Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Thanksgiving Twofer Pie

side view of twofer pie

[recipe here]

This week's TWD recipe is the perfect Thanksgiving compromise: pie with a pecan pie top half and a pumpkin pie bottom half. Vibi of La casserole carrĂ©e chose this recipe — thanks, Vibi, for picking a great one!!

top view of twofer pie

We were allowed to post this one late if we made it for Thanksgiving, but since I'm traveling down to my parents' house this year, I wanted to finish it early. Well, that didn't exactly happen, because I was knocked out with the flu most of last week :( I had to hustle on Sunday and Monday night to complete it in time.

pie with bite on fork

Even though it's not the best-looking dessert I've made, it was seriously delicious!! I went out on a limb and substituted white chocolate pieces for the pecans. I was anticipating some sort of melty disaster because of this, but the discs held together and tasted great.

I prepped the crust a day ahead, putting it into the pie pan and wrapping it for an overnight chill.

pie crust just out of fridge

The crust is ready for par-baking with parchment and pie weights.

pie weights in crust

In retrospect, I should have used my other pie dish, because this one has no lip and the crust just shrank down the sides during the par-bake :( Lesson learned! I guess this dish will be for double-crusted pies in the future... or maybe I just need to roll a thicker crust!

pie crust after par-bake

My counter, all set up for the filling while the crust is in the oven. Um, excuse the mess... at least I totally separated the pumpkin and the pecan ingredients.

kitchen workspace

Pumpkin stuff and pecan stuff...

pumpkin stuff pecan stuff

I used an immersion blender for the pumpkin half because, seriously, I wasn't about to clean the food processor twice for one recipe.

pumpkin stuff pecan stuff

Finally, pie assembly time! First the pumpkin, then the white chocolate discs, then the sugary, gooey topping.

pumpkin filling in pie white chocolate discs
syrupy topping to finish it off

The pie just out of the oven was super puffy and smelled delicious! It sank down later to become its gooey, sweet, caramelized-top finished self.

pie just out of the oven

This was a really delicious, gooey pie. The white chocolate ended up being a pretty subtle, but delicious, touch. The moisture just kind of oozed into the crust, so it wasn't really flaky at all — I guess I will use just a butter crust next time instead of adding the shortening, because the shortening didn't really do much. I ate it warm, but I'm definitely going to try another piece tomorrow after it chills... hm, maybe for breakfast ;) Thanks again, Vibi, for a great pick! Go and check out everyone else in the blogroll to see their creations.

pie on bamboo tablecloth with espresso

And to everyone who celebrates, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a gorgeous pie! Really scrumptious!

Happy Thanksgiving!



VeggieGirl said...

Perfect compromise, indeed!! :-)

vibi said...

WOW! That must have been crazy delicious with white chocolate disks!
I'm glad it turned out like it did, as you say... not so pretty (although you know how to make everything look sooooo pretty!) but OH! so tasty!
Thank you so much Kim, for participating with me this week!
A happy Thanksgiving to you!

Engineer Baker said...

Whoa, white chocolate? Not my cup of tea, but I'm glad you liked it. I'll take my pecans any day :)

Rachel said...

Oh wow the white chocolate sounds delish! And your photos are beautiful as always!

Anonymous said...

Sweet idea. I'm glad it turned out well!

AmyRuth said...

Umm, starving here for pie. Looks delicious! I like the white chocolate twist on the pecan option. Good to know it works. I am waiting for Thanksgiving for mine. Yummo can't wait for the desserts. That's all I want. he he Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Your pie looks great! The white chocolate didn't make it too sweet? I'm glad you liked it.

Marthe said...

The pie looks delicious!! I can't wait to ty mine....

Kayte said...

Your slice of pie looks like mine looked (well except I used pecans) so I am breathing a sigh of relief as I was thinking it looked a little messy or sloppy or something...apparently that is how it is supposed to look...I don't know, I was thinking more in line of it looking like those slices of pumpkin pie in magazines with a few pecan sprinkled on top and it just wasn't looking like that...BUT OH THE TASTE IS DELICIOUS! Yours looks great...love your post and photos!

Tammy said...

wow! that looks fabulous!

Di said...

Mmm, pie for breakfast. Sounds good to me! I wouldn't have thought to try white chocolate in place of the pecans--I'd be afraid it would make it way too sweet.

Heather B said...

oh yum! I love the idea of white chocolate with the pumpkin! Great job!

Pamela said...

Looks delicious and I hope you try it for breakfast! It's got a little bit of everything in there, right? It can't be bad. :o) Thanks for the tip on the shrinkage. I guess I know which pie dish I will be using. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

your photos are lovely-what a delicious looking pie! nice job! have a wonderful thanksgiving :)

CB said...

You poor thing suffering from the flu! Props for baking your pie while under the influence of Nyquil. Love love love the white chocolate disks. Don't listen to those white chocolate haters. They do not know what they are missing! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

The Food Librarian said...

Looks beautiful! Love the addition of the white chocolate discs. Glad you are feeling better in time for the holidays. I'm making my pie tomorrow and hope it turns out as pretty as yours. Happy Thanksgiving!

kim said...

Thanks everyone!! :) Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving too.

@pinkstripes & @Di, I didn't think it was too sweet, but I'm sure some people would feel that way. I am just catering to this household's hatred of nuts ;)

@CB, lol, I would use white chocolate again in a heartbeat ;) Regular chocolate too... I bet that would be tasty!

Passionate Baker said...

your pie looks sooo good!
happy thanksgiving!

Carol Peterman said...

White chocolate with pumpkin sounds really good and I am glad it wasn't too sweet with the pecan pie filling. Try a butter/shortening crust in a pie that doesn't soak the crust before giving up on it. I think it makes a much nicer crust, and actually I have gone one step further and use lard in all my pie crusts.

Natashya said...

The white chocolate is a nice touch, the pie looks really good.

PheMom said...

That white chocolate idea is crazy good! Very cool that it worked. I hope you are feeling 110% better by tomorrow for the holiday!

Anonymous said...

Your slice looks delicious! I love the addition of the white chocolate. I hope you are feeling better. Happy Thanksgiving!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

mmmm--sounds good! pie is a great breakfast--perfectly acceptable! happy thanksgiving!

Jaime said...

wow, i was wondering what those white choc chips were...thought they were apples initially. nice job.

happy thanksgiving!

n.o.e said...

I'll bet the white chocolate was better than my pecans, which somehow got soft in the pie. Yours looks good, and I'm glad it was a hit. I'll post mine tomorrow.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your pie looks wonderful!

Carla said...

I'm sitting here going, where are your pecans? Did you have a TwD mishap? Then I read you used white chocolate instead. Yup, I read pictures before I read words. Great job!

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