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Terror for a food editor comes in the form of a phone call or e-mail. Whether it begins timidly, as in “I think there’s a mistake in one of your recipes,” or launches swiftly into an irate tirade, “Don’t you proof these recipes?” your body wastes no time jumping into action. Your stomach grinds your innards like a food processor, while your hands quiver like a barely-set panna cotta.
I went through the agony late last week when, thanks to a reader’s call, I learned of a mistake in the latest Gourmet Holiday Special Edition. And of all the recipes for it to occur in, my luck would have it appear in one of the most popular ones: Caramel Pumpkin Pie.
How did this happen? It’s a story of food styling trumping convenience, the space limitations of print media, my passion for making recipes as user-friendly as possible, and simple human error.
Did you notice how high the fluted crust is on the gorgeous pie above? That’s because it’s baked in a 10-inch metal quiche pan with 2-inch high sides. Do you have one of those in your kitchen? Me neither! The food stylist and art director knew the pan would make a stunner of a pie, but for many of us that pan is the “Oh, sh*!” part of the recipe. If you don’t have it, and there’s no alternative, you’ll turn the page. Continue reading
Thanksgiving is days away. Do you have your pumpkin-perfect pie or cake planned, prepped, or already-baked? For those of you just starting to handle Turkey Day dessert, don’t worry, I am right there with you. This year, time is not on my side, so I am going to combine two Thanksgiving classics into one seriously sweet dessert: Pecan Pumpkin Pie.
But my family requires more than one variety of pie on our Thanksgiving table, and since I already have pumpkin and pecan flavors covered, I need a recipe with flexibility and innovation, which is why Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake Pie is going to be a delicious addition. The gingersnap crust is flavorful and fresh, while swirled pumpkin and cheesecake filling adds eye-catching, post-modern flair.
After the feast, any leftover pumpkin will be put to good use in a Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake, and extra pecans will star in a killer Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake.
What is your favorite recipe for pumpkin cake or pie?
We are just five days away from one of the biggest food days of the year. And while the main event will likely highlight some traditional favorites like turkey
, and cranberry sauce
, all eyes post-feast rest on the dessert table. Pumpkin pie, the holiday’s quintessential dessert, has inspired countless sweet and savory spinoffs in this week’s recipe roundup:
Thanksgiving is approaching and people are talking, texting, and tweeting turkey! But what about dessert? While pumpkin pie is a notable and traditional choice, have you ever thought about serving carrot cake? Adeline and Lumiere have a recipe for Carrot Cake with White Chocolate Ganache that you just might prefer to pie. Traditional carrot cakes are made with a smooth and tangy cream cheese frosting. Adeline and Lumiere’s version dares to be different. They frost their cake with a beautiful white chocolate ganache.
Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most iconic and delicious meals of the year. Featuring family favorites like stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry sauce, turkey, and pumpkin pie, it’s no wonder everyone looks forward to the big feast.
What are you most looking forward to eating this Thanksgiving?
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It’s the ultimate challenge on Thanksgiving Day, one that almost seems cruel: “Save room for dessert!” And yet a Thanksgiving meal without pumpkin pie seems horribly incomplete. So when did the indulgent holiday come to be associated with the sweet treat?
Pumpkins were long a staple of North and South American peoples. Scientists have even dated pumpkin-related seeds back to 7000 BC in Mexico. Early settlers of the Plymouth Plantation noticed how readily available pumpkins were, and copied Native Americas in roasting and boiling the squash to stay fed. Pumpkin was definitely a big part of the first Thanksgiving.
Later, in an attempt to make pumpkin more appetizing, settlers began cutting open the top, scooping out the seeds, and pouring milk, honey, and other spices—when available—into the pumpkin prior to cooking it, inadvertently creating the first pumpkin pie prototype. Continue reading
Why wait for Thanksgiving to start baking pumpkin pies? Take the mess out of baking with Back to her Roots’ portable version of this delicious fall dessert that you can cook directly in its serving jar. These Pumpkin Pie Pots use a thick, crumbly graham cracker crust in place of the traditional flaky bottom. Top the creamy confections with homemade maple whipped cream and cinnamon-flavored graham cracker sticks.