I'm in full-out holiday planning mode and loving life. I'm in my holiday shopping groove, planning my holiday decor, and even though I can't stand listening to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving Day...I'm guilty after buying the new Justin Bieber album. (Enter judgement as I confess to love the Bieb.) But don't worry, I vow not to listen to another Christmas jingle till I'm putting up my evergreen.
Usually I get a bit nervous when making Thanksgiving pies because making pie dough is more of a rarity for me until the holidays hit or fresh summer fruit hits the stands. But not this year, friends. I'll get plenty of practice with the amount of pies I have to bake to complete the entire Baking from My Home to Yours. And um...that's 22 pies and tarts.
You would die if you saw the amount of butter I possess at the moment. It's unreal.
Now onto the actual pie I made today! It's Dorie Greenspan's Depths-of-Fall Butternut Squash Pie. It's everything fall that you wouldn't imagine together in a pie: cubed butternut squash, diced pears, orange juice and zest and dried cranberries. I would normally pair those ingredients in a savory side dish or roasted salad. But man this worked! The most surprising part of this pie is the fact that the butternut squash is cubed and not pureed.
I loved this butternut squash pie. The cinnamon and nutmeg combined with orange zest and brown sugar brought the perfect amount of sweetness and flavor to make this pie special. And though my pie crust wasn't perfect it tasted amazing. The pie stood well after cooling, but since I was loosing daylight I immediately cut into the pie minutes after it left the oven.
If you are looking for a new and absolutely unique pie to bring to the Thanksgiving dinner table this year try this Depths-of-Fall Butternut Squash Pie. You can find the recipe on Valerie's blog, she has a lovely post with wonderful descriptions of this pie and gorgeous pictures. Be sure to check out the LYL post to see the other TWD bakers posts.
Wondering what all this Tuesdays with Dorie stuff is? Read this post. This month the group is posting two recipes each Tuesday to make sure we finish the cookbook before the end of the year. The other post today was Mini Madeleines! I'm taking it a bit further and posting two posts per day to catch up on all my make-up baking adventures. I call it #HELLmonth. Wish me luck.
PS: My Project Domestication Facebook page is up.