I was going to write individual posts for these pies, but I couldn't get good photos of the pumpkin and chocolate guinness pies. I'm not sure what happened, but when I cut into them, they just did not set up overnight.  The plating yesterday ended up going something like this:  cut one side, cut the other side, stick the pie knife under to lift it out, pie oozes back onto the pie plate.  But the deep dish berry pie was amazing (yesterday and today)!!!  Pumpkin pie and chocolate guinness pie will have to be eaten with a spoon out of the leftovers tupperware.  Oh well, every baker has their disasters, and making five different pies in one day just increased my odds.  Maybe you'll have better luck than me!

Now that I've told the story, here are the other three pies I made for Thanksgiving this year (click the links for the websites with the recipes):

1. Deep Dish Berry Pie (from Sprinklebakes)
This is a recipe for a sour cream crust pie that is made in a springform pan.  I have to admit, I was a little nervous for that moment when you release the side of the pan, thinking about all the potential weaknesses in the crust, but it came out great! Who doesn't like 2-3 inches of yummy berries.  I used a bag each of frozen strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, then added some fresh cranberries to the mix.

2. Pumpkin Cream Pie (from Martha Stewart)
Like I said, I have no idea what went wrong with this pie.  Somehow there was too much moisture, and it never got to set up. Maybe making so many pies isn't a good idea because you misread the ingredients?

3. Sweet and Salty Guinness Chocolate Pie with Beer Marshmallow Meringue (from Sprinklebakes)
This sounded too interesting to pass up!  While it was originally intended as a pie for St. Patrick's Day, with the Guinness flavor, I thought it would be appreciated by some of the people attending Thanksgiving because they are self-titled beer aficionados.  I have a suspicion on what went wrong with this recipe.  I think I added too much of the Guinness reduction to the marshmallow.  I was doing a lot of math on this recipe because I ran out of regular 9" pie plates and was forced to use a little 5" mini pie plate for this recipe.  While it looked awful out of the plate, it didn't taste bad.  If I had a better appreciation for the taste of stout beer, I may have even liked it.     





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