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Nov 22, 2011 04:41 AM

Thanksgiving Pie---When are you actually baking it?

I'm assuming most people make the dough ahead of time. I'm wondering if you are filling and baking it on Thanksigiving. If so, are you putting it in the oven while everyone is eating the meal? Or are you baking it in the am. If it is pumpkin are you serving it from the fridge? Thank you!

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  1. Because we will be preparing Thanksgiving dinner at my SIL's house with two smallish wall ovens, I will make all five pies tomorrow. It simply would not be possible to do the pies and everything else on Thursday. I know that we have left the pies on the counter after Thanksgiving for early Friday breakfast, so I am not concerned about leaving them out. They will be well-covered. It is possible that I could bake the pumpkin pies on Thursday if I get there early enough, but I feel strongly that pies should be served at room temperature, and never still warm or cold from the refrigerator.

    1. Well, I'm not baking pie, but rather other desserts, and I am baking two of them on Wednesday because they need time to chill, and then two of them in the morning of Thursday itself. I plan to wake up early because Thanksgiving at home is way more lunch than dinner.

      1. The best hint i got about pies is to bake them in advance and have them at room temperature. When the turkey comes out of the oven, turn it off, put the pies in and the residual heat will heat them in time for dessert. Pumpkin pie stays on the counter, no refrigerating.

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        1. re: chowser

          Chowser, that was a GREAT hint. Thank you!

          1. re: DaisyM

            I love that hint--I got that from the ex-pastry chef from the Inn at Little Washington in a class. That alone was worth the price of admission;-)

            1. re: chowser

              Oh, wow I just loved that restaurant.

        2. The sweet potato pie will get made Wednesday afternoon or evening, the crumble will be made Thursday noon, just before the turkey goes in. If I were making the crumble I'd make it after the turkey came out of the oven, but a kid is making it so it takes about twice as long to prepare. Room temperature will be just fine.

          1. Making all of my pies on Wednesday. Will let them cool off, wrap them in plastic, and pur them under the hood of my grill tomorrow night! The two turkeys will also be outside, on mky back porch, in a cooler. Am picking up the birds tomorrow, too. No room to make the pies on Thursday with two birds. Will be busy tomorrow rearranging my dining room- have to move a china cabinet and a buffet, so we can fit another table in the dining room. The kids table will be in the kitchen- have a c rowd of 26 this year, so am trying to be super organized. Will see how it goes!

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            1. re: macca

              Oh my goodness!! I live for entertaining, but just thinking about 26 people at my house for a full meal is giving me heart palpitations! I give you credit!

              I, too, will bake my pies on Wednesday and store them outside. Didn't think about under the grill..but that's a FABULOUS idea!