Saturday, November 24, 2007


Thanksgiving Pies

We did awesome on Thanksgiving. You'll have to check Jessie's blog for pictures of the goose and dressing, which turned out incredible. Plus pictures of yesterday's vegan thankgiving but if you're looking for pie pictures, this is the place to be. Made two piles this year. A Pumpkin (first time I've ever made pumpkin pie):

It was good and the whipped cream instructions on there were pretty good, too. I'm still pretty bummed about this but we were hurting for time Thursday so I didn't get to try the vodka crust, went with a store crust (those pilsbury ones). I defrosted it in the microwave for super long by accident but we recovered by glomming the dough into a big ball. The crust turned out just fine in the end. I supplemented the recipe with a bit of whipping cream and tinkered some with the spices in case you want to try that one yourself. We had some squashes laying around from the Freddy's 99c / pound squash sale so I used on that looked kind of like a pumpkin (we're not sure if it was or not though).

The second pie was pretty good, too. It was a Cranberry eggnog tart. Totally worth all the time and effort. I made the tart crust more like a shortbread plus dumped in some lemon zest. Yum!

It's kind of hard to see but the way this one works you stick a creamy eggnog layer between two cranberry jam layers. Combine that with the shortbread and it was fat overload city!

So, yesterday we had vegan thanksgiving for some other friends. Jessie made some awesome dishes again and I tried to mangle a chocolate cake. Since it was vegan you make some substitutions. We forgot to take pictures on it but the cake turned out great. That was totally in spite of my best efforts to bungle it. The recipe used baking soda/powder + vinegar combo to help it rise. I had the tablespoon over part of the recipe book and missed the vinegar detail plus the water that needed to be in there. Luckily it'd only been in the oven a couple minutes. So, we pulled it out, dumped it back into the mixing bowl and added the other ingredients. It turned out pretty good although the taste was a bit earthy for me. It was definitely good, just earthy.

John, yes John Hagen, made the Thanksgiving pie this year - a chocolate pecan pie I found a recipie for. You would have been proud! The sugar high was abundant.
I don't see the picture of a Thanksgiving goose on Jessie's blog, but you had me intrigued. I'll keep checking back. (Unless you mean the picture of that Galliformes she has on her blog, the one that walked through your yard? Was that dinner?)
Cool! Pecan's on my list, too. I have a couple pints of heavy whipping cream still in the fridge so once this school thing is out of the way we're going to gain some weight!
The goose is one her blog now. She's just been super busy and wasn't posting like regular.
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