11 Best Thanksgiving Pies from Around the World
French Apple Tart (Tarte de Pommes a la Normande)
Normandy, France, is known for its apple orchards. While this French apple tart deviates slightly from the original as it uses a pie crust rather than a shortbread crust, don't skimp on the frangipane (almond) filling. This showstopper of a pie requires a bit of finesse to achieve the beautiful scalloped rose shown below made with ultra-thin apple slices (looking at you, mandoline slicer) — but you can also make life easier on yourself by simply arranging thicker apple slices in overlapping layers.
Quebec City Sugar Pie with Thick Cream
Originally known as tarte au sucre, this pie is venerated by French-Canadians and is thought to have originated in France or Belgium and brought to the New World by settlers from those nations. Though the filling is a very simple mixture of brown sugar, eggs, and milk, this is one serious pie—especially when it's served in a pool of lightly whipped cream.
Key Lime Pie VII
Kick up your fins and dream of tropical vacations while you dish out this beauty. The pie gets its name from the tiny Key limes that grow in the Florida Keys. If you can find fresh Key limes, it's easiest to juice them by cutting each in half and then squeezing them in a (very clean) garlic press. MOONMYST17 says, "I love this recipe. I am from Florida and have had many Key lime pies when visiting Key West. This is the most authentic tasting pie I have ever made at home. What is best is that it is SO SIMPLE! You can literally whip it up in no time."
Easy Swedish Apple Pie
As American as … Swedish apple pie! This beauty will transport you to idyllic Scandinavian climes and make you dream of the Northern Lights. And it's a breeze to make, as there's no crust to roll out — just mix up the topping and pour it over the apples. Mayrose raves, "Wow, one of the easiest and best recipes I have come across. My friends have declared it one of their favourites! For those of you who want an extra crunchy crust, use brown sugar, it's fantastic."
Mini Orange Mince Pies
This favorite British holiday pie traces its origins all the way back to the 13th century, when Crusaders returned from the Middle East with spices, dried fruits, and meats never before tasted in England. Very few mincemeat recipes call for meat these days, but this mini-pie recipe leaves the choice up to you — go savory or sweet! You can choose your favorite store-bought mincemeat recipe, or make your own mincemeat for the filling.
Mexican Pumpkin Empanadas
Give your pumpkin pie a hand — literally — with these traditional pastry pockets from Mexico. Candied pumpkin, often known as dulce de zapallo, is a popular treat in many Latin American countries, whether wrapped into sweet empanada filling or simply enjoyed on its own. This version of the recipe calls for much-easier-to-find canned pumpkin puree, along with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. For ease of preparation, you can make the dough and the filling a day ahead and assemble just before you're ready to bake.
Chef John's Ricotta Pie
Smooth, egg-rich ricotta custard is supported by a cookie-like crust in this traditional Italian holiday pie. "You would certainly be well within your rights to call this ricotta pie a cheesecake," says Chef John, "except then your guests would be expecting cheesecake, and that might cause some problems. That's why this lighter, less-sweet variation on cheesecake is called a ricotta pie."
Zwetschekuchen (German Plum Tart)
Hugely popular throughout Germany, this dessert combines all the best things about a fruit tart and a cake into one delightful dessert topped with sweet-tart Italian plums. If you can't find Italian plums (also known as prune plums) feel free to use another variety, or take the advice of Shanda, who shared the recipe with us, and use any other fruit at all!
Coconut (Haupia) and Chocolate Pie
A chocolate cream pie with a tropical twist: The silky-smooth chocolate custard filling is made with coconut milk! For best results when melting chocolate in the microwave, stir it every 30 seconds to avoid burning, and stop as soon as the last of the chocolate chips melts. Home cook es gives this pie a local's seal of approval: "This is a classic Hawaiian dessert and a great recipe. I am from Hawaii and have had countless chocolate haupia pies. The most famous are from Ted's Bakery, but thought this tasted even better."
Easy Hong Kong Style Egg Tarts
These egg custard tarts became a Hong Kong tradition by way of nearby Macau, which was a Portuguese colony for centuries. This recipe produces two dozen 3-inch tarts, making this the perfect dessert for a buffet or potluck Thanksgiving dinner.
Mom's Apple Pie I
No international pie list would be complete without an all-American favorite: apple pie like dear old mom used to make. This version has a secret ingredient that might surprise you (okay, it's a touch of whisky in the filling) and it's earned rave reviews like this one from Allrecipes home cook SportyRider: "The pie was absolutely wonderful. That's saying a lot since I grew up on an orchard in a town known for its fantastic apple pies."