November 26, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
In today’s Thanksgiving countdown, I mentioned that today is pie day! As in, we really need to have a serious discussion about Thanksgiving pies, because I’m a lady who loves her some pie. (And I know a whole bunch of you guys are pie freaks, too.) While I love a classic apple or pumpkin as much as the next girl, sometimes it’s fun to shake things up a little bit. So today I’m bringing you my picks for 10 of the best Thanksgiving pie recipes. We’re talking everything from salted caramel to a pear pie with red wine and rosemary. Yum!
Feeling ready to bust out the butter, eggs and sugar? Because it’s officially time to start whipping up those Thanksgiving pies. Click through for 10 best Thanksgiving pies to get started!
November 26, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
With a pretty serious winter storm on the horizon for those of us here in the Northeast, I have to admit that this week is feeling a bit more like Christmas than it feels like Thanksgiving. (Minus the fact that we’re still a few days out from getting our Christmas tree, that is!) We have all kinds of snow and ice in the forecast and I can’t think of a better way to spend the next few days than bundled up inside baking and feasting with family. So I’m heading out later this afternoon to pick up a few last minute things I need and the holiday baking will officially be commencing. Which brings us back to the Thanksgiving countdown with two days to go!
Whether you’re snowed in this evening or not, today is the perfect day to start prepping your pies! A lot of pies, pumpkin in particular, can be made a couple days in advance with no problems. (As long as you can resist nibbling on them in the meantime!) I personally will be prepping an apple pie this evening, making both the crust and the filling and then stashing the full pie in the fridge so it’s ready to bake on Thursday morning. When I do this, I usually let it come to room temperature before baking, and hold off on giving the crust it’s signature egg wash until it’s just about to go into the oven. It makes it so much easier to do all the prep work early, because then you can be baking pies while you’re prepping your turkey and they’ll never have to compete for the same limited oven real estate. So in our land of planning a fuss-free Thanksgiving, today is pie day!
[Graphic by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion | Gluten free maple custard pie recipe by Cafe Johnsonia.]
November 25, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
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When I tell you that this cake recipe is one of my favorite recent kitchen success stories, I’m not exaggerating. With resounding cheers from B and everyone else who has tried it, I think it’s safe to say this cinnamon pear skillet cake is a major win! Part of my collaboration with Air Wick (designed to bring you six inspiring homemade holiday ideas), this cake was 100% inspired by Air Wick’s Baked Pear and Cinnamon fragrance. We’re talking a little sweet, a little spicy, loaded with cinnamon and studded with juicy pears that just make this cake crazy delicious. Drizzle it with warm caramel sauce and it’s as perfect with morning coffee as it is for Thanksgiving dessert!
In addition to the pear cake recipe, I also teamed up with my good friend Erika of Delphine to share the sweetest printable treat tags with you! Taking cues from the warm, fruity fragrance of the Baked Pear and Cinnamon candle and the jolly green packaging, there are four tag designs perfect for bundling up dessert or leftovers to send home with family and friends this holiday season. I packed slices of cake in the cutest little kraft boxes with bamboo forks from A La Modo and tied everything up with green and white baker’s twine.
(adapted from Vintage Cakes)
- 4 pears, peeled and cored
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Caramel sauce (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350ºF and butter the inside of a 8 to 9-inch cast iron skillet. (You can scale the recipe up or down if your skillet is a different size, which I actually had to do as I have a 12″ cast iron skillet.) Chop two pears and then slice the remaining two to top the cake. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a small mixing bowl. In a stand mixer, mix the butter and sugar together on medium speed for about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and blend on medium-high speed until fluffy, approximately 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as you go if need be. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture, mixing just until blended. Use a rubber spatula to fold the pears into the batter. Pour the batter into your skillet and spread until even. Fan the pear slices out on the top of the batter. Place the skillet on the middle rack of your oven and bake approximately 35 – 40 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Now that you’re armed with a pear cake recipe that will have your mouth watering and your whole house smelling amazing, it’s time to package everything up with our free printable treat tags! Click below to download the printable tags, then print, cut them out and punch a hole in the top of each tag. String them with a bit of ribbon or twine and you’re good to go!
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson | Printables by Delphine.]
Download the printable treat tags here
Baker’s twine available from Sweet Estelle
Cake slice boxes from A La Modo
Nail polish is Sunset Kiss by JulieG
Baked Pear and Cinnamon candle by Air Wick
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November 22, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
Hey, want to know a not-really secret? It’s Friday! I hope you’re pretty jazzed about that whole thing, because I know I am. Even though this weekend is going to be more of a hectic, working weekend once again, I’m still excited to try and relax a bit. Maybe watch some football. Definitely work on catching up on The Walking Dead. You know, the good stuff. I can already feel the craziness of the holidays creeping up on us swiftly so I may just try to get a jump start on gift wrapping, too. But first, it’s link love time! Sending lots of good weekend juju your way and wishing you a fabulous one whatever you’re up to. Happy Friday! xoxo
[Photo and DIY mini pie place cards from The Merrythought.]
November 22, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
We’re one day closer to Thanksgiving and I’m telling you right now, I’m already excited. We’re actually eating at my mom’s house this year, which in and of itself is pretty awesome, because that lady is one heck of a cook. Also, she always makes vegetarian-friendly versions of all the Thanksgiving favorites for me so she earns extra awesome points for that, too. Which is not to say we’re free from the cooking entirely – B and I have been assigned a few side dishes and my mom insists I make the apple pie since my recipe is kind of stellar. Which brings us to 6 days out and today’s Thanksgiving countdown tip!
If you haven’t already started to do so, today is the day to curl up on the couch with a glass of wine after work and plan your Thanksgiving menu. Having a menu established in advance will translate into a road map that will help with all of your shopping and prep work. Don’t be afraid to delegate! If you love your sister’s mashed potatoes, put her on potato duty. If you prefer your mom’s pumpkin pie, ask her to bring one along. Once you have your menu set and the work assigned, break that menu down into a shopping list. Figure out what you need for each dish and then compare that to what you already have in the pantry. This will help you avoid those pesky last minute Thanksgiving morning runs to the market when you discover you’re short on butter or flour.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you can whip up a pretty menu to accompany your feast now that you have the meal all planned out. I love the chalkboard menu above and these printable Thanksgiving menus are pretty great, too. You can download the PDF and edit the text to suit your particular spread.
[Graphic by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photo by Sunday Suppers via A Cup of Jo.]