One thing we can agree on is that no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without pie — especially in Texas. But there’s one thing that no one can seem to agree on…whether pumpkin pie or pecan pie reigns supreme.
Let’s start with how they’re made before we go drawing any big conclusions.
Pumpkin pie uses a mix of spices and dairy to give it a custard consistency for that crispy crust. It’s known as a staple of the holiday season, and its history goes back beyond the beginning of America. So it’s safe to say pumpkin pie has some street cred. Plus, this pie gets to live in the limelight because our country loves pumpkin everything. It’s no pumpkin spice latte, but it’s pretty close.
Now let’s talk pecan. It’s made with—you guessed it—pecans, a mix of eggs, sugar, and some type of syrup – typically molasses, maple syrup or honey. Most people credit the French for inventing this pie in New Orleans, but, because the pecan is the fruit of our official state tree, the pie has found a way into many Texas hearts. Either way, one thing’s for sure: it’s a true specialty that you’ll find in most Southern kitchens. The biggest thing pecan pie has going for it is its perfect blend of toastiness and sweetness.
Now, let’s compare them. Both can be served with whipped cream or ice cream, so they each score in the toppings category. Both have a crumbly, buttery crust that can’t be beat. And, most importantly, both bring seasonal comfort when you eat them with family.
We know we’re supposed to pick our favorite pie, but then we thought, why pick one when you can have both? We tried a Pumpkin Pecan Pie and realized it’s the best marriage of desserts since the Cronut®. So, instead of picking which kind of pie you’ll serve, you can have the best of both worlds.
Now we want to hear from you…what is YOUR favorite Thanksgiving dessert?