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Love Love Love me a homemade pie...

What kind of pie are you making for Thanksgiving?
I'll be up at the cabin...does altitude affect a pies outcome..can you tell I don't bake much.
Can't wait to hear all your pie responses!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. Apple, sour cherry and bourbon pumpkin! Usually a guest brings salted pecan as well, but this year she wanted to try something different and is bringing a chocolate caramel cake. Sounds delicious, but it's not Thanksgiving without apple pie for me!

    1. You didn't mention exactly where the cabin is, but only impact on pies might be a very slight increase in how fast liquid cooks out of a filling because of lower boiling point. And maybe moisture content of your crust if you're someplace really dry. I grew up cooking at about 6,000 feet in Colorado, but I'm in Texas now, so we must have pecan pie for Thanksgiving.

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      1. re: arashall

        Cabin is about 5,500+ feet in altitude..
        Thinking of making a pecan pie...if you have any tips arashall, please let me know..

        1. re: Beach Chick

          I grew up on the "Dear Abby" pecan pie recipe (easy to find online), so that's the one I like. It's totally simple. Altitude shouldn't impact pecan pie at all. This discussion, however, has impacted my sweet tooth and need to bake. Wish I wasn't at the office!

          1. re: Beach Chick

            crust will need just a touch more liquid to make it pliable and not dry... of course, too much develops gluten...
            it'll need a bit longer to bake, so i'd tent it with foil for part of the time to protect your crust from over-browning...

            1. re: Beach Chick

              It's not the altitude, it's the humidity!
              make it like you make any winter pie -- with an eye towards needing a little more water to compensate for dryer flour.

          2. Apple.

            I also do love sour cherry pie with a fierce, fierce love; but apple for Thanksgiving is non-negotiable.

            And I agree: homemade or none!

            1. Apple crumb pie w/a cheddar crust
              pumpkin chiffon pie
              possibly chocolate pecan pie

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                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Let me know if you'd like the recipe. :)

                  1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                    I would like the apple pie in cheddar crust recipe. :)

                    1. re: Becca Porter

                      I made this recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/314054/a...

                      But I made it in a springform pan, added ginger to the filling and crumb topping, and I added finely grated sharp cheddar to the crust (1/2-3/4c). Oh, and I left out the raisins b/c they're not popular here. :)

              1. + 1 on the apple crumb pie with a cheddar crust
                and that is the only " real" pie this year
                am also doing pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust
                if I had time and m own way...
                would also be doing
                chocolate cream pie
                tollhouse pie
                real pumpkin pie
                and maybe cherry pie as well.

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                1. re: sunflwrsdh

                  I like how you bake! -- and ITA on having time and your own way ...

                2. Trying to decide between pumpkin, maple pecan, coconut cream, and lemon tart. I would make them all, but I don't know if I'll have time and there will only be 4 or 5 of us.

                  1. With the harvest we've had this fall, I'm making at least 2 or maybe 3 persimmon pies.

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                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Never had a persimmon pie...sounds fab ipsedixit!

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Yum! Would you possibly share your persimmon pie recipe/method? Thanks!

                      2. Northwest Huckleberry pie!!!!!! Yay.

                        There is always an disagreement as to warm vs room temp, vanilla ice cream vs whipped cream.
                        It doesn't matter to me because I love it all!!!!!!

                        1. Pecan for sure for our family meal, and maybe pumpkin, if my father-in-law decides he wants one (very possibly his last Thanksgiving, so he gets whatever he wants); pecan to settle the bet I made with my hairdresser on the Alabama-LSU game (dammit); and a Pie To Be Named Later (buyer's choice) for a charity auction at work, right after Thanksgiving.

                          1. Apple, for sure, and I may make the Maple Walnut butter tart that I tried out a few weeks ago. A lot like a pecan pie, just with maple and walnut. :D

                            I'm actually going to make an apple pie for a weekend getaway this weekend. There is no such thing as too much apple pie :D

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                            1. re: BabsW

                              I gotta agree with that! Heaven would be if there were always an apple pie on the counter....

                              1. re: BabsW

                                Oh, I'd like the recipe for the maple walnut tart. Sounds wonderful!

                                1. re: ChrisKC

                                  It was lovely. I posted about it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8151...

                                  This recipe was scaled-down and made two 4-inch tarts, so to make a normal pie-sized 9-inch tart, I'd say you should quadruple it.

                                  1. re: BabsW

                                    Holy crap Babs...that looks beyond sublime!

