All I made was: a green bean casserole, a loaf of bread (using my dutch oven) with honey butter, and an apple pie with hard sauce.
My mom and I ran out of regular pie pans, so my pie was in a square dish. Unconventional, cutting edge, and delicious. Or at least I thought so:)
But I pretty much always think I'm cutting edge. I just really think I'm cool….
What's hard sauce? Oh. My. Goodness. This way my first experience with it and I just about died! Every pie should have this on top. Period. Let's take a closer look…
But what I am sure of is it melts into your warm piece of pie-and it's divine.
More butter and sugar on top of pie? Yes, darling. If you are on a diet or have special dietary needs that prohibit you from consuming vast amounts of butter and sugar…well…I'm so sorry but this recipe just isn't for you.
Emma's Thanksgiving Apple Pie.
1 pie crust (I'm gonna share this recipe later this week).
For the filling: 3-4 large granny smith apples, 5 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons flour, 1/2 cream (I used half and half), 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar.
For the topping: 3 tablespoons butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts.
In a small bowl make the filling by combining the melted butter, flour, cream and sugars, set aside. Peel, core and thinly slice those apples, then coat them with the filling batter. Pour the coated apples into the uncooked pie crust. Combine the topping ingredients, this time leave the butter cold or room temperature. This will be a crumbly, coarse mixture. Pour it over top of the pie. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 F for 1 hour (remove the aluminum foil for the last 20 minutes).
Cream 1 stick of butter, slowly add in 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar and continue to cream. Then add 2-3 tablespoons hard liqueur (I used spiced rum, but whiskey or bourbon would be great too). Stir to combine. Then just let guest spoon the sauce right onto their warm slice of pie.
I first learned about this mythical hard sauce recipe here.
What was your greatest success story from Thanksgiving?