Because the oven was consumed by the bird all day, I opted for baking my pies yesterday. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I made a traditional pumpkin pie. The recipe calls for Libby's 100% pure pumpkin, found in a can. This is not to be confused with Libby's pumpkin pie mix. Even though the pumpkin is from a can, I still consider the pie from scratch. Baked with a crust I made form scratch, it turned out as the perfect Turkey Day treat.
Pie number two was apple, of course! Instead of a simple classic apple, I chose an apple pie with a twist: Cider Infused Apple Pie. The recipe called for pre-cooking the apples beforehand in a pot with apple cider. By doing this, the apples not only absorbed the flavor of the cider to bump up the flavor of the apples, but it also shrinks the apples some, thus eliminating the space between the filling and the top crust that usually occurs. This apple pie has to be one of the best ones I have ever made. The filling did not overflow and spill out, leading to clean-cut pieces.
Overall, a fantastically successful Thanksgiving. Great food, good company, perfect pies. I hope your day was just as great. Happy Pie!