November Monthly Mouthful

We had a lot of fun with this Monthly Mouthful! With the holiday season approaching, tasty pies like apple or pumpkin have a way of stealing our hearts and serenading our taste buds. From pecan to butternut squash, there are just so many kinds of pie that make their way onto the holiday table! But this year we were cruel and asked our favorite food bloggers: “If you had to limit yourself to eating just ONE kind of pie this holiday season, which would it be?

And no, this was not an easy question. Many bloggers had a hard time picking just one while other bloggers cheated in my opinion and merged two kind of pies into one ;) But overall, I think everyone was just thankful this was only the Monthly Mouthful and not real life! (Luckily you can still make as many pie recipes as you wish!)

Scroll down for the responses and our fancy “pie” chart! :)

Andrea from Andrea’s Recipes:

A few years ago my husband convinced me to make a mincemeat pie. My experience with mincemeat had been with canned mincemeat or the traditional meat pie soaked in alcohol, and neither was something I liked. So we agreed to set some ground rules and I began researching minced fruit pies. We fell in love with the pie when it was made and I’ve made this pie every Christmas since. We have even made dessert pizza using this pie filling as a topping, and it was a big hit.

Jessie from Cakespy:

I would choose the Bourbon Pecan Pie, which is a specialty at one of our great Northwest bakeries, Grand Central Baking. This pie is perfect. The sweet, caramel-y taste of the pecan filling is beautifully matched and enhanced with fiery bourbon which bites back just a little bit when you eat it. It’s delicious, warm, and completely decadent.

Dan from Casual Kitchen:

That’s an easy one. Apple. And it has to be made with Macintosh apples–that complex and tangy breed of apple that make a pie really sing out without making it too over-the-top sweet. I could eat this pie every day for the entire holiday season and I’d still ask for more! Here’s our homemade apple pie recipe that’s done us right for more than a decade.

Ruth from Once Upon A Feast:

This time of year it’s probably my Dark Chocolate & Candied Orange Tart (my own creation) or the Normandy Apple Tart from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home To Yours.

We included the apple tart as an apple pie in the graphic!

Lydia from The Perfect Pantry:

Apple pie is, for me, the one and only true pie. It has to be just a little bit warm, and the filling has to be just a little bit runny so that it soaks the bottom crust (which is the best part). I didn’t learn to make pie until I was in my 30s, because my family was not a pie family. Apple pie was the first kind I learned to make. Ironically, I live in a part of Rhode Island called Apple Valley, because it was once all orchard land. I’ve posted my favorite old-fashioned apple pie recipe, made with — gasp! — storebought crust.

Anne-Marie from This Mama Cooks:

A family saying of ours is “Everyone loves pie.” But if you knew my family, you’d soon see that we all have different ideas of the ideal pie. My kids love fruit pies. I love key lime pie. And my husband, while he prefers cream pies, hasn’t met a pie he didn’t like.

When it comes to the holiday season, we have to have pumpkin pie, of course, and over the years the kids have learned to tolerate it because all the adults insist on having it. However, I wish I could serve a pecan pie too, but due to my daughter’s nut allergies, I can’t. So if I had to limit myself to eating just ONE kind of pie this holiday season, just for me I’d choose this Pecan Pumpkin Pie since it’s the best of my two holiday favorites.

Christie from Fig and Cherry:

I’ve never celebrated Thanksgiving before as I live in Australia. This year I’ll be in San Fransisco so I’m very excited about it! Being an Aussie, my favourite type of pie is meat with tomato sauce. Although I’ve made good pork and apricot pies before. I’m really looking forward to eating pumpkin and pecan pies in America. Anyone want to invite me around? :)

Enjoy Thanksgiving Christie! – Hillary

Karen from The Rambling Spoon:

To be honest, I’m not a big pie person. Even before I discovered my gluten issue, I preferred cake or cookies. However, I’ve just posted about a scrumptious pumpkin custard, Thai style. The custard is flavored with pandanus, then stuffed inside the pumpkins and steamed over a charcoal grill. Sounds festive, no?

