For last year’s About Thanksgiving Pie Showdown, I made a sweet potato pie that earned lukewarm reviews from the team. (I would like to blame the recipe, but there’s a large chance the issue was user error.) So when Editor Kelsey Davis asked me if I’d like to make another pie for this month’s issue of the magazine, I saw a chance to redeem myself. And I am proud to say I did.
1. Add 1 1/2 cups flour, salt and sugar (optional) to a food processor. Pulse 2 to 3 times until combined. 2. Scatter butter cubes over flour and process until a dough or paste begins to form, about 15 seconds. (There should be no uncoated flour). 3. Scrape bowl, redistribute the flour-butter mixture then add remaining 1 cup of flour. Pulse 4 to 5 times until flour is evenly distributed. (Dough should look broken up and a little crumbly).
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor, pulse the gingersnaps with the walnuts until finely ground. Add the melted butter and pulse until the crumbs are moistened. Press the crumbs evenly into a 9-inch glass or ceramic pie plate.
1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. 2. Mix sugar and cinnamon. Mix lightly through apples. Heap up in a pastry-lined, large 9-inch pie pan. Dot with butter. 3. Cover the edge with strip of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning. 4. Bake 50 to 60 minutes.
Eating healthy during the holiday season is always difficult. Who wants to eat nutritious food when there are cookies, cakes and pies all around? Well here are some things to think about before grabbing that extra cookie.
Fall is upon us. Gone are the leaves, and soon will come the snow. The dawn of the holiday season is just below the horizon, like it or not. November leads to planning and shopping for the annual feast where we visit family, give thanks, watch football and eat far too much tryptophan (or so grandma tells us).