One might think, given the title of my blog, that some kind of pie would have been obvious, this being a Major Pie-Eating Holiday. Well not this time, not this year. As I reflect, this is probably the first Thanksgiving in decades that I didn't make a pie.
So here goes the story: The local family who visit on Thanksgiving don't eat pie. The end.
Should I have made one all for myself? Just what I need, my favorite pie- pecan- being eaten by only me. Hubby loves pumpkin but he didn't want a pie all for himself either. Not a good way to start the holiday season- eating a whole pie.
So here's what happened instead...drumroll please.............
Ta-Da! Enter Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table and this week's French Fridays with Dorie cooking assignment: choose any recipe. After mulling over numerous possibilities I selected "Baked Apples Filled with Fruits and Nuts" from page 394. This became dessert for the two of us. The rest of the family got (at their request) "Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies" a la Martha Stewart. Tough crowd.
This recipe was a hit with me for several reasons. The first one is it can be considered quasi-healthy, right? Apples, dried fruits, chopped walnuts and honey make up most of the dish. Add in half a stick of butter, apple cider and a dollop of Creme Fraiche. Done! (Well, not that fast.) Second, I had dried fruits left over from making that recent lamb stew. Dried figs and golden raisins, namely, plus I added a few dried cherries I had on hand. Honestly, coring the apple and peeling half way down took most of the prep time. Baking time of almost an hour makes this not a quickie dessert, but you could pop them in prior to sitting down to dinner and that would make the wait time shorter.
I admit, my photos were rushed and didn't come out very flattering to the dish. It was delicious though! Trust me.