If custard isn’t your thing, let me point you toward Karina’s Kitchen for the most fabulous flourless chocolate cake recipe I’ve ever encountered. Beats holiday pie anytime.

Annie from Annie’s Eats:

If I had to limit myself to just one kind of pie this holiday season (though please, please don’t make me!) it would have to be the caramel apple cheesecake pie I just discovered recently. I think this is the perfect choice because it is a kind of hybrid of apple pie, cheesecake and pecan pie all rolled into one phenomenal dessert. That way, I don’t really have to make a decision and can enjoy all three at once!

Caroline from Whipped:

Since my plate is almost always filled with “a sliver of each,” this is a difficult question for me! But, I suppose if I could truly choose just one, it would be pumpkin pie with pecan crumble topping. I have not settled on my own favorite/perfect recipe enough to post one. If someone has a suggestion… please share!

Caroline , check out this Pecan Glazed Pumpkin Pie or some of the recipes in this post!  – Hillary :)

AJ from The Disney Food Blog:

In college in western Pennsylvania, we frequented a restaurant called Rachel’s Roadhouse and gorged ourselves on home-made soft pretzels with cheese and the most delicious, fluffy, oatmeal-y peanut butter pie I’ve ever eaten (to this day). This pie was about a mile high, sitting atop a crumbly, sweet oatmeal crust. It was dripping with home-made whipped cream and chocolate sauce. The filling was fluffy, but had enough heft to let you know that your hips were going to regret this later!

I could eat that pie every day of my life. And, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go book a flight to Pittsburgh!

Jason from Food Geekery:

If I had to limit myself to one pie, I’d probably cheat and layer two pies together: Pumpkin and Pecan. Think it can’t be done? Think again! Pumpkin-Pecan Pie w/ Whiskey Butter Sauce is one of my favorite pie recipes and I suggest you try it. Something I like to do is replace the “bourbon whiskey” with “Wild Turkey American Honey Liqueur,” a liqueur made from whiskey and honey.

Shaw Girl from Adventures in Shaw:

Being from the South, no holiday was complete without a sweet potato pie. My grandmother made an amazing version with a pecan topping. My grandmother’s best friend had pecan trees on his land in Valdosta, so she always got her pecans from him. I remember as a child picking pecans with the family for our Thanksgiving dessert. So for me, this sweet potato pie isn’t just about taste; it’s about bringing back fond childhood memories.

Andrea from LA Easy Meals:

If I could only eat one pie this season, it would be pumpkin pie. The warm pumpkin filling with the flaky crust is irresistible for the holidays. I like to lighten up the pumpkin filling by using half brown sugar and half sugar substitute. Then I add pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and nutmeg to the pumpkin puree. Fill up a pastry crust with the delicious filling and bake in a 400 degree oven. Licking allowed! Here is a recipe for another healthy pumpkin treat: Pumpkin Walnut Bars. These little bites of heaven are so guiltless that you might want to eat the entire batch!

Ryan from Cajun Chef Ryan:

If I were to limit myself to just ONE kind of pie this holiday season it would be…Lemon Meringue Pie.

Alana from Kitchen Parade:

Apple, of course!! I baked my first Thanksgiving pies at age 16 — and still remember that my Uncle Marv raved and raved and raved. Who wouldn’t keep making pies with that kind of attention? Then a few years ago, I lost my pastry moxie. I tried one technique and one recipe after another, consistently putting out tough and tasteless crusts. But then — I consulted someone I now call The Pastry Whisperer, I rediscovered my inner pastry chef and now the recipe and tips and techniques teach others!

