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Pies & Coffee

 Pies & Coffee via The Baker Chick

Thanksgiving is really really almost here. And I have something for all you Procrasti-bakers- (like me, who still doesn’t have her pie menu set in stone)- a quick roundup of lots of Pie-Inspiration for Turkey Day. You all know how much I love pies so a quick recap is in order.

Now if you give a girl a slice of pie, she’s likely going to want  a cup of coffee to go with it. As much as morning coffee is essential, I sure do enjoy an unsweetened coffee with dessert. The sweet flavors seem so much better and almost enhanced by the bitter coffee flavor. Andy is also a coffee guy, but he likes his coffee super strong an I prefer mine weaker with lots of cream. (no sugar.) Pies & Coffee via The Baker Chick


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Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie

 Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie via The Baker Chick

I like my pumpkin pie with cracks. Is that weird? I like it to look homemade, a little rustic, and I don’t know… homey? I thought about covering them up with some pie crust leaves or something, but decided to keep it real. I also want you to know its ok if your pie has cracks- I really do love it!

Anyway, this is the final new recipe I have for you to help with your Thanksgiving inspiration. I know it’s a classic, and maybe you’re in the camp that just uses the recipe from the Libby’s can, but maybe I can convince you to give this great recipe a try. It’s nothing too crazy different, but an extra step, some extra spice, and the use of brown sugar make a truly perfect pie. Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie via The Baker Chick


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Scalloped Hasselbeck Sweet Potatoes

 Scalloped Hasselbeck Sweet Potatoes via The Baker Chick

Its quite possible you have all your Thanksgiving menus set in stone, but in case you don’t, I’m trying to squeeze a couple more in! This one cannot be missed because it’s just too good. Now, I have to admit that normally I’m not a huge sweet potato fan. I like my savory things to be mostly salty and then I like my sweet for dessert. I’m really not too fond of the traditional marshmallow, brown sugar pairing and I’ve just never found a sweet potato side that I was head over heels in love with…. Scalloped Hasselbeck Sweet Potatoes via The Baker Chick


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Blackberry Cranberry Crisp Pie

 Blackberry Cranberry Crisp Pie via The Baker Chick

So remember when I told you I want to open a pie shop someday? I seriously dream about it all the time. In fact right before starting this post I decided I wanted to be referred to as “Pie Girl” and quickly went to check if the domain was free. It wasn’t, so I tried “The Pie Girl” and instead found myself on a page with photos of girls after getting a pie to the face. (Lots of tears and whipped cream.) It was pretty funny, but left me over that idea and back to the fantasy drawing board. Blackberry Cranberry Crisp Pie via The Baker Chick


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Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon

 Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon via The Baker Chick

To me, Thanksgiving dinner is all about the sides. Ooh I can’t get enough. Truth be told I don’t care much about the Turkey. I eat and enjoy it, but if it were missing and instead I just had a plate full of sides I’d be a happy camper. Anyone with me?

There are classics like Mashed Potatoes and Great Grandma’s Stuffing which are non negotiable, but I also love a slew of new sides that rotate every year like Creamed Spinach, Pumpkin Mac & Cheese and Roasted Brussells Sprouts. And then there is this delicious dish. Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon via The Baker Chick


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Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

 Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie via The Baker Chick

Are you ready for some Thanksgiving inspiration?? I am officially kicking on Thanksgiving week over here starting with the first of 3 pie recipes you’ll get between now and T-day. In store for you is a pumpkin pie, a delicious fruity one, and this chocolate, banana, peanut butter perfection.

I love a classic no nonsense Banana Cream Pie, but thought jazzing it up with some chocolate and peanut butter wouldn’t hurt anyone, (and man was I right!) Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie via The Baker Chick