Somebody's Mother's Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

Somebody's Mother's Mother's
Pie Crust


  • 1-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbs ice water

Sift the flour with the salt into a bowl.

With a pastry blender or the fingertips, blend the butter into the flour and salt mixture. Stir in the egg yolk and water.

Form the pastry into a ball. Wrap it in wax paper and chill for two hours. Knead the pastry for one minute or until it holds together.

Roll on lightly floured board and fit the pastry into 9" pie plate. You will have enough to use for stripping.

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Pumpkin Pie with
White Chocolate Whipped Cream

Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce - Pumpkin Pie

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Ingredients - Pie:

  • 1 Somebody's Mother's Mother's Pie Crust
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin puree

Ingredients - White Chocolate Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup Somebody's Mother's White Chocolate Sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and salt and whisk well to blend evenly. Whisk in cream, brown sugar and granulated sugar.

Strain the mixture through a strainer into a medium saucepan, pressing on the strainer with a spatula to push through any lumps of brown sugar.

Add the pumpkin puree and whisk until the custard mixture is thoroughly blended.

Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly and scraping all over the bottom of the pan to prevent the eggs from scrambling (about 7 minutes), until the mixture feels slightly thickened. Remove from heat.

Scrape the hot custard into the pie shell and bake for 30-40 minutes, until the custard is set (looks firm). Transfer the pie to a rack to cool completely (about 2 hours).

Meanwhile, place 1 cup whipping cream into an electric mixer. Mix until whipped. Fold the whipped cream into 1/2 cup of white chocolate sauce. Refrigerate.

Once the pie is cool, top the pie generously with the white chocolate whipped cream.

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Somebody's Mother's Mother's
Apple Pie

Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce - Apple Pie

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  • 1 Somebody's Mother's Mother's Pie Crust
  • 6 cups thinly sliced apples (Granny Smith, Rome, Fuji, Macintosh & Winesap; we used Honeycrisp)
  • 1/4 cup Somebody's Mother's Caramel Sauce
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs cream
  • 1 stick butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Lightly brush the inside of an unbaked pie shell with the caramel sauce, then place the first seven ingredients, which have been mixed well together, on top. Dot with the stick of butter.

Then strip the pie in a lattice fashion. Around the edge of the pie, put a strip of foil, and bake for about 45-60 minutes. The last 15-20 minutes take off the foil and finish browning.

Spoon warm caramel sauce over the top of each slice of pie.

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce - Chocolate Pecan Pie

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  • 1 Somebody's Mother's Mother's Pie Crust
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 cups broken pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Brush the bottom of the pie shell generously with the chocolate sauce.

Cream the butter and brown sugar. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time.

Stir in the corn syrup, pecans, vanilla and salt.

Fill the shell. Bake the pie about 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the filling comes out clean. Serve warm or cold.

Spoon warm chocolate over each slice of pie.

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