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Thanksgiving Pies

What would Thanksgiving dinner be without several delicious, much-anticipated Thanksgiving pies adorning the dessert table? Find easy recipes for your favorite classic Thanksgiving pies -- pumpkin, pecan, apple, and sweet potato -- that are just as essential a component of the holiday meal as the turkey.

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The crust is most crisp the day it's made, but the pie without the whipped-cream topping and chocolate shavings can be made up to a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. To cut the pie into neat slices, use a serrated knife.

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You can substitute whiskey, rum, or rye for the bourbon. If you cannot find all-butter puff pastry, you can use other types of puff pastry and bake at 400 degrees. The apple filling can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator; bring to room temperature before using.

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Quinoa, high in protein and important amino acids, has a unique, earthy taste that surprises the palate. In this festive tart, a rich cream-cheese dough serves as the base for jewel-toned cranberries and figs stewed in wine, which combine to spectacular (and seasonal) effect.

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The filling for this pie is covered with a thin layer of superfine sugar, which turns into a beautiful, brittle sheet of caramel when bruleed, or burned, with a small kitchen blowtorch (available at amazon.com). That step is optional, though -- the pie is terrific without it, too. Note: the total time for this recipe includes making the dough, cooling, and chilling.

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