                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                      If you like pecan pie and the flavors of maple and walnut together, you'd like it, I think. lol

                                      I can't wait to surprise my parents at Thanksgiving with it this year. :)

                              2. My Yankee New England mother-in-law makes great apple pie so we're having that, plus pumpkin pie and what has become my signature pie - chocolate cream pie.

                                1. Loving all your pie responses!

                                  1. If we're in a real home, I'll be making an apple/pear with the best cheddar cheese I can find.
                                    my family goes back to the days of cheddar being sliced over the pie and slightly melted.
                                    so if anyone wants it in this new family, it'll be offered otherwise vanilla whipped cream or ice cream can be the topper. our oldest doesn't enjoy sweets very much but always does enjoy a slice of warm pie, who doesn't...

                                    1. Sour cream apple pie. Thanksgiving isn't the same without it.

                                      1. Pumpkin, Pecan, Chocolate Pecan pies. Nutella Tart...and for those who do not care for pie, Pumpkin Roulade.

                                        1. i'm doing...
                                          Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
                                          Caramel Apple Pie
                                          and most likely a Blueberry Custard Pie
                                          along with
                                          Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts
                                          and Gingerbread (I know, not pie...)

                                          1. I am making Libby's Pumpkin Pie, my grandmas traditional Oatmeal Pie, and I want to try a Pecan Pie bars.

                                            1. Years ago, I bought a couple of cans of almond flavored sweetened condensed milk from Big Lots. I'd never seen it before, and haven't since. I think it was Eagle Brand.
                                              It made the BEST pumpkin pie ever. I remember my mother, who wasn't a pumpkin pie lover, thought it was delicious.
                                              I guess I could put a little almond extract in my pie - I keep experimenting with pumpkin pies to find the perfect one.

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                                              1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                Jmcarthur, You probably don't need another recipe to try, but this one has become my standard: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                                I have replaced the bourbon with various different liqueurs, depending on what I have in the house - my favorite is spiced rum. However, if you wanted an almond flavor, you could probably use amaretto and just cut back the sugar a bit. The texture of this pie is (IMO) much better than any other pumpkin pie I've tried.

                                                1. re: biondanonima

                                                  Oh, my.
                                                  This sounds wonderful. Sour cream in pumpkin pie? Wow. I love the idea of it. (The only apple pie I make is with sour cream)
                                                  Yep, amaretto would do it. Or maybe a little almond extract.
                                                  Now I want to go make one. I always use a fresh pie pumpkin and roast it, scoop it and cook out the water. I like the stringy texture, so I don't puree the pumpkin.
                                                  Thanks, biondanomina!

                                                2. re: jmcarthur8

                                                  I, too, am mourning the disappearance of Almond Flavored Sweetened Condensed Milk. I've searched for it on line for years, and jm's was the only mention of it I've ever turned up. Any help finding a source would probably be greatly appreciated by vast throngs of silent sufferers, as it just may be the world's most perfect food.

                                                  1. re: klezbow

                                                    Klezbow, wasn't it made by Eagle Brand?

                                                    1. re: klezbow

                                                      Just throw some almond extract into a can of Eagle Brand....?

                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                        Yes, you're right, sandy. And I have done that.
                                                        That canned stuff just had this nice rich flavor. More saturated.

                                                  2. Apple and a pan of brownies.

                                                    1. Seeing a lot of sour cream added to pie recipes..it doesn't curdle when heated?
                                                      Love your passion for the pie!

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                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                        No, BC, it's never curdled! I only use natural sour cream with no additives, so maybe that helps. It just makes a creamy custardy richness.

                                                      2. I am going to make a "crack pie", google it. I swear it does not look like any big deal, but people seem to swoon over it.

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                                                        1. re: jennaroo

                                                          Make sure you find a version of the recipe that includes dehydrated corn powder. It makes a difference.

                                                        2. Is it critical to egg wash the crust before placing the ingredients in?
                                                          I saw where it seals the crust..
                                                          Thanks to all!

                                                          1. Just made the chocolate pecan pie...OMG...it is so good!
                                                            Very easy to make and used Emeril's recipe.
                                                            Thank you all for your help!

                                                            1. If I can find some fresh blueberries, I'll be making that for Thanksgiving..

                                                              Going to do a mushroom pie too.

                                                              1. I'll be doing one of the 'fake apple' pies made with zucchini - I'm deathly allergic to apples.

                                                                Will also probably be doing a banana caramel pie.