For the past few years, our dessert table at Thanksgiving has included a pumpkin/cheesecake pie. I wanted to do something different this year and wanted it to be more that the back of the Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Can! So, I found myself searching Best Pumpkin Pie recipes and landed on a blog called Modern Honey. She claimed to have the best pumpkin pie recipe and had won awards for it. So, after looking it over, I agreed that it looked pretty good…and, it was! I made a few tweaks to make the pie my own. Let’s begin with Modern Honey’s Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe Here.
The way I tweaked the ingredients was to use the Whipped Cream Cheese over block cream cheese. It just seemed as though it would make the consistency even creamier. I have been a fan for a long time of the Saigon Cinnamon. It is richer and deeper than regular cinnamon. The Kerrygold Butter from Ireland is delicious. I used part of it for the pie, and make honey butter for our rolls from the rest of it.
I have not used powdered sugar before in a pie, but it all works really well just like the creator of the original recipe said it would. It is very creamy and smooth. But, I wanted my pie to look like this….
She features hers with homemade whipped cream. But I have always wanted to make the autumn leaves and decorate the pie. So the day before Thanksgiving. I rolled out the store bought pie crust like this….
Then I cut out autumn leaves with a cookie cutter. I brushed them with melted butter and sprinkled with a mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and smidge of nutmeg.
I baked them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes…until a little brown. After they cooled, I placed them in a zip lock bag until I needed them to decorate the pie. It was so easy and so pretty. With the excellent recipe to start with, and a few of my own tweaks, it was a great dessert. But, in the first picture you can see some chocolate cupcakes in the background. I bought the pumpkin candies to give my 3 year old granddaughter to decorate the cakes. She did this with her other grandmother who was at lunch and it was a fun way for her to participate.
What was your favorite dessert at Thanksgiving this year? Do you give much attention to how the desserts are decorated? I hope I have given some inspiration for your next family meal. Thanks for being here…and I have a cooking slideshow below…including my Southern Living cake holder the pie is sitting on. I love it and some of the cutest Christmas aprons I have seen. It is not too late to get it personalized! Fashion will be returning soon…I have a couple of sponsored posts coming up and, of course, tomorrow is What Should I Wear?
KEEP SMILING, EVERYONE!!