While so much of the country is talking about the first flurries this week, I’m sitting here wondering why I’m wearing a sweater when it’s 88 degrees out. Actually, I know the answer to that: the old rental house I live in, while charming, has terrible insulation. My house must suck up all the cold air from the middle of the night and hold it all in because I wake up in a bedroom that’s 56 degrees, get dressed in layers, and step outside perplexed by the sun and heat. I know this is what weather apps on your phone are for but that’s asking me to be a coherent, quick thinking in the morning. No, sorry, not possible.
Even with the unseasonably warm weather, I’m falling for all the beautiful photos of holiday-themed and cold-weather foods on Pinterest. All my social media feeds are already saturated with Thanksgiving recipes, most of them about PIE.
Disclaimer: I haven’t always been a fan of pie. I’m more of a cake, cookie, bread person (hence why this blog isn’t called Croissants, Cookies, & Pie). I’ve been called non-American in jest because I didn’t grow up eating pie and I’m still in the habit of saying I don’t really like pie. Honestly, pie and I are still new friends and this courtship of ours is slow. However, I’ve seen enough gorgeous food photography lately to give them another chance.
OK, all that aside, I think I’m ready to make a pie for Thanksgiving dinner — one that won’t go unnoticed and will instead be devoured by all. I’ve compiled a few links for inspiration, as well as some great related articles that I ran into this week. Enjoy!
I’ve only made pie once, so maybe some practice is in order before the holidays. Last year I made a classic apple pie with some help from Saveur. It was so delicious, according to a couple of people who didn’t even like pie (ok, I was one of them). Here are the links I referenced:
- The basics of making a pie crust
- Apple pie recipe à la Savuer
- An easy video tutorial on how to make a lattice top
More how-to links for making awesome pies:
- If you’re too lazy to hit Play on that video tutorial above, here’s a how-to from TheKitchn with step-by-step photos (yesss!).
- Reader tips on baking with aluminum pie tins if you’re like me and don’t have nice pie plates
- Food52’s tells you all about blind baking.
Some Pinterest inspiration I found for future pie-baking endeavors (three of which were from a Food52 feature on the ladies of Four & Twenty Blackbirds, a trendy pie shop in NYC):
All-Butter Crust from Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Never-Fail Lemon Curd from Beth Dunham
Lemon Chess Pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds — more oatmeal + chocolate love!
A savory Thanksgiving Root Pie recipe from Food52
I’ll share whatever recipe I’ve decided on for Thanksgiving a little later, but for updates on my pie fiascos and successes, you can find those on my Twitter feed.