Flaky Tender Pie Crust

Pie Tips & Photo Illustrations

Amber from Eat Your Veggies:

Only one kind of pie this holiday season?? That’s an easy choice for me. This holiday season it would definitely be pumpkin pie. I just discovered a couple years ago that I actually like pumpkin pie, and now its one of the reasons I look forward to the holidays. I’ve been craving pumpkin pie since July! However, in central Mexico its hard enough to find pumpkins after October, and there is definitely no way you would ever find a can of pumpkin pie filling. In early October I bought a small pumpkin and made a puree and froze it. But there are so many pumpkin recipes that I’ve been trying, that my few precious cups of puree are disappearing. Luckily, my boyfriend left for a business trip to Houston this morning and I printed him a list of some foods I wanted him to bring back: lemon juice, cherry poptarts, crunchy peanut butter….and at the very top in big, bold letters…2 cans of libby’s 100 % pumpkin.

DK from Chef In You:

With so many health issues bombarding us from all sides, we start feeling guilty eating traditional foods which we grew up with. And I know many who eat like a minuscule amount and don’t really get into the spirit of the holiday season. So how can we have the pie and eat it too? Simple. Add nutrition and lower fat to our best loved holiday recipes which not only taste great but help to keep our body and soul uplifted. What else represents the holiday mood than Pumpkin Pie? And my wholegrain Pumpkin Pie is the answer :)

And now for the breakdown of everyone’s answers….

How could we not make a pie chart when the theme is pie?


Notes: All pumpkin pecan pies were included in the pumpkin category, and all pies that contained apple were included in the apple category.

As always, thanks to everyone who participated! If you were not contacted for this month’s Monthly Mouthful and would like to be included in future Monthly Mouthfuls, please e-mail us at chewonthatblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

Post your own favorite pies in the comments section below!

To see a list of all Monthly Mouthful questions, click here.

More Pie Recipes:
Pumpkin Pie with Dark Chocolate Frosting
Lemon Pie
Apple Pie
Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Mousse Pie
Pecan Glazed Pumpkin Pie
Fudge Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
Pumpkin Ginger Pie With Golden Marshmallow Topping
Sweet Potato Pie With Gingersnap Streusel

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  • Ruth

    Wow! Now I know where to come when hunting for a pie…definitely worthy of a bookmark. Thanks for putting this all together.

  • Daniel

    How pefectly fitting that you graphed our pie preferences in a pie chart! Thanks so much for the laugh and for sharing these monthly mouthfuls. Keep it going!

    Casual Kitchen

  • Andrea Meyers

    Love the pie chart, how appropriate! This is a great compilation of holiday pies, thanks for writing it.

  • Winnie

    Alas, I did not get my favorite pie into the monthly mouthful as I missed the deadline, but I’m in the pumpkin pie camp, as well!

  • lockerz invite

    Apple pie is my ALL time favorite!

  • Edeth

    Wow, that’s a great compilation of pies! I had a piece of pecan, apple, and pumpkin over my days of feasting!

  • Heather

    Originally I would have answered this question quite typically and said “My mom’s apple pie”, but then I went vegetarian and realized that a pound of lard to make a truly delicious crust, and crunchy topping may not fit into my new found moral standing. And so, in comes the RASPBERRY PIE! I have to admit, I had never eaten a raspberry pie, until I met my now husband who swears they are the ultimate pie. I may not go as far as to say they top certain unfriendly animal filled versions, but what I will say is that this type is an excellent substitute. In regards to the pie itself, I am a fan of the tapioca filled ones, versus the straight raspberry and sugar versions. I think my husband would approve of that statement. Here is a recipe I use often:

  • casey Angelova

    I have grown quite fond of Coconut Custard Pie. My Aunt Jeanie’s recipe has be come a family favorite.

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  • Virginia

    Apple pie is always my favorite. My daughter thinks it is the best she ever tasted and I don’t combine anything except three different apples.

  • http://AOL Donna Christy

    I would like to request that you add calories (per serving or total calories in each dish) to the recipies. Those of us who count our calories would find this very helpful.

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