Thanksgiving is finally here, which means we will shortly be shoveling platefuls of food into our mouths, and topping off this feast with dessert. Of course, by dessert, we mean pie. We at the Clog ranked the most classic Thanksgiving pies to inspire your grocery list next week.
- Pumpkin pie
Pumpkin takes the pie. Pumpkin pie is the most quintessential Thanksgiving pie. It has existed since Thanksgivings dating back to feasts that the American colonists started. Before, pumpkin pie was probably more like a savory soup, but has evolved into the sweet, savory dessert we know today around the early 19th century.
- Apple crumble pie
If you were tasked with bringing two pies to a Thanksgiving dinner, chances are, you would bring a pumpkin pie and an apple crumble pie. The inside of the pie is warm and gooey, while the top “crumble” adds an incredibly sweet crunch to every bite of pie. If you choose to eat without the crumble (why though?), you still get to admire the beautiful lattice crust on top.
- Pecan pie
It’s hard to imagine a Thanksgiving dinner without pecan pie sitting at the table. This gorgeous dark syrup-y pie full of pecans is simply irresistible. Pecan pie is one of the sweetest pies on the list, but hey, the holidays are a time to indulge, aren’t they? Simply warm this pie up, and it becomes instantly better.
- Banana cream pie
How can you go wrong with banana cream pie? There is the graham cracker crumbs that hug the whipped cream, which then create a bed for the bananas to rest … topped with more cream. It’s truly one of the most glorious holiday foods.
- Coconut cream pie
Coconut cream pie is a really polarizing pie, but has earned its place on this list because of its unique history. Tropical fruits didn’t enter the United States until around the 18th century, but when shredded coconut was imported in the late 18th century, coconut cream pies took the country by storm by the early 1900s. A lot of folks prefer double-crusted fruit pies during the holidays, but we at the Clog think it’s important not to neglect our tropical fruit friends.
- Chocolate raspberry pie
There are not many food combinations that go as well as chocolate and raspberry. Whoever first invented this recipe knew what they were doing. What came out of this pie is pure perfection, with the fruity and tart raspberry balancing out the bitter and sweet chocolate.
- Cranberry pie
We ranked cranberry pie in last place, because we feel that cranberry gets many opportunities to shine at the dinner table this week. Some people eat it with their mashed potatoes, but most eat it with their turkey, the focal piece of the dinner. But in the end, it is a tasty and classic pie.
Whether it be pumpkin or cranberry, you really can’t go wrong. In the end, you’re eating pie! And there’s nothing that can really be too bad about that. Unbuckle your belt and undo your buttons. You need to make room for some dessert.
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