(Family Features) - My Thanksgiving memories are made of baking together, gathering loved ones around the table, a moist turkey dinner with all the trimmings. But nothing beats dessert. Specifically pie.
When the leftovers are safely tucked away in the frig and I present the dessert choices, I never hear groans of "I can't eat another bite" around my Thanksgiving table. For enticing desserts, look no further than pumpkin pie: It's the all-American, must-have holiday dessert.
In fact, in many homes, it's not Thanksgiving without the traditional delicious pumpkin pie: Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie, the one everyone loves. Perfectly spiced and seasoned creamy pumpkin is nestled in a flaky pie crust. It's the pie whose aroma announces, unequivocally, "Thanksgiving." The recipe for Famous Pumpkin Pie is included on the label of the can of pumpkin, where I look for it every time I bake this pie throughout the holiday season.
On occasion, I do like to add my own signature touch to pumpkin pie, and this Walnut Crunch Pumpkin Pie makes a spectacular appearance at the table. Before it disappears, that is! A classic, deep-dish pumpkin pie that is crowned with a broiled walnut-brown sugar topping makes a pie that's almost - almost! - too pretty to eat.
Kick off the holiday season in great Thanksgiving style by using the advice and checklist to Get Ready for Thanksgiving at www.verybestbaking.com, which reminds hosts to:
For extra-special touches to your holiday pies, view the video on making the perfect pumpkin pie at www.VeryBestBaking.com (click on the "Advice" tab, then on "Baking 101 Video Learning"). You'll also find tasty tips to make all your holiday baking spectacular.
- Get organized early: plan your menu, detailed shopping list and guest list a few weeks ahead.
- Make your home festive, and get kids involved in dressing up the table.
- Organize on the big day: Begin baking early; plan multiple uses of your oven; enlist help for setting the table or setting up a casual buffet.
Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.