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festive and interesting pie for Xmas eve

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. Shaker Lemon Pie
    Buttermilk pie with Brandy and Nutmeg
    Ginger Pear Pie
    Pear and Cranberry Pie
    or
    http://www.chow.com/galleries/369/rec...

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    1. re: chefj

      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?

      1. re: loraxc

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

        1. re: loraxc

          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.

          1. re: JungMann

            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.)

            1. re: loraxc

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

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

          http://m.epicurious.com/recipes/food/...

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

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            1. re: mawnyc521

              I second Grasshopper Pie! Decorate with something red maybe?

            2. This combo of pumpkin and pecan is my go-to holiday pie and is always loved...
              http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

              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!