Pumpkin, Cranberry, and Pecan Pie

Thanksgiving is hands-down my favorite holiday of the year. Are any of you surprised? I love planning the big meal and then enjoying it with family and friends. Growing up, I was the only one who ever wanted pumpkin pie on the dessert table at Thanksgiving. My dad always obliged and made me a pumpkin pie.

As a side note, I think I get some of my crazy food ideas from my dad – we usually have at least one pie for every person at the Thanksgiving table, so literally everyone can request whichever flavor they prefer. So anyways, growing up, I wanted pumpkin pie. I’d pile on the cool whip and dig in.

As I got older, I was kind of turned off by pumpkin pie. Mostly because there are just so many other delicious Thanksgiving desserts to try. But let me tell you a couple things about this pie. 1: makes me love pumpkin pie again and 2: makes me swear I’ll never make plain old pumpkin pie again.

It’s seriously the PERFECT Thanksgiving pie. It has everything you could possibly want in a pie. The majority of the pie is a subtle spiced pumpkin filling, and then it’s topped with a pecan and cranberry streusel that gets all melting and crispy and delicious in the oven. If you have pumpkin pie on your Thanksgiving menu this year, I strongly urge you to replace it with this Pumpkin, Cranberry, and Pecan Pie.

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Pumpkin, Cranberry, and Pecan Pie

Ingredients:

For the Pie
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp orange zest
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp cardamom
15 oz can pumpkin
3 slightly beaten eggs
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 single pie crust

For the Cranberry Pecan Topping
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
4 tsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cold butter
4 ounces fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, zest, salt, and all of the spices (nutmeg through cardamom). In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, eggs, cream, and vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and lightly beat by hand until well combined. Pour the pumpkin mixture into a pie shell. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the brown sugar, flour, and salt, and butter to a small food processor and chop until it resembles a coarse mixture. Stir in the chopped cranberries and pecans.

Remove pie from the oven and sprinkle the cranberry mixture on top. Return the tart to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the pie is set, topping is golden and bubbly, and the crust is golden. If the crust starts getting too brown, you can add strips of foil around the edges.

Cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate within 2 hours.

Recipe adapted from Good Life Eats

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7 Responses to “Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving”

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    Megan — November 13, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Can I have ALL of these dishes for Thanksgiving?? 😉

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — November 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Great ideas!

    PS, Carbomb cupcakes are happening tomorrow!!

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    Julia — November 14, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Thank you for all of the yummy recipes that you posted on your blog. I especially like the recipe for Squash Bisque. I just bought a butternut squash and didn’t know what to do with it, so I completely understand the dilemma that you were in! I am going to try it and if it turns out well, then I am going to make it for Thanksgiving. I am always in search for new recipes for the holiday. I work with Better Recipes.com and if you are in search for the same, I recommend you check out their Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

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    Kathleen — November 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    This looks like a great list of Thanksgiving dishes. Love your post on apple slab as well. I think I’m going to make one next week so I have it ready for Thanksgiving.

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    Rachel Blumenthal — November 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Congrats! Your acorn squash photo has been featured as a Photo of the Week on BostonFoodBloggers.com: http://www.bostonfoodbloggers.com/2010/11/photos-of-week.html

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    So many great Thanksgiving recipes! Yum!

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    Megan — November 16, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I think I’m just making desserts this year, but I may sneak in that cranberry, caramelized onion, and goat cheese dip as well. Going to check out the recipe now.

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