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festive and interesting pie for Xmas eve

loraxc Dec 16, 2012 03:42 PM

I'd like to mix it up a little bit this year and make something other than plain old apple, pumpkin, or pecan. Just something a bit out of the ordinary, or spectacular in some way. We're wedded to pie, though. Kids will be partaking but are relatively adventurous. One caveat--no chocolate (just not that popular with this group).

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  1. chefj RE: loraxc Dec 16, 2012 06:07 PM

    Shaker Lemon Pie
    Buttermilk pie with Brandy and Nutmeg
    Ginger Pear Pie
    Pear and Cranberry Pie

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      loraxc RE: chefj Dec 17, 2012 01:39 PM

      I was thinking about something along the booze and nutmeg lines. I can't quite imagine a buttermilk pie--is it sort of like a cream pie?

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        chefj RE: loraxc Dec 17, 2012 04:33 PM

        Like a Custard Pie, with the Booze and Nutmeg it will taste like Eggnog.

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          JungMann RE: loraxc Dec 17, 2012 07:32 PM

          I second the buttermilk pie. Northerners never seem to realize what magical things Southern cooks can do with a little buttermilk. When made right, that tops caramelize and the center just barely holds together. It's like creme brulee, but with a lighter texture from the buttermilk.

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            loraxc RE: JungMann Dec 18, 2012 03:56 PM

            Mmm--sounds great. Now, anyone got a recipe for one with the booze and eggnog? (Nutmeg I could eyeball, though it's one of those spices you don't want to overdo, Booze seems like it could change the other proportions, though.)

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              chefj RE: loraxc Dec 18, 2012 04:50 PM

              Nah, just add a shot of brandy to the batter. You could add and extra egg yolk if your worried.

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          LaLa RE: chefj Dec 17, 2012 05:18 PM

          Buttermilk pie rocks!!!!


        3. foodieX2 RE: loraxc Dec 16, 2012 06:13 PM

          Will a tart do? This one is particularly good. I add crystallized ginger which elevates it even more.


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            mawnyc521 RE: loraxc Dec 16, 2012 07:43 PM

            We always used to have Grasshopper Pie at Christmas Time (or Creme De Menthe pie).

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              coll RE: mawnyc521 Dec 20, 2012 04:12 AM

              I second Grasshopper Pie! Decorate with something red maybe?

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              onrushpam RE: loraxc Dec 17, 2012 04:43 PM

              This combo of pumpkin and pecan is my go-to holiday pie and is always loved...

              That said, buttermilk pie is also a favorite in our house, but I tend to make it in warmer months. It doesn't say "holidays" to me. But, my usual recipe has coconut and lemon. That egg-noggy recipe sounds wonderful!

              1. LaLa RE: loraxc Dec 17, 2012 05:35 PM

                Oyster pie;)

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                  merrua RE: loraxc Dec 19, 2012 11:18 PM

                  I thought you might have meant a savoury pie (Id have suggested pheasent and chicken which is supposed to be great).
                  How about blackberry and apple tart, tasty and pretty?

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                    youareabunny RE: loraxc Dec 20, 2012 03:51 AM

                    Conversation tart. It's a slight relic, simple, and has a pretty presentation.

                    Then again that may not fit your pie criteria. Well it's got crust on top and bottom and is a few inches thick. I'd just call it conversation pie.

                    Anyways I saw it on a French cooking show and it seemed nice. It's eggy.

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