In my opinion, there should not be a single Thanksgiving meal without pie. We’ve talked about whether pumpkin pie is Southern or not. In my experience, it has not been traditional in the South, but it seems to be more prevalent all the time.
If you would like to have a pumpkin pie with a Southern flair, I have just the recipe for you! Pumpkin Chess Pie is basically the classic with some pumpkin and spices in the filling. The mild pumpkin flavor is delicious! Many people would agree, it’s the pie crust that takes a homemade pie to next level. If that’s not your forte, you will love the Press N’ Bake Cream Cheese Crust. With a mixer, beat cream cheese, butter and flour together and press into the pie pan. Delicious! Of course, feel free to make traditional crust, if you prefer.
No Southern Thanksgiving meal would be complete without a beautiful Pecan Pie, and the Martha White® Pecan Pie is the perfect one. The filling used in both these pies is amazingly easy to stir-up. A flaky, slightly salty homemade pie crust perfectly complements the sweet filling. Alice Jarman’s perfect pie crust method is included with the recipe. A wonderful Southern baker, Alice started the Martha White® Test Kitchen in 1952. She left a legacy of wonderful recipes – many included in our collection today. Alice, we are thankful for you!
For generations, the pecan groves that sweep across the South have provided cooks with a wonderful ingredient to use in their holiday baking. If you are lucky enough to have a tree (or a generous friend with one), all you need is a nutcracker to reveal the treasure within.
Of course, pecan pie is one of the most beloved holiday dessert recipes. Some bakers enjoy the whole creative process of making a pie from scratch. Others like to take a few shortcuts to get an equally delicious finished product.
For purists, a homemade pecan pie is a testament to the way simple ingredients come together to create a classic. The filling is easy to stir up, but depends on good pecans to give it distinction. I personally think it’s the slightly salty flaky homemade crust that perfectly complements the sweet filling and makes the whole pie delicious.
A unique alternative to a homemade pie, is a bar that reflects the attributes of the pie, but is simple to make and easy to serve or share. You will be amazed at the crust a chocolate chip muffin mix makes for these Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Bars
Whether you love to bake from scratch or prefer to take shortcuts, the recipients of your efforts will always appreciate the time and care you took to bake something special for them.