vinegar in a bowl. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of the ice water into the flour and butter mixture, and using a stiff spatula or your hands, mix in well. Continue adding water a tablespoon at a time ( I normally need about 8-10 tbsp) until you have a dough that holds together well, but is not too wet. Squeeze together with your fingertips to make a homogenous dough. Shape into two discs, one slightly larger than the other, and wrap in plastic wrap. Rest in the fridge for at least two hours, or preferably overnight. 

MISO CARAMEL

Place the sugar in a medium sized heavy bottom saucepan. Place the cream and the miso in a small pan, and whisk together well. Heat until warmed, then keep on a very low heat until needed. Heat the sugar on medium, stirring constantly. The sugar will start to form clumps, then begin to melt. Cook until is it amber in colour, then remove from the heat and immediately add all of the butter. Be careful as the caramel will bubble rapidly. Once the butter is incorporated, add the cream and stir well. Stir in the salt, and pour into a glass jar. Allow to cool completely.

PIE ASSEMBLY AND FILLING

On a lightly floured surface, roll the smaller disc into a circle slightly larger than your pie dish. You want it to be approximately 1/8 inch (3mm) in thickness. Line a 9" pie dish, leaving the extra dough overhanging. Trim the dough so there is about 1 inch overlapping the edge of your dish. Place in the fridge while you prepare the filling and lattice.

Roll out the second, larger disc of dough into a rough rectangle approximately 1/8 inch thick. Use a pastry cutter to cut strips approximately 3/4 inch wide - these will be used for your lattice. Roll out scraps into a long segment, and cut thin strips using a pastry cutter. Braid the strips into 3 strand braids, to use for the border of the pie. Store the strips and braids on a baking sheet in the fridge until ready to use.

In a large bowl, toss together the apple and lemon juice. Leave to sit for 5 minutes, then drain any excess liquid. Add the flour and the sugar, and toss well to combine. Transfer the filling to the lined pie dish, packing the slices of apple in tightly, and mounding in the middle. Pour over most of the miso caramel, reserving about 1/4 cup for serving.

Arrange the strips of pie dough on the top of the pie, weaving a simple lattice. The Lattice that I did on this pie is the same concept, but you place the first line of strips horizontally, then weave in the other line of strips at a 45˚ angle. (Instead of perpendicular like a regular lattice). Trim any overlapping pie dough and lattice strips so that they are flush with the edge of the pie dish. If you are adding a braid border, brush a little egg wash then place on the braid. I used a couple of cut out pie stamp shapes to cover the joins.

Rest the pie in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. While the pie is resting in the fridge, preheat the oven to 425˚f/ 220˚c. Place a baking tray on the bottom rack of the oven. 

Brush the pie with egg wash, and sprinkle liberally with raw sugar. Bake at 425˚f / 220˚c for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is set and beginning to go golden. Reduce the temperature 375˚f / 190˚c, and bake until the pastry is deeply golden and the filling is bubbling. 

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature, with the extra miso caramel.

Miso Caramel Apple Pie - Flaky pastry, fresh apples, and a sweet/savoury miso caramel