Other than giving thanks, pie is what Thanksgiving is all about. Not turkey: pie. We eat pie after turkey, so pie is the last glorious taste in our mouth when we finally conclude the meal. The buttery crust, the rich filling, the creamy scoop of ice cream on top.
At the Thanksgiving dinner I am attending this year, one guest is gluten/dairy-free, one is allergic to both eggs and dairy, at least two are vegan, and several are watching their weight. Forget the usual pecan or pumpkin pie, and the 'a la mode' too.
Minced Fruit Pie is all-natural goodness: a crust made from ground pecans and almonds filled with dried fruits simmered in juice and a hint of liqueur. Since the Pilgrims didn't have sugar (but did have nuts and fruit), it's actually closer to what might have been served at the first Thanksgiving than anything else on the dessert table tomorrow.
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