We're celebrating Thanksgiving early this year due to varied work schedules. Although everyone lives in close proximity we can't all be together on Thursday, so Monday (today) is the designated day.
Here we are hard at work getting ready for the big day a few days earlier than when we would normally be baking. I make several different pies to please everyone. Pumpkin, apple, and of course chocolate - my personal favorite.
My grandson loves to cook (he wants to be a chef) so he came over to help me.
We had so much fun!
And look at what we turned out! Yum....
When I was teaching my students would spend the whole week before Thanksgiving learning how to make pie crust and then creating a complete Apple Pie at the end of the week. Many students went home and made pies for their families - a little extra credit couldn't hurt.. giving them some practice in the kitchen.
Many proud parents wrote me notes of awe and gratitude as their children shared with their families what they had learned.
I'm having to stand guard against slices of pie being stolen as these sit cooling on the counter.
I can't go a holiday season without making my aunt's decadent chocolate pie. The story goes that this was the signature pie at one of her favorite restaurants in downtown Omaha, Nebraska where she was a regular customer. She was so enamored with the pie that she talked the chef into giving her the recipe.
The restaurant is long gone now but this delicious recipe remains -
here it is...and it's so easy.
This year I made mini chocolate pies.
Decadent Chocolate Pie
Makes an 8 inch pie
1 egg - well beaten
1 1/4C milk
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
Cream butter until soft, gradually blend in sugar and flour
Combine beaten egg and milk - stir into first mixture
Break chocolate into pieces - add to above ingredients
Cook entire mixture in a double boiler until thick and smooth, stirring frequently
Lastly add the vanilla
Pour into cooked shell
Cool & top with whipped cream
I haven't made the whipped cream yet - that will be done tomorrow, closer to dessert time, but I'm thinking that powdered sugar could be a viable alternative.
I have to be honest here.
My plan was to make all of this years pies mini - it was a grandiose plan - but after making mini versions of the the chocolate recipe, I was over it and I decided to make regular sized pies instead. Shaping all of those tiny pie crusts was just too overwhelming.
I kind of go over the top with the pies trying to please all of our family members - did I mention that I also make lemon bars for my youngest? Yes, I know it's probably too much, but I love baking and they take their favorites home with them so only some pumpkin (my husband's favorite) remains.
What is your traditional Thanksgiving dessert?