I am so excited to be hosting November’s round-up for What’s Baking. I was trying to think up a theme and decided it would be a good idea to try to incorporate Thanksgiving. When I think of Thanksgiving, besides spending time with family, the turkey and all the fixings, I can’t help but think of dessert. And, dessert for Thanksgiving always seems to include pumpkin pie. But it doesn’t have to be pumpkin, does it? There are so many different delicious kinds of pie. So, let’s ditch the pumpkin and make pie the theme!
My good friend, Eva of Eva Bakes, recreated the old-fashioned Southern sweet potato pie that was the perfect ending to a real barbecue meal on a recent trip back to her Southern college town. For this pie to be authentic, a recipe with pumpkin pie spice would just not do. It was not easy, but Eva found the perfect recipe, without the spice, that allowed the sweetness of the potato to come through. My husband is crazy about sweet potatoes. He would totally love this pie!
After scoring a bunch of peaches at the farmer’s market this summer, Heather Lynn at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, made and jarred peach jam. Luckily she had enough fruit to make this delicious peach pie filling too. Heather Lynn had a mini-Thanksgiving dinner with some friends and all she had to do for dessert was make a pie crust for the sweet, spicy and juicy peach filling she already made. Now, that’s easy entertaining. Ina would be proud!
Part of what Jenna from Jenna’s Cooking Journey likes about What’s Baking is that she spends a lot of time reading through blogs, looking for the perfect recipe. She has found some great new blogs this way, including Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. where this blueberry cheesecake pie caught her eye. Mel’s is one of my favorite blogs, too. Mmmm…cheesecake with fresh blueberry topping? Sign me up!
Yudith, from Blissfully Delicious, didn’t really like coconut cream pie until she tasted this one that she made special for her mother’s visit. This pie sounds delicious with a chocolate wafer crust, coconut pudding, sweetened whipped cream and toasted coconut. And, congratulations to Yudith and her family on a new addition due this May. How exciting!
Ange, from The Tiny Tyrant’s Kitchen, likes to steer clear of pumpkin pie for the holidays and do something different. This time she decided to give sugar cream pie a try. Although it smelled good while it baked, Ange was disappointed with the consistency and sweetness. I’m sorry Ange, I have had more than my share of baking disappointments.
Joanna, from Kosher Kitchen, decided to make chocolate pecan pie with homemade pie crust. Although she was nervous at first, thankfully, it was easier than she thought. The pie was well received at her Thanksgiving dinner. After eating it, her second cousin declared Joanna’s husband a lucky man. Her husband couldn’t help but agree, for this pie and a list of many other things.
Sandra, of She Cooks and Bakes, just had a baby (congratulations) and was hosting Thanksgiving, so she needed a quick and easy dessert. This peanut butter icebox pie fit the bill. Peanut butter and chocolate just happens to be my favorite flavor combination. In fact, I am eating mini peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s as I type this. They are so good and I am now sad that they are almost gone. Now, I have to buy more and make this pie!
Cookie Dough Cream Pie, say what? Carrie from Carrie’s Sweet Life made this pie from The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook, which I own. I have made several recipes from the book and they have all been wonderful. Honestly, I don’t know how I missed this recipe because it looks and sounds delicious.
Stephanie, at Brownies and Blondies, was talking to her fiancée about his mom’s coconut cream pie recently and decided to make it for What’s Baking. But, it seemed too summery, so she decided to add cranberries. And then what the heck, throw in some white chocolate because it goes so well with cranberries. And that is how this white chocolate coconut cranberry pie was born!
Nicole, from Seven Ate Nine, decided to make Paleo Pie because her husband and his dad are on the Whole 30 Program, which doesn’t allow for anything in a dessert pie. So, she made an egg “crust” and filled it with eggs, sausage, peppers and onions to make a quiche of sorts. I never think of savory pies, but we love eggs in my house.
And, I made French silk pie. It has always been a favorite of mine and apparently it is now Jack’s and Sammie’s favorite too. Of course baby Alex loved it, but really that is no feat, he eats everything. The great thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to worry about raw eggs. ATK found a way around it and the filling is actually cooked. So now it is safe for small children and it is still delicious. Really, crazy delicious!
Carrie, from Carrie’s Sweet Life, is the December hostess for What’s Baking. So, at the end of next month, make sure to head over to her blog for a round-up of some delicious peppermint recipes!