It's a week away from Thanksgiving and I know many of you are planning your Thanksgiving menus, if you haven't already. Maybe someday I'll get to plan the Thanksgiving menu, but for now my parents are in charge of it. Not that it changes much every year; everyone enjoys eating our traditional Thanksgiving feast... Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, rolls, green bean casserole, and pie.
However, I am involved in the dessert planning. When I say dessert, I mean the pie. Although it would be nice to have some cakes and cookies too. I told mom to bake the traditional pecan and pumpkin pie, and I'm going to bake two or three more desserts. I'm still thinking about what I would like to make - this is a very important decision. I must bake some new and unique pies.
Does anyone ever watch David Letterman on Thanksgiving? He always has to try and guess what kind of pies his mom bakes. I used to watch this every year... I even remember watching it with my grandpa, years and years ago.
I love his mom! She's so cute. I wonder what kind of pies she'll bake this year? I'm going to have to watch. As for what kind of pies I'm going to bake, you'll just have to wait and see. What are you baking?
Anyway, if some of you are trying to think of what to make for your Thanksgiving dessert, I've created a list for you that will hopefully help you out. They're mostly all pies, of course.
First, you'll need to know how to make pie dough. Pie dough from scratch is the best!
Double Crust Pie Dough
This is the pecan pie I made last year.
Ultimate Pecan Pie
This is the pumpkin pie I baked last year.
Maple-Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Pie
Mmm I love a good sweet potato pie.
Sweet Potato Pie
I'm kinda thinking I should make an apple pie this year. But with a twist.
Deep-Dish Caramel Apple Pie
Many people love cherry pie and this is a good one!
Ultimate Cherry Pie
Chocolate pecan pie... uhhh, my favorite pie ever.
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Topping an apple pie with a crumb topping can be easier and tastier than using crust.
Crumb Topped Apple Pie
Here's your classic pumpkin pie. Don't forget to use Libby's!
Here's your classic pecan pie.
I LOVED this pie. Why haven't I made it again??
Chewy Ginger Cookie-Crusted Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream
For those who don't like pie. How could you not like pie? Mmm pear and cranberry go so well together.
Pear & Cranberry Gingersnap Crisp
Bread pudding for the bread pudding lovers. This is the best bread pudding ever. Seriously.
Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Toasted Marshmallows
Or, if you want to contribute something different besides pie to the Thanksgiving table, you might try making this Butterscotch Apple Cake.
Eric's dad brought this recipe back to me from a cooking class that he and his wife attended at Silver Dollar City in Branson. I love Silver Dollar City! You guys already know that. I haven't take a cooking class there before, but maybe I'll get to attend in the future.
He told Eric it was the best apple cake he's ever had. After I baked it, I would have to agree. Thank you for the recipe! This is a cake I know I will bake again and again. Annnd, it's so easy!
This is just a simple little spice cake with chopped apples in the batter, topped with butterscotch chips. It probably takes ten minutes to make it... I like that. This cake is really moist from the apple in it, but also because it uses oil instead of butter.
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups diced peeled apple
2 cups butterscotch chips
Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a 13x9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla for 2-3 minutes or until well combined and doubled in volume. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in apple until combined.
Spread cake batter into prepared baking dish. Evenly sprinkle with butterscotch chips. Bake 45-50 minutes or until well risen, golden brown, and cake pulls away from edges of dish. Cool on a wire rack.
Makes 15 servings