Pie Recipes for Thanksgiving

Decadent Pecan Pie
Via Betty Crocker.
The holidays are coming!  It's time to plan menus!  So, what's for dessert??  Here are some great pie recipes for the holidays or anytime.  Enjoy!

Decadant Pecan Pie

Ingredients:

Pastry:
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening
to 3 tablespoons cold water

Filling:
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
cup corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
eggs
cup pecan halves or broken pecans


Directions: 
In medium bowl, mix flour and salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost leaves side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).

Gather pastry into a ball. Shape into flattened round on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling
Heat oven to 375°F. With floured rolling pin, roll pastry into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pie plate. Fold and roll pastry under, even with plate; press with times of fork or flute if desired.

In another medium bowl, beat all filling ingredients except pecans with wire whisk or hand beater until well blended. Stir in pecans. Pour into pastry-lined pie plate.

Cover edge of pastry with 2- to 3-inch-wide strip of foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is set, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Refrigerate at least 2 hours until chilled before serving. Store in refrigerator.



Easy Pumpkin Pie
Via From the Oven.


Easy Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients: 

2 refrigerated pie crusts
1 (29 oz) can pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling. I use Libby's pumpkin)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
4 large eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt


Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Crust
Following directions on pie crust packaging, prepare pie crusts. Set aside to make pumpkin pie filling.

Pie Filling
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, then add pumpkin, full can sweetened condensed milk and approximately 2/3-3/4 can of the evaporated milk (you can use the entire can, I prefer a more solid pumpkin pie, thus do not use the entire can). Stir well to combine. Add in cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt. Stir well to combine.

Carefully pour mixture into into pie shells. Place pies in oven and bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Bake for an additional 35-45 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of a pie comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for two hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Store in refrigerator.



Fresh Apple Pie
Via Betty Crocker

Fresh Apple Pie

Ingredients:

package Betty Crocker™ pie crust mix
1/3 cup cold water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
cups thinly sliced peeled apples (3 large)
tablespoon butter or margarine
Milk
Additional sugar


Directions:

Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crust mix as directed for 9-Inch Two-Crust Pie, using 1/3 cup cold water--except trim overhanging edge of bottom pastry 1 inch from rim of plate.

Stir together 1/2 cup sugar, the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg in large bowl. Add apples; toss. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with butter.

Roll remaining pastry; cut into 10 strips, each about 1/2 inch wide. Place 5 strips across filling in pie plate. Weave a cross-strip through by first folding back every other strip of the first 5 strips. Continue weaving, folding back alternate strips before adding each cross-strip, until lattice is complete. Trim ends. Fold trimmed edge of bottom crust over ends of strips, building up a high edge. Seal and flute. Brush lightly with milk; sprinkle lightly with additional sugar.


Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice is bubbly.


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