Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pumpkin Apple Galette, Pear Raspberry Pie, Pumpkin Pie and more Pies

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is that I have an excuse to bake and eat a lot of pies. This past year was not an exception.

My two new pie obsessions are Pumpkin Apple Galette and Pear Raspberry Pie. When I first saw the Pumpkin Apple Galette recipe in Sunset Magazine, I instantly fell in love. I like anything pumpkin, and I love apple pies. Why didn't I think of putting the two together before?

To the recipe, I added more pumpkin pie spices (more cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger) to jazz it up with some more holiday spirit. The result was absolutely delicious especially when served with candied pecans and bourbon spiked whipped cream -- not too sweet, perfectly crispy thin crust.

I baked this galette twice this past fall and turned out delicious both times!

Another new favorite is the Pear Raspberry Pie. I first tasted this magical combo of fruit at Mission Pie, one of our go-to dessert places up in SF. The naturally soft, juicy pears turned out to be the perfect pie filling combined with tart raspberries. So I decided to recreate it at home.

I followed my regular apple pie recipe but used ripe Bosc pears with a touch of lemon juice and tossed the raspberries in at the end. The raspberries kept its vibrant red color providing a stunning visual when cut into the pie. I wish I had taken a photo of the pie wedge!

And then there was Thanksgiving. I made pumpkin puree by roasting and pureeing sugar pie pumpkin. Instead of the traditional pie crust, I used a combination of chocolate cookie crumbs and graham cracker crumbs this time. This pumpkin pie was the most intensely pumpkin-y pumpkin pie I've ever had in my life and the color was also brighter. What a difference the homemade puree makes! From now on, I will always make the puree myself.

Lastly, for my birthday, my friends surprised me with a wonderful brunch at Coqueta followed by a beautiful apple pie from Three Babes. It was absolutely delicious. The pie crust was thicker than most but perfectly flakey and crispy.

Until the day my pie crust looks as perfect as this one, I will continue to bake more pies!

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