Celebrate the best of fall flavor with this creamy pumpkin pie. This version of the classic Thanksgiving pie is a fluffier, less dense version of the original, so it's perfect for serving at holiday gatherings when you want a crowd-pleaser.
Whether or not you’re a fan of the infamous, seasonal Starbuck’s beverage, we’re willing to bet you won’t have any regrets about swapping your typical pumpkin pie for this caffeinated uptake this Thanksgiving. We were surprised by just how amazing a hint of coffee sets off creamy, spiced pumpkin pie filling, but the depth of rich flavor speaks for itself—this PSL-inspired pie is in a league of it’s own. Served with a coffee liqueur-spiked whipped cream, this fall dessert reaches a level of decadence a basic pumpkin pie could only dream of. Note: If you opt to create a decorative lattice effect as we did here, be very careful when placing your dough strips atop the pie—the pie’s surface will be very hot and not fully set.
Grated apple is the secret to a syrupy pie filling--it releases more pectin (a natural thickener) than the sliced apples alone. A quick salted caramel intensifies the apple flavor without making the dessert too sweet.
To use up the leftover pumpkin, try adding some to a breakfast smoothie, or stir into pancake batter. Or combine with a splash of half-and-half, season with sage, and toss with pasta.
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Double-Crust Apple Pie
Double-Crust Apple Pie
Recipe A double crust seals in the apples' natural juices as the pie bakes for full-on apple flavor. Tossing the apples with apple juice keeps them from browning as you peel and slice them, and it adds a boost of apple flavor.
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For depth of flavor, Kir Jensen roasts the pecans and hazelnuts before adding them to the filling. She likes to roll her cornmeal pastry extra thick, so it's more substantial.
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Warm Apple-Buttermilk Custard Pie
Warm Apple-Buttermilk Custard Pie Recipe This twist on traditional apple pie consistently earns 5-star ratings from our online reviewers. The creamy buttermilk custard makes for truly indulgent apple dessert that's not overly sweet, either. For a flaky piecrust and a crisp streusel, be sure to keep them both chilled until just before baking.
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Pumpkin Streusel Pie
Pumpkin Streusel Pie Recipe Classic pumpkin pie gets a tasty facelift from a homemade oat-and-walnut streusel topping, while the pastry leaves add great fall flair.
We adapted this recipe from Devil's Teeth Baking Company to create a border that shows off the bright filling. To completely cover the pie, just double the topping.
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Pecan Cheesecake Pie
Pecan Cheesecake Pie Recipe We think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship: crunchy chopped pecans and tangy cheesecake. This 8-ingredient recipe is not only easy to prepare, but also a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
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Pear, Walnut, and Maple Syrup Pie
Pear, Walnut, and Maple Syrup Pie Recipe Sweet pears truly shine in fall desserts, and this pie is no exception. Smooth and mild Comice pears are paired with the deep, nutty flavor of toasted walnuts and sweet maple syrup for a wonderful addition to your holiday dessert table.
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Cheddar-Apple Pie Recipe Tart and tangy, sweet and spiced, this intensely flavored homemade apple pie is thickly layered into a sharp cheddar cheese-enhanced crust. It's a gluten-free remake of an American classic!
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Use small cookie or pastry cutters to create little steam vents in the tops of these pies for the filling to peek through. You can make these pies as festive or as simple as you want, but however you style them, they're sure to be absolutely delicious.
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Five-Spice Sweet Potato Pie
Five-Spice Sweet Potato Pie Recipe In this pie, humble sweet potatoes are dressed up with five-spice powder, a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns. If you can't find five-spice powder, pumpkin pie spice makes a fine substitute.
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While the buttery, maple-scented filling is inspired by classic pecan pie, we swap in toasted walnuts and add chopped fresh cranberries for a beautiful pop of color and tart flavor contrast that cuts the sweetness.
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Butterscotch Pecan Pie from PieLab
Butterscotch Pecan Pie from PieLab Recipe The butterscotch flavor is subtle, adding an interesting twist without overwhelming this Southern classic. And the experts at PieLab have ensured that the filling fits the piecrust perfectly.