Tuesday, November 25, 2008
TWD - Thanksgiving Twofer Pie
This week’s TWD recipe is Thanksgiving Twofer Pie chosen by Vibi of La Casserole carree. The pie combines two traditional thanksgiving pies – pumpkin pie and pecan pie, into one. Thanksgiving is obviously an American celebration and not celebrated here in NZ, so I didn’t wait and make this pie for Thanksgiving. I haven never made pecan pie or pumpkin pie before (in fact I don’t think I have tasted pumpkin pie before!) so I got to make both kinds of pies in one go.
I made little individual tarts rather than one big pie. I halved all of the mixtures. The base is a shortcrust base, with a pumpkin pie filling. The filling is made from pumpkin (I steamed and mashed this as we don’t have canned pumpkin here), cream and spices. You then top that with pecans and a caramel style mixture of brown sugar and eggs. You are also meant to use corn syrup, but that isn’t a cupboard staple in NZ and I forgot to buy some, so I used extra brown sugar instead.
The wee tarts turned out perfectly. They are really yummy, but I couldn’t really taste the pumpkin too much. I think I would prefer more filling and I would have got that effect if I had baked the pies in deeper dishes. I did enjoy making this little piece of America, and I hope that the TWDers in the States enjoy this Thanksgiving treat!