thanksgiving twofer pie

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Laurie, the administrator for TWD, gave us the option of blogging about the Thanksgiving Twofer Pie, a combination of pecan and pumpkin pie, on Thursday instead of Tuesday, under the assumption that some of us would be making it for Thanksgiving. I tried to imagine my family’s reaction if I offered something so untraditional after the turkey. My mom would raise her eyebrows, loudly, if such a thing is possible, and eat maybe half a piece. My dad would eat his portion and proclaim it good but not as good as Libby’s pumpkin pie. My brothers and sister are more easygoing, and they might actually enjoy it for what it is – something different, god forbid.

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I admit to being a little apprehensive about the pie myself, not being a big fan of pecan pie, or even pecans, for that matter. But I’m generally game for something new, so I followed the recipe almost exactly. I did toast the pecans before adding them to the pie, and I ran out of corn syrup and substituted maple syrup for almost half of the corn syrup.  I also used a different pie crust recipe.

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The recipe came together smoothly for me, although I will admit to a twinge of regret when I added the pecans to the wonderfully pure pumpkin pie filling. The only problem I had was that my crust became incredibly difficult to cut through after baking. I am not exaggerating when I say that I ate my pie with a steak knife. I don’t know what happened – my only guess is that the sugary pecan pie filling made its way down to the crust and crystallized. I haven’t seen anyone else mention this problem, but there was nothing unusual about the pie crust I made. Maybe the maple syrup caused the problem?

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I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed this pie. I’m so glad that I added some maple syrup, because that flavor was really noticeable, and it was fantastic. I did think the pie was sort of, um, ugly, once sliced. I wish the layers had stayed separate. That’s okay though, it was still tasty.

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Vibi, who’s actually from France and therefore has no interest in Thanksgiving, was kind enough to choose this dessert for all of us American TWD members. The recipe is posted on her blog (in both English and French – just scroll down for the English version).

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Comments

  1. pinkstripes says:

    Your twofer pie looks gorgeous. I, too, was surprised by how much I liked this pie. My only regret is not making a double batch.

  2. Your pie is beautiful. The pecans are scattered so nicely. :)

  3. I like the maple flavoring idea! And I’m gald you liked the pie, your pictures are beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving

  4. teaandscones says:

    OOHH!! That looks delicious. I cannot wait to try this one tomorrow. It looks absolutely lovely. Great job.

  5. Not only is your beautiful, but so is your pie. Nicely done all around!
    Happy T-Day!

  6. I meant to write your blog is beautiful…oops:-)

  7. Thank you very much Bridget, for participating with me this week!
    Your pie looks wonderful and was probably just as tasty with all that maple sirup!
    A very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family (enjoy those traditional flavors!!!)

  8. Hee, I agree that pecan pie (not pumpkin pie) is hard to pretti-fy. But you did a great job with it :) Sorry to hear about the crust hardening, though! At least you evaded your parents’ comments about that!

  9. Your pie looks great! I heard people were having problems with the crust – I’ll have my steak knife ready when I make it tomorrow. :) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!!

  10. I know exactly what you mean. My family would freak. I haven’t made the dish and have been debating all month whether to try it or not. Yours looks really good.

  11. It looks beautiful! I was also surprised at how much I enjoyed this pie. The maple syrup sounds like it would add a lot to the flavor.

  12. Your photography is amazing.

    And that pie looks amazing!

    I love your blog. :)

  13. I think your pie looks amazing! Very, very delicious! It makes me really excited to make mine tomorrow.

  14. your pie looks awesome, and the maple flavor sounds great! my dad and his brothers are the exact same way about thanksgiving dessert, btw–don’t mess around with their pumpkin pie!! luckily my husband is a little more up for pie experimentation. happy thanksgiving!

  15. Wow, that looks fabulous! My boyfriend is the same way as your dad though – Libby’s pie is the only way to go :) This was quite a tasty variation though.

  16. The maple flavor sounds wonderful! Nice job!

  17. Your pie looks great! I made a traditional pumpkin pie in addition to the twofer pie and I used a different recipe for the traditional pie and that crust came out really chewy and weird. I needed a steak knife too! My twofer crust was fine though. Strange. :)

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