Tuesday, November 29, 2011

{TWD} Normandy Apple Tart and Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie

 Last week was kind of crazy around these parts. It was a rewind week so I made a Swedish Visiting Cake...actually I have made that cake probably 50 times since we posted about it before. It is fast and easy and my students love it!

This summer we did a ton of travelling so we ended up staying in town and going over to Mark and Melissa's house for Thanksgiving dinner. I was in charge of the pies and cranberry sauce.  As luck would have it Judy of Judy's Gross Eats chose Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie and Tracey of Tracey's Culinary Adventures chose Normandy Apple Tart. Perfect recipes for Thanksgiving dinner. If you have not seen these ladies blogs (and I meant to say this about Leslie and Jessica's as well) make sure to stop by and drool over the recipes and photos on their pages!

 The apple tart had a couple of steps. One was making apple sauce that you were supposed to put through a food mill...I do not have a food mill so I tried to press it through a strainer that was too fine and then ended up pressing it through my plastic colander. It all worked out and turned out just right. I didn't add extra sugar to it because Dorie said traditionally this tart is not all that sweet. I was a bit disconcerted when I pulled the tart out of the oven and it looked charred to me. I was heartened to go back and read that it was supposed to look like that...maybe not quite as dark as mine turned out but still kind of burnt.

My poor Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie obviously had issues. My crust cracked....maybe from not baking with pie weights (I am hoping Santa will bring me some), maybe it wasn't cold enough... I don't know. It seemed to shrink a bit. Then the inside cracked....did I bake it too long? I don't know and I actually don't even know how this tasted because I really don't like pumpkin pie. Everyone else did though and now there is none left.

 My husband LOVES Marie Callendars Chocolate Satin Pie and I try to buy it when it is on sale. However, a few months ago I decided to try the Betty Crocker version. He said he like it better than the Chocolate Satin. Win!! :) So, I decided to add this pie to the mix for Thanksgiving. I did make two alterations to it though. I made an Oreo crust for it instead of a regular crust and I poured a thin layer of peanut butter on the crust before adding the chocolate. Bobby thought it turned out great!

Overall I think the pies were a success and I was thrilled to see them eaten and enjoyed. The best part though was spending time with our friends! :)


  1. the apple arrangement is so pretty!

  2. Thanks for baking with me Karen - your tart looks perfect to me! I found that the top ring of apples cooked so much faster than the bottom, next time I might try to put the thicker slices up there.

    As for the pumpkin pie, I didn't get a chance to bake it this week, but I have read that overcooking will lead to cracks. It happened to me when I made a butternut squash pie last fall. I always struggle with baking time on these desserts!

  3. I think the fact that everyone loved your pies is the proof of the pudding. My larger pumpkin pie cracked too - no worries. The chocolate silk pie looks delectable.

  4. wow, they all look so beautiful! Can you send me an email at spikethebaker@gmail.com? I have some TWD info for you

  5. Beautiful job...those all look just gorgeous. I think the crack is pretty, I know in a quick bread, a crack is good, so who's to say it isn't in a pie like this...it looks wonderful to me.