today is thanksgiving. we were supposed to be spending the day with our friends. i was in charge of bringing dessert and green bean casserole. however our girls are sick today so we didn't go. we are now spending the day hanging out at home and at the mall and have two pies, a cheesecake, and a green bean casserole to eat. i think dan and i are going to get take out from outback steakhouse tonight. this is not exactly a traditional thanksgiving, but it has been a nice low key day. the recipe i used for the green bean casserole is here. the recipe for my cheesecake is here. here are the recipes for my pies... crumb pie recipe from my mom

1 9-inch pie crust
6 or 7 granny smith apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
cinnamon and sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 stick butter, cut into small pieces.

Line a 9 inch pie plate with the pie crust. Mix the apples with cinnamon and sugar and place in the pie. Mix the flour and sugar together and cut in the butter until crumbly, I do this in my mixer. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the apples evenly. Bake at 400 F for about 45 minutes.

...pumpkin pie recipe from the Joy of Cooking

instead of using pumpkin for this recipe i used butternut squash because i think it has more flavor than pumpkin. i was going to give you the recipe, but i just decided that it was too long and drawn out and i don't feel like it. it is much easier to just use pumpkin out of a can, if you can get it. i couldn't find it here in london. but basically i mixed together eggs, sugar, brown sugar, squash puree, and a bunch of spices. if you want to make it from scratch i would recomend buying the joy of cooking. i did have to cook mine a whole lot longer than the recipe said to get the middle done.

...recipe for pear cardamom tarts my own creation

after rolling out the crusts for the pies i had a little bit of crust left over so i rolled them out into little tart pans. i didn't have any extra apples so i decided to experiment with pear tarts. i got the idea for the cardamom and pears from Perfect Pastryhere's what i did...

...first blind bake the tart shells for about 15 minutes. then take the foil off put back in the oven to brown for about 10 minutes. remove from the oven and brush with an egg wash and then put back in the oven for 1-2 minutes to set the egg wash. peel, core, and quarter about 3 pears. melt 1/4 cup butter in a frying pan and sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar and the seeds from about 4 cardamom pods over the butter. place pear quarters in the butter mixture round side down and cook until the sugar starts to bubble and brown. place two pear quarters in each tart shell and spoon some of the sugar mixture over the pears. put back into the oven at about 325 F for about 15 minutes. serve warm.


Anonymous sue passerelli said...

What a meal - three of your delicious desserts and green bean casserole. Yummy!

So sorry you couldn't get together with Jeremy & Mary Ellen. Hope everyone is well soon.

6:28 PM  

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