Beef & Guinness Hand Pies

Beef & Guinness Hand Pies

I never knew how diverse hand pies could be until I started looking around for them. Turns out hand pies can be made savory or sweet, depending on what you fancy. In theory, you could have hand pies for dinner AND dessert if you so desired. You can definitely get creative with these recipes, but hopefully not as creative as Sweeney Todd (sorry). These are actually a lot of fun to make though they are a bit labor intensive. Probably best for a weekend project since it will take you a couple hours assembling the dough and pies together. The process of making the filling made the kitchen smell amazing and after this I resolved to start cooking with Guinness more often! The alcohol burns off and what you’re left with is a wonderful flavor from the Guinness. The filling is also flavored with Worcestershire, thyme and aged white cheddar. The outside of the crust is made with pastry dough which gets nice and flaky after baking.
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Pumpkin Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust

Pumpkin Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust

I love pumpkin pie and it has been a must for me to make every year for the holidays. Usually I make it with an all butter crust but this year I went with something that adds a bit of texture. The graham cracker allows for a crunchier crust and I would say it compliments the pumpkin pie filling nicely. The filling is deliciously spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger and cloves. Make sure to whip up a batch of fresh whipped cream for topping and serve with vanilla ice cream.
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Lemon Meringue Pie with A Graham Cracker Crust

Lemon Meringue Pie is a great option for a lighter dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  Lemon Meringue Pie is a two layer pie of lemony filling and light whipped meringue.  It is a perfect balance of tart and sweet.  The flavors definitely awaken the taste buds after a heavy holiday meal.  I had never made Lemon Meringue pie but I had made meringue cookies before so I was familiar with half of the equation of this pie.  The process of making the filling was also very similar to making vanilla custard for Vanilla Custard Pie.  I had never tried this pie before so I did not know what to expect.  I loved the tartness of the pie along with the fluffy, almost caramelized texture of the meringue.

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Pumpkin Pie

You just can’t get any more classic than a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. I had never made pumpkin pie before but I was very happy with the results. The pie was so flavorful and the texture was nice and smooth. The crust was good and a little bit flaky. The recipe wasn’t too difficult to follow either. I topped the slice with a little fresh whipped cream.

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