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I am invited to a friend from the US for Thanksgiving. I always like to bring something (preferable homemade) to the host.

Last year I brought a pumpkin pie for dessert (since the person responsible for pies never delivers and I learned that pumkin pie is the *pie*). The persons from the US almost cried of happiness even though my pies weren't exactly perfect . (I googled the recipe)

So I want to try again. Please help me with recipes for pies that taste like a US grandma did them. Pumpkin pie or some other pie that is traditional for Thanksgiving.

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I am not the big cook, but my favorite pies for thanksgiving are mincemeat pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin and pine nut pie.

Mincemeat is a difficult one, as it takes several days to prepare.

Pecan pie is awesome, but pricey, as pecans are crazy expensive.
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pie crust hint... just find a simple recipe (online), but substitute vodka for about 1/2 the water... it does something to the dough to make it come out better... something to do with affecting the gluten so it doesn't get as hard if you overwork it a little...
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Chess pie ...

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chess-pie/

You still have time to make one for practice, and can see if any of the tips in the reviews are needed. Good luck!

[ETA: It even has a game name, though not really named for it.]
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Mincemeat is wonderful, I remeber getting that when living in Scotland. Fun thing most Swedes don't know what it is and I've seen it translated to minced meat several times. Yup, you probably put meat in a sweet dessert pie....
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So the thing is all pies are extremly sweet? Maybe my pie from last year was alright then, because that was my main problem with it.
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evarina wrote:
Mincemeat is wonderful, I remeber getting that when living in Scotland. Fun thing most Swedes don't know what it is and I've seen it translated to minced meat several times. Yup, you probably put meat in a sweet dessert pie....

Actually... yes. At least originally.
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Sounds like you already have a good pumpkin pie recipe, but I am very partial to mine so I'll share, I'm sorry it's not in metrics for you:


Pumpkin Pie

15 oz pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups of half & half
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 9 inch pie shell (unbaked)

Preheat oven to 450 F

Place all filling ingredients in a large bowl and blend with a mixer on medium speed until light and airy.

Pour into pie shell.

Bake for 20 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350 F and bake 40 minutes longer until knife comes out clean. Cool on rack.



For the crust, go with a recipe that uses lard, there is just no comparison for flavor!
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Oh and I have to share this recipe for Chocolate pie, too.

It's super easy -- perfect for a pie noob-- and it's super delicious, but it's not that traditional for Thanksgiving (although we will be serving it).



http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2012/05/easy-chocolate-pie/



Oh and if you do either the chocolate or pumpkin pie, make sure you have whipped cream for serving!
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Jatoha wrote:
Sounds like you already have a good pumpkin pie recipe, but I am very partial to mine so I'll share, I'm sorry it's not in metrics for you:


Pumpkin Pie

15 oz pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups of half & half
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 9 inch pie shell (unbaked)

Preheat oven to 450 F

Place all filling ingredients in a large bowl and blend with a mixer on medium speed until light and airy.

Pour into pie shell.

Bake for 20 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350 F and bake 40 minutes longer until knife comes out clean. Cool on rack.



For the crust, go with a recipe that uses lard, there is just no comparison for flavor!


A good start, but more spices!!!

Instead of "pumpkin spice mix", add to hers:

1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. powdered ginger (or use 1 tbs fresh ginger, grated and finely minced; it's excellent)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves (or allspice)

I also add a 1/4 cup of orange juice to mine, and instead of half-and-half I use evaporated milk (non-sweetened). You could do that and make the total liquid amount 1 1/2 cups.

I agree with both the "use lard" and "sub 1/2 vodka for water" for the crust comments.
The way to impress guests is to handmake the crust. Nail that and the filling is almost secondary. A frozen pie shell can never be as tender and flaky as homemade.
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Thanks, you can't find any premade mixes here, so I go with your suggestion.


And thanks to all of you.
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Where in the USA are you going?
Chapel's suggestions are especially good ones if you're in the southern half of the states but other regions may have other traditions.
For instance, you don't see a lot of pecan pies in the NW but in the SE they are more common.
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Oh, I was unclear. The dinner is in Sweden. My friend (and some of his friends) moved here from the US. So it is a bit harder for them to celebrate "the way you should". I think they are from different parts of the US and my friend has moved around. His family live in Florida right now.
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evarina wrote:
So the thing is all pies are extremly sweet? Maybe my pie from last year was alright then, because that was my main problem with it.


After filling up on all the savory dishes before, Thanksgiving desserts benefit from an extra bit of enticement.
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evarina wrote:
Mincemeat is wonderful, I remeber getting that when living in Scotland. Fun thing most Swedes don't know what it is and I've seen it translated to minced meat several times. Yup, you probably put meat in a sweet dessert pie....


Google translate did not now either, also wikipedia say the origin indeed is from haveing meat in the pie...

as did Semlor originally if IIRC
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Now we are a little bit OT, but I don't mind. I know that minced meat originally contained real meat. But I dubt that any person living today would use that, all people I met prefered the dried fruit stuff. But if you look somewhere in the Scottish highlands, who knows...
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Easy rule is no creamed fish.


Everyone will bring apple, pumpkin and chocolate


Bring a raw apple cake instead. Find an easy buttermilk recipe and substitute whatever apples they call for with half Grannies and half pears.


Do not put GD raisins in it.
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The thing here is that nobody brings a pie, that why I want to make one.

So after your input, there will be a pumpkin pie with lots and lots of raisins
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Jatoha wrote:
Oh and I have to share this recipe for Chocolate pie, too. It's super easy and it's super delicious.



http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2012/05/easy-chocolate-pie/


I will be making this for Thanksgiving!
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tickmanfan wrote:
Jatoha wrote:
Oh and I have to share this recipe for Chocolate pie, too. It's super easy and it's super delicious.


http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2012/05/easy-chocolate-pie/


I will be making this for Thanksgiving!


I hope it's as big a hit for you as it was for us!
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I hope it's as big a hit for you as it was for us!


After reading the reviews, I am confident it will be.

I am going to be using dark cocoa, so that should be amazing. I am considering adding a little hot pepper powder. I may make two pies since it's so easy.
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It's hard to beat this one if you're looking for easy. It calls for several pre-made/pre-packaged ingredients so if you wanted something from scratch, look elsewhere. We make two (or four) of these each Thanksgiving.

Edit = Stupid sticky keyboard
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tickmanfan wrote:
jeffwiles wrote:
Edit = Stupid sticky keyboard





Pie is sticky.


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Pie is sticky.

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