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Sifted: Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust, Winter Squash Empanadas + More

Brown Butter Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust

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Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Pear Tart

Gluten-Free Pear Tart

AKA Nothing Com-pears to You

Pears are the unsung heroes of fall. Everyone at the farmers market last weekend was all, “Oooohhh, apples this and apples that.” Fine. Let ‘em try and outdo each other with “Honeycrisp is better than Jonagold, but for baking it’s all about Mutsu.” That keeps them away from the best fruit of the season: pears. You know I’m right. And I want them all for myself.

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Sweet Potato Casserole Pie with Marshmallow Praline Topping

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.


Southerners love to over-sugar their sweet potatoes, making most recipes resemble a dessert rather than a side dish. And although I was raised on a saccharine sweet potato casserole piled high with toasted marshmallows (and still swear by the beloved tradition), it seems jet-puffed sweet potatoes are falling out of favor for recipes with a more “refined” profile. So why not embrace sweet potato casserole’s sugary roots and consider serving it alongside your dessert spread? After all, the only thing missing from the candied casserole is a flaky buttered crust. This delicious twist on the classic is the perfect way to get your holiday sweet potato fix and put all of those marshmallow haters to shame.

This pie stems from numerous experiments based off my heirloom family recipe — just a few tweaks here and a few changes there — to create the ultimate sweet potato casserole-as-pie. I always roast my sweet potatoes (as opposed to boiling) to intensify their flavors and allow natural caramel undertones to shine through. Instead of my usual heavy cream, however, I added sweetened condensed milk and doubled the number of eggs, resulting in a velvety-smooth texture more suitable for a pie. And while lots of sweet potato pie recipes call for a bevy of overwhelming spices, I find they mask the true character of the simple Southern dish. A splash of spiced rum and some vanilla bean paste are just enough to add complexity without concealing the subtle sweet potato flavor.

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie: Which Squash Squashes the Competition?

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Are you feeling pumpkin-ed out? We are fully entrenched in pumpkin season, with the pumpkin-centric holiday of Thanksgiving just around the corner and toothy jack-o’-lanterns still grinning devilishly from neighborhood doorsteps and windows. But a few weeks ago, before we slid too far down the rabbit hole of pumpkin lattes, cheesecakes and gnocchi, and with Thanksgiving dessert preparations on the brain, the Cooking Channel editorial and culinary teams began debating one very serious and simple question: Which pumpkin, or other kind of squash, makes the best pumpkin pie?

To find this important answer, we decided to set up a near-scientific experiment. We roasted various squash varieties, pureed their innards and baked them into the same pie recipe, comparing resulting pies for color, texture and flavor. We incorporated canned pumpkin and sweet potatoes into the test as experimental controls, since we generally knew what flavor and texture to expect from both. We tasted all of the purees as well as the final pies, focusing on the filling (since the pre-approved crust was the same for each).

To orient you in this taste test, we’ll tell you how the varieties of pumpkins and winter squash are related (pumpkins are a kind of winter squash — we’ll refer to them interchangeably in this test). There are three major families within that group:

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Quick Thanksgiving Recipes for Last-Minute Preparation


Whether you’ve planned for weeks or are scrambling to put together a feast for dozens, Thanksgiving has a way of sneaking up on you. Sure, your pie shells have been pre-baked and you’ve frozen that soup for easy reheating, but it’s the last-minute juggling of kitchen (namely oven) real estate that sends every host into a tizzy. That’s why we’ve pulled together our easiest, low-maintenance and quickest recipes for last-minute preparation.

When guests arrive, you’ll want to offer them some small bites to keep them sated without spoiling their appetites. The simplest guest-ready spread you can provide is a cheese plate, with varieties labeled and organized thoughtfully. Kelsey Nixon shows you how to put one together quickly.

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Oh, Pie Goodness! Pumpkin Pie vs. Apple Pie

Thanksgiving Pie Throwdown: Apple Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie

When it comes to the Thanksgiving dessert table, there is one dessert it would not be complete without: pie. Fortunately, we have incredible pie recipes to finish your Thanksgiving feast with a “Wow!”

This time of year, the choice is almost always a difficult one between apple and pumpkin. Before the debate reaches a fever pitch, we’ve decided to settle this dispute of seasonal sweets once and for all by pitting the competition against each other.

WHO WILL BE CROWNED THE BEST PIE OF THANKSGIVING (BPOTG):

PUMPKIN PIE or APPLE PIE?

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Everything You Need to Ace Thanksgiving

The countdown has begun: Thanksgiving is officially two weeks away. If the thought of the impending feast has you freaked out — fret not — we have a week-by-week, day-by-day countdown guide, plus all the recipes, cooking how-tos, decorating ideas and entertaining tips you’ll need to be the consummate holiday host. So take a deep breath and get started with these six tasks; you’ll be sitting as pretty as pumpkin pie come Thanksgiving week.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Crunch and Amaretto Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

I adore pumpkin. Its bright orange shell is such a relief, during a season when the grey of winter is settling in. But my love of pumpkin goes beyond its brilliant color. Its luscious texture and earthy sweetness make it perfect for baking all kinds of desserts: pumpkin creme brulee, classic pie, breads and cheesecake. When pumpkin is pureed smooth, it has a custard-like texture, so it lends itself beautifully to this silky cheesecake. For a nice contrast to cheesecake, add candied almond crunch and a dollop of Amaretto whipped cream.

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Thanksgiving: The Final Countdown


Whether you’ve been planning the feast for weeks or have been roped into hosting at the last minute, the final 24 hours of preparation are crucial towards a successful (and relaxed!) Thanksgiving meal. If you’re stumped by cooking techniques or simply staring at a pile of ingredients, Cooking Channel is here to simplify your final countdown. We’ve got last-minute turkey tips (brining blues? carving questions?), recipes for sensational side dishes, and of course, the perfect pies to round out your dessert buffet.

It Begins With the Brine
Infusing your bird with moisture and varied flavors is as simple as soaking it for 6 to 10 hours in a brine. Get Alton Brown’s simple brine recipe and watch his video on how to brine. (Don’t have some of the spices Alton uses? No problem — the salted, sugared water will make a huge difference.)

Top Turkey Recipes
Take your turkey to the next level with brines that incorporate fragrant herbs or by topping it with cured meats.
Bay and Lemon Brined Turkey 
Tyler’s Maple-Roasted Turkey with Smoked Bacon
Nigella’s Spiced and Super-Juicy Roast Turkey
Aida’s Apple and Sage Turkey

Visit our turkey central to get more great tips and recipes, including a step-by-step guide on how to carve the turkey and more videos demonstrating turkey cooking techniques.

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A New Thanksgiving Favorite: Kelsey’s Apple Bread Pudding

Kelsey Nixon's Apple Bread Pudding Recipe for Thanksgiving

Move over, Pumpkin Pie. There’s a new Thanksgiving dessert that’s sure to be a holiday hit. Kelsey Nixon’s recipe for warm, out-of-the-oven bread pudding is studded with apples and pecans, topped with caramel sauce and paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s absolute dessert perfection. Just make sure to save room for it.

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