In my last blog, I talked about a festive treat for thanksgiving being turkey cupcakes which are not an original and traditional thanksgiving food. However, pecan and pumpkin pie are!!!

Pumpkin pie was definitely not served at the original feast of the pilgrim’s because they didn’t have ovens to bake the crust in. However pumpkins definitely made an appearance where they may have made stewed pumpkin by filling a shell with a mixture of orange flesh, milk honey, and spices which centuries later turned into pumpkin pie. The first pumpkin pie did not appear until 1670.

Pecan pie, however, did not make an appearance at the first Thanksgiving. Some Native American tribes relied on its meat of the pecan as a major food resource. Over time it has now become just as popular for the holidays and are many people’s favorite dessert to eat at Thanksgiving.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner (8 days!!!) here are two easy recipes to make the most delicious and savoring pies for the holiday.

First, which is personally my favorite, is pumpkin pie! All you need is…

  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspon of salt
  • 1 can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 1/4 cups of evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pie crust

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Mix the filling ingredients together
  3. Pour the mix into the pie crust
  4. Bake for 15 minutes
  5. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 50 minutes or until done
  6. Cool for 2 hours
  7. Cut and enjoy!!!

Now for the pecan pie, here is what you need:

  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter
  • 3/4 cup of light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cups of pecans
  • 1 pie crust

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, salt and eggs together
  3. Add in pecans to the mix and stir well
  4. Bake for 40 minutes until center is set. After 15 or 20 minutes of baking cover cover crust edges with strips of foil to prevent excess browning

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