'Thanksgiving desserts' on Serious Eats

Let Them Eat: Orange Cake with Mulled Wine Cranberry Jam

My Thanksgiving table isn't complete without an assortment of cranberry sauces. I like to have a basic back-of-the-bag recipe flanked by versions spiked with wine, studded with different fruits, punched up with spices and zest. The sauces are usually only perfunctorily spooned on plates, given the limited real estate, but that translates into ample leftovers. This year, I wanted to showcase the ruby red, tart cranberry sauce and give it its due by putting it on a pedestal (or cake stand). More

The Food Lab's Apple Pie, Part 1: What Are the Best Apples for Pie?

Like burgers and pizza, I believe pie to be one of the truly perfect foods. A culinary endpoint that can be improved incrementally, but not fundamentally. The true beauty of a pie comes from that magical interaction between crust and filling. One sweet, tart, and fruity, the other buttery and rich, they complement each other in flavor and texture and create a dish that is so much greater than the sum of its parts. As such, each part deserves respect. What are the best apples for the job? More

Pie of the Week: Applesauce Pie

Applesauce pie is exactly what it sounds like: a sweet, flaky pie crust, filled with amazing, homemade "applesauce" that is cooked inside the pie as it bakes. To make it, you do as you would with other apple pies, by piling peeled, cored apple wedges high in the center of the bottom crust, and sealing them in with the top crust. The only difference is the outcome: the apples initially support the top crust as it bakes, but then cook down, leaving a big pocket of air, and juicy, chunky applesauce inside. More

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