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A Passion for Baking
When it comes to perfect pecan pie, count your blessings

Isn’t that pecan pie on our cover gorgeous? It is my very own prize-winning pecan pie, fresh out of my publisher’s test kitchen and snapped up in a portrait of sweetness. It’s just a taste of what’s up ahead in my new cookbook, A Passion for Baking (Oxmoor House 2007). Speaking of pie, which pie personality are you? Classic apple pie, big, fat blueberry pie, or a gooey heartland Shooflly Pie? Can’t pick, huh? Well, no wonder. November is the playoffs of pie season. Leave freezer pies (over priced, tasteless and loaded with chemicals) and those tasteless add-water pie mixes to the no-taste crew. Homemade, fresh-from-the-oven pie is easy and so much better you’ll be trying a new one every day. Don’t forget to check out my best Thanksgiving Recipe Collection featured below. It’s your all-in-one easy reference of everything from the turkey to the sides.

!!! FREE !!! Pecan Pie (Our Cover Story)

World’s Best Double Pecan Pie

A masterful, big, definitive pecan pie from my upcoming A Passion for Baking,  (Marcy Goldman, Oxmoor House, 2007). This is the ultra pecan pie, big, sweet, and satisfying! Make sure you use plenty of fresh crop Georgia and California pecans and upgrade, it with some Tate and Lyle’s corn syrup for a mouth-watering pecan pie like no other.


Pecan Pie Biscotti
Don’t you love concept baking? What’s great in pie is great in biscotti. Pecan pie without the sticky mess. A superb gift biscotti. How good is this recipe? Ask out tester Amy who had to beat tasters off with a stick. Is Amy popular these days? You bet. On her recipe form she wrote: “These are beyond delicious’.


!!! Free !!! The Skinny on Pie
Some basics on the basic recipe.


!!! FREE !!! Famous 30-Second Pie Dough
You can’t beat this pie dough – nor ruin it. It is pastry perfection and suits pros and newbies alike.


Sour Cream Pie Dough

An excellent, flaky pie dough that is good enough to eat without the filling. Does double duty as a pastry dough for tarts and filled cookies.


Big ‘N Bold Apple Spice Crumb Pie

A majestic spice and apple pie that is holiday perfect. Accented with lemon, cream, vanilla and even a few cranberries, if you’ve a mind to add ‘em.


Deluxe Chocolate Shoofly Pie

You will have to shoo people away from devouring this pie in one hearty serving! It is a gooey, sweet pie that is pure Heartland American baking – perfect for Thanksgiving. This version has all the right notes, taking something old-fashioned and marrying it to today’s tastes. Our tester pronounced this ‘sublime’.


Classic Sweet Potato Pie
An exceptionally luxurious sweet potato pie, replete with brown sugar, cream and spice. One sliced and you might never look at pumpkin pie again. Pie-shaw!

Chocolate Cream Pie

Smooth as silk and real chocolate filling –nothing out of a box.
This is diner-style delicious pie.


Boston Cream Pie
Not really pie but really good.


Thanksgiving Biscuit Pudding & Southern Comfort Cream

Whoa Nelly and Heavens to Betsy -  leftover sourdough biscuits get gussied up in a city slicker dessert. Great for a BBQ supper or a brunch. If you have pecan biscuits or pumpkin biscuits, they would work great too.


Luscious Pumpkin Pound Cake
A bourbon spiked brown sugar glaze is the final touch on this irresistible, gone in one Thanksgiving dinner, cake.


Spiced Apple and Fresh Cranberry Tea Bread
Scents of Nantucket throughout the land, courtesy of your oven and this recipe.


Cinnamon Swirl Coffeecake
3122 Bakers report success. Cake now Legend.
Read all about it. Some cake with your pie?


Cranberry Apple Warming Tea Cider

Warming trends in a cuppa tea. Brew it by the cup or the pot in case of company.


Caramel Vanilla Apple Sauce
A new classic is born. Serve on ice-cream, cheesecake or yogurt and granola for breakfast. This is ambrosia, plain and simple.


From the Bread Board

Zesty Garlic Butter Sesame Crescent Rolls

Move over Dough Boy! These rock. One batch of these garlicky-soft rolls and everyone will bless the baker. Not just for Thanksgiving.


Parker House Bread

No more fiddling around if you have a crowd. Butter dipped Parkerhouse bread rolls you pull apart as they come out of the oven. Make one regular and a batch of garlic or parmesan cheese ones.


Pom Bakery Corn Cakes

Pom Bakery in Montreal no longer makes these amazing corn treats, but you can.
Great fresh baked or toasted and slathered with butter. Not a corn muffin, not corn bread – something better!


Miniature Boston Bread Loaves

The taste of Boston Brown bread in mini loaves – perfect for traditional New England Thanksgiving side bread. Make three little loaves or a baker’s batch of small ones (if you have the mini loaf mold).


American Thanksgiving

Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey
Best Brined Turkey

Parker House Rolls

Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing Not Out of a Box

Best Ever Homemade Cranberry Sauce
New! Layered ‘N Baked Cranberry Sauce

Durkee Green Beans and Onions Casserole

Sweet Potatoes and Marshmallows
Pomegranate Braised Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Vermont Country Inn Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake



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