Now that we are nearing the end of October, I’m slowly starting to get into the Holiday baking mood. One dessert that I tend to wait for until the end of the year is homemade pie – YUM! To me, there’s nothing better than putting your creative mind to work of sculpting the perfect homemade pie. The possibilities are endless when it comes to crust and filling choices, so this is one dessert that I never get bored with making.
Last year, I switched up some of my baking techniques and primarily use coconut oil as a substitute for butter or vegetable oil in my sweet recipes. To do so, you swap out butter or oil in a 1:1 ratio with coconut oil. I personally use an unrefined coconut oil, which still contains all of the natural health benefits of this healthy fat. Making a pie crust with coconut oil is especially wonderful and you’ll be left with one flaky and flavorful crust!
Below are some of my go-to Holiday inspired pie recipes:
Pecan Pie – Pecan pie is a traditional Thanksgiving favorite and a classic that my mom would make each year. Coconut oil is used for both the pie filling and crust in this recipe and I promise you that it turns out AMAZING! If you do want to save on time, feel free to purchase a pie crust that is already made if you need to save on time.
Frozen Peanut Butter Pies – Peanut butter pie is one dessert that can be a hit at any Holiday gathering. I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate and peanut butter together?! These pies are mini, making them great for a grab-and-go dessert. You’ll find that the coconut oil compliments the “cookie like” crust extremely well and the filling is highly addicting!
Mini Pumpkin Pies – Pumpkin pie is yet another classic recipe and one that can be made through the October to December months. I don’t think that anyone can really turn down a pumpkin pie, even if it’s after Thanksgiving. Again, I like the mini factor of these pies for hosting parties. This way, guests can take one pie or even five!
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie – This pie is definitely not traditional, but packs a flavorful bite! Sometimes it’s nice to get away from nutmeg and cinnamon during the winter months and incorporate a fruity pie for the Holidays. If you can’t find fresh rhubarb in your local grocery store, be sure to check the frozen section. Grocery stores usually carry the frozen rhubarb year round and from my experience, it tastes just as good!
Apple Pie with Crumb Topping – I LOVE apple pie! There’s no denying that, so it’s a staple of my Holiday pie baking. The crumb topping made with coconut oil is so good and I even add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg into the topping mixture for extra flavor. Again, if you’re short on time, feel free to purchase a crust that is already made.
I hope that these recipes gave you some ideas for the Holidays – it’s never too early to start planning!
What is your favorite Holiday pie to make? Have you tried it with coconut oil yet?