“Well I really want to make a pecan pie», Said my sister-in-law.
My mom, sister-in-law and I were discussing desserts to serve after Thanksgiving having dinner. My mother and I had been confident in our assumption that pumpkin pie was a given, so we were surprised by the sister-in-law’s statement.
Pecan pie? My mom and I looked at each other. “Of course, I mean, we’re a pretty small group this year; I don’t know if we’re going to eat two whole pies, but hey, we can do that… ”I reasoned, more to convince myself. Why would we need a pecan pie when we have pumpkin? Why would we serve another pie alongside the shining star of thanksgiving pies?
We bought the ingredients for both pies, although I was wary of black corn syrup; used pumpkin pie familiar ingredients, and now the pecan pie brought corn syrup in the equation! Both pies were done and after dinner I had a small slice of each. Well, it turns out (and it’s probably not a surprise to most people) that pecan pie is unbelievable! It was so good! It was creamy, it was crunchy; it was sweet, it was a little salty. It was so much better than I expected!
My sister-in-law’s family comes from South, and her family tradition was to always have a pecan pie on Thanksgiving. My tradition was to always have a pumpkin pie. So which pie is the top Thanksgiving pie?
It’s subjective! We’ll have to call this round a tie – I shouldn’t let my own personal inclinations decide which pie wins Thanksgiving. There are all kinds of traditions, so I shouldn’t consider mine to be the best just because it’s familiar. For example, my friend from Mississippi thinks sweet potato pie is the Thanksgiving pie. Even though it seems like a bunch of crazy nonsense to me, I respect its tradition, and really, I wouldn’t turn down a slice of sweet potato pie another day. If you’re so inclined to include a third pie in your own Thanksgiving cake, try our sweet potato pie recipe.
Let’s go back to our two suitors: pumpkin and pecan. Even if we update the portions of pumpkin pie story which refer to boiling pumpkin in milk, to fill pie crust with pumpkin and apple, or using a hollowed-out pumpkin instead of a crust, it looks like pumpkin pie in its most modern form appeared in the 1700s. The history of pecan pie reveals that its existence began later, in the early 1800s. Unless we’re playing by the “first is the worst” rules (rules that I refuse to obey!), Pumpkin Pie wins this round.
It’s good to eat healthy and it’s important to know the nutritional value of the foods you eat. It’s just… I don’t think Thanksgiving is about all that. Maybe it should be: more power for you if you’re creating a healthy menu for Thanksgiving dinner, or even exercising. minimal portion control. If so, you are amazing! But for my decision of which pie is the dessert option, I’m going to have to go for a big, bad pecan pie weighing in at 503 calories and 27 grams of fat per slice. Pumpkin pie has only 316 calories and 14 grams of fat, it’s almost a vegetable! And if you are will give in to the sweet temptation, you might as well try our chocolate and pecan pie recipe, which adds irresistible elements of bourbon and chocolate.
In “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” when this jerk botched her friends’ Thanksgiving dinner (what else new?), What pie does Peppermint Patty regret she misses? That’s right, pumpkin pie! It’s the quintessential Thanksgiving pie, at least according to Charlie Brown’s social circle, not a peek at pecans. And so, the pumpkin pie wins this one. To try our perfect pumpkin pie recipe to avoid a misstep like Charlie Brown’s.
Using these standard pie judgment categories, we released the pumpkin pie as the winning Thanksgiving pie. No hard feelings, however, pecan pie – you’re a stellar pie and standing, and anyone would be lucky to have a slice of you at the end of their Thanksgiving dinner. And (now listen to me) maybe the best way to reconcile this feud would be to marry these two stars, and cook this pumpkin pecan streusel pie recipe for your guests. Like that, everyone wins!
Or, let’s be real, more likely anybody wins, because we can all be quite stubborn about our favorite traditions. So I take it back: pumpkin pie it will be.