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Dreaming of Thanksgiving Pies…


I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just right around the corner.  Pretty soon I will be starting the holiday with a Turkey Trot at Fleet Feet with the fam, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, and then heading over my sister’s place for dinner. Let the indulgence begin! I can’t wait, just can’t wait to dig into my favorite dessert: PIE!

I’ve been experimenting with recipes and here is a great one.  Don’t forget to share your fav recipe!.  

Autumn Pie


  • Pie Pastry (can be homemade or store bought~check for natural ingredients)
  • 6 cups thinly sliced peeled apples, (2 1/2 pounds), such as Northern Spy, a favorite
  • 1 large firm pear, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Pecan Crumb Topping

  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour, or all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons  unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons organic whole milk


  1. Coat a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 12 1/2-inch circle. Drape the dough over the rolling pin and transfer it to the prepared pan (if homemade). Press to fit. Trim the pastry, fold the edges under.  Cover the pie shell and place in the freezer while you prepare the filling.
  2. Combine apples, pear,  lemon zest and lemon juice in a large bowl; toss to coat. Set aside for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Mix the cornstarch, ginger and nutmeg in a small bowl. Add to the fruit and toss well to combine. Scrape the filling into the cold pie shell, smoothing the top so the slices don’t stick up and scorch in the oven.
  4. Bake the pie on the center rack for 30 minutes. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 10 minutes more.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare pecan crumb topping: Place flour, brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon in a food processor; pulse 5 or 6 times to chop the nuts. Scatter butter over the dry ingredients. Pulse again repeatedly until the butter is broken into fine bits. Turn the machine on again and add the milk in a stream. Stop as soon as it has been added. Empty the mixture into a bowl and gently rub it between your fingers.
  6. After the pie has baked for 40 minutes, reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Place the pie on a baking sheet. Spread the crumb topping evenly over the apples, patting down gently. Bake the pie until the fruit is tender when pierced with the tip of a knife and you can see the juices bubbling at the edge, 25 minutes more.  Once the topping  starts to brown, lay a large sheet of foil over the pie to prevent any further darkening.
  7. Transfer the pie to a wire rack and let cool for at least 1 hour before serving.

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7 Responses to Dreaming of Thanksgiving Pies…

Kevin Ryan

Can’t wait to put my healed broken leg to the test in running the Turkey Trot. And what’s Thanksgiving without football.

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    Hi there, you can do it! AND oh yeah, forgot about Thanksgiving football…shame on me! The pie would be great!

      Kevin Ryan

      Here’s a quick and easy Chocolate Pudding Pie

      1 (9 inch) deep dish pie crust, baked and cooled
      1 (1.4 ounce) package instant sugar-free chocolate pudding mix

      Prepare pudding as directed on package for pie. Spoon into pie shell and chill 1 hour.


these sound so good, lisa. did you make them up?

    Lisa Consiglio Ryan

    I actually got a whole bunch of my fav cookbooks out and put some things together. I wish I made them up! BUT they are good…made the recipes in the past. Can’t wait!

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