The only picture of the apple pie. Also, I can’t crimp so I don’t crimp.
This year I went a little overboard. All in all I made eight things for Thanksgiving. Yup, you read that right. EIGHT. And I would give myself a good 6 out of 8. Not bad if I do say so myself.
Every year I make pre meal appetizers. They are mostly sweet with a savory one slipped in for good measure. Usually I don’t get to make the main desserts. It is mostly because my family always has millions of people over and it is easier for the ones that don’t know what to bring to pick up a pie. Last year I was responsible for rolls and they turned out quite wonderful. I have made them again since but still never gotten around to blogging about them.
The bane of my existence on “baking day”.
Anyways, this year for some wonderful reason, I got to do the desserts! I made apple pie, pumpkin pie, and cheesecake (for my Aunt’s birthday) for the big “end of the meal” desserts. This was the first time using Joy the Baker’s recipe for apple pie and I liked it immensely. If you make the crust the day before, it is really not that much work. Also, macerating the apples allows you to put it aside and do other things. It is a very friendly recipe for Thanksgiving day baking. I usually make a Dutch apple with a pressed in crust. I also used Joy’s crust for the pumpkin pie. The recipe I use for the pumpkin pie I have used for a good 3 or 4 years now. I fall in love with it more and more every year. The same goes for the cheesecake. This year was probably my best cheesecake in awhile. I need to branch out more, though, with cheesecake flavors but my Aunt likes a big plain cheesecake. She will go for the berry topping that goes with it, though.
The recipe I use makes about one and 2/3 of a pumpkin pie so I always have one for me! Also, the only semblance of a picture of the cheesecake is the pan on the upper left that at that point only has the crust in it.
With all that fruit and cheese, something was missing. I could see my sister in the corner whining about not liking anything. Chocolate was in order. Now, while I would love to find the best chocolate cream pie recipe out there, time was of the essence as was ability. I have tried it before and failed (multiple times) so I thought I would go simpler. Nutella brownies and cheesecake brownie bites to the rescue! The Nutella brownies were OK but I think I over baked them. I made them mini sized and there was advice in the comments on the time to bake if making minis but I still think it was a bit too long. They looked beautiful though, especially with the chopped hazelnuts on top. The cheesecake brownie bites, however, came out better than anticipated and I made minis and about half a dozen cupcake sized brownies (which I put on the main dessert table) and all came out beautifully.
Just before going in the oven. Sadly no pictures of the finished ones and no pictures of the chocolate cheesecake brownies.
Onto the bread! First off, two days before Thanksgiving I made my crusts and another batch of Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Bread. That turned out to be a great decision because I now have a whole extra loaf in my freezer! My aunt couldn’t believe it was vegan. I also made a variation of my Ham and Cheese Pull Apart Party Bread. I basically cut them like you would a cinnamon roll and baked it in two 8 inch cake pans. Simple, easy, and yummy. My biggest baking fail came from my sourdough. First off, I just gotta say, this year’s starter is a VERY happy starter. Happy starters make me happy, SERIOUSLY. When I start mixing ingredients into the sponge and it is still bubbling at me saying hi with every turn of the spatula, I am one happy baker. Anyways, it was late. The sourdough was the last thing I made and it wasn’t going to be served on Thanksgiving but rather given to family that wanted some. I may have shut off the alarm on my phone instead of snoozing it. Also, the last thing my husband said to me was to make sure the oven was off (and it WAS, when he left and then I turned it back on). So the sourdough was baked a good 30 minutes or so longer than it should have been. There were no alarms or smoke, nothing happened (luckily) except I over baked it. I still gave them away but I don’t know if anybody ate them. I wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t. It still would’ve made great toast.
Pull Apart Party Bread
Today I don’t really have a GeekyLink just a little story. Today I went to our local comic book store to look for something specific for a Christmas gift*. I wrote down all the information I needed so I could get what I wanted or get it ordered if they didn’t have it. My husband wanted to come with me. He took our son so I could talk to the sales guy. I asked the guy questions. I answered some questions. I didn’t get what I wanted because it turns out it is exclusive to Midtown Comics and I’d have to order it from them. When we left, my husband asked me ” So you know all the lingo?” but what I heard was, “How much of a nerd ARE you?”
*I can’t say what it is before Christmas, duh!