What Kind of Pie Do You Eat on Thanskgiving? (Obama Eats Apple)

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pumpkin piePie—like stuffing—is another one of those Thanksgiving foods that everyone does differently.

Pumpkin and apple pie seem to be the most popular dessert enjoyed by families on Thanksgiving. But I've also heard of eating pecan, sweet potato, cranberry swirl, lemon, chocolate, banana pudding—even cheesecake!

Tell us what kind of pie (or other dessert) your family eats on Thanksgiving, but first: check out this Apple Pie recipe from the White House pastry chef, who Obama calls the "crustmaster":

Apple Pie recipe by White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses

For the crust:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

10 ounces unsalted butter, cold, cut into small chunks

3 ounces lard, cold, cut into small chunks

1/2 cup ice water

To make the crust, in a food processor pulse together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and lard, then pulse briefly until the mixture forms small crumbs. Add the ice water and pulse just until a dough forms.

Divide the dough into 2 pieces and shape into discs. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.

To prepare the pie shell, on a floured surface roll out one disc to a 14-inch circle. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased, deep 9-inch pie pan, leaving a 1 inch overhang. Refrigerate the crust in the pan for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

When ready to bake the bottom crust, heat the oven to 375 F. Line the cold crust with foil and fill with baking weights, rice or dry beans to hold it in place. Bake the pie shell for 30 minutes. Leave the oven on once the crust is done. Meanwhile, prepare the filling.


For the filling:

2 pounds apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup cornstarch

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

For the egg wash:

1 egg

1 teaspoon salt

Sugar, for sprinkling

In a large saucepan, toss together the apples, sugar, honey, cornstarch, vanilla, cinnamon and lemon zest and juice. Let sit for 20 minutes.

Bring the fruit mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the fruit thickens. Let cool.

When the bottom crust is baked and the filling has cooled, pour the fruit into the crust.

Roll out the second disc of dough to about 12 inches.

In a small bowl, beat the egg with the salt. Use a pastry brush to brush the egg on the edges of the cooked crust. Place the top crust over the filling. Gently crimp the top crust, sealing the pie around the edges.

Puncture the top of the crust with a paring knife in several places to create steam vents. Brush egg wash over the crust, then sprinkle with sugar. Bake for another 30 to 40 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the top crust is golden brown.

Let cool for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

What kind of pie does your family eat on Thanksgiving?


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TKsMo... TKsMommie

We usually have pumpkin and chocolate cream pie.  Sometimes there is apple too!

Julie... JulieKaye5

Apple and pumpkin pies have been a staple at my family's Thanksgiving table for years, but I also make a berry pie that is a crowd favorite!  And it is very presentable if you can get the crust right!  I found the recipe off of this amiazing website that gives step-by-step videos and recipes. 


michi... michiganmom116

Always pumpkin,  but this year I'm adding a cranberry swirl cheesecake and an upside-down apple gingerbread cake.

julye julye

Where I live the two major favorites are pumpkin and pecan. Those are the ones to get eaten first, anything else will be eaten after those two are completely gone.

CM.Ul... CM.Ult.Cookbook

Mmm...thanks for the recipe! 

I love pies, but I usually go for a cheesecake.  Irresistible!!  wink mini

Lumin... LuminousMom

hubby loves pumpkin so thats what I make but the only pie I like is apple. I make those for Christmas, generally

RanaA... RanaAurora

Apple?  APPLE?  See, we KNEW he wasn't an American!

(JOKE, people, it's a JOKE.)

We eat pumpkin here.  Once a year, I enjoy it.  It's my only excuse to eat it.

Pollymom Pollymom

Pumpkin first and foremost... then pecan, apple and whatever else happens to show up.

cafemama cafemama

Pumpkin all the way. My husband's family makes a pumpkin chiffon version. My family makes a traditional pumpkin pie. Both are delish.

swimm... swimmachic23

Apple, Pumpkin, Rhubarb, Pecan and GRAPE! I can find the ingredients to do the first four but wont be having any Grape pie this year b/c the good ole state of GA doesnt HAVE concord grapes! Boy will I miss it!

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