Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Bake-a-Thon Chez QG

 Portia, Babs and I conducted a Sunday afternoon Thanksgiving Bake-a-Thon at our house yesterday. 

The stated purpose was to get pies ready for Turkey Day when we expect 16 guests--both family and friends--to join us for dinner and the UT-A&M game.

 The QG family are UT fans but will be vastly outnumbered by the Aggies in the group and this looks like the Aggies' year, too. Oh, well!

We baked pumpkin and Heath pecan pies (that's pecan pies with Heath toffee bits and chocolate chips), shown above. Photo from my IPhone is not so good, but you get the idea. I still have two pie crusts in the refrigerator for 2 plain pecan pies which I can easily do tomorrow or Wednesday. Some people just have to go with tradition!

We also got a head start on Christmas baking by trying out a couple of new recipes--just to see if they are worthy. That's our story and we're sticking to it.

Here are the scrumptious cookies Portia baked--a shortbread type cookie layered with apricot jam and topped with chocolate ganache, from the latest Martha Stewart Holiday cookie magazine. We agreed it was fiddly, but tasty and worthy or special occasions like Christmas.

 I had a recipe from Ina Garten for a cranberry-apple cake that I wanted to try. We thought it would be more cobblerish than cakey, but were wrong. Babs whipped up some orange-flavored whipped cream to top it with and it was a huge hit! So expect to see this one repeated Christmas.

What's cooking at your house? Are you planning to try something new for Thanksgiving Day or stick to the tried-at-true favorites?


stinuksuk said...

Since I'm not hosting Thanksgiving this year - I will miss all the traditional favorites.
However, I am making our family's traditional Pumpkin Mousse Dessert. It's no bake and put in fridge. Pretty simple, pumpkiny but light and not so dense and filling as true pumpkin pie.
Maybe I'll have to post the recipe sometime.
Looks like y'all had a great time!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Averill said...

I can now report that those cookies are EVEN BETTER the next day! (Which makes them even better for parties/events as you can do a day or two ahead!) The cookie gets softer, the jam and ganache firm up...perfection.