It’s almost time to celebrate Thanksgiving! This year we are very thankful for all of our wonderful patients here in Alpharetta, Georgia. We hope you get the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving with your families this year.
A traditional Thanksgiving feast requires a LOT of preparation. We could make an entire guide on Turkey recipes, cooking methods, what to cook first, how many hours per pound, and more. Carving the turkey is an art; mashing the potatoes and mastering that cranberry sauce is a staple of this wonderful occasion. There’s no doubt people love cooking all of the delicious food families love to eat.
Still, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the to-do list, we thought you might appreciate a minor recommendation that could make the whole ordeal much more manageable. Consider ordering a pie for dessert from one of these local Alpharetta businesses!
Where to get the Best Pie in Alpharetta
Here at Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry, we’re not bakers; still, we do love some great pie, especially during the holidays. We thought about listing some popular options for our Alpharetta neighbors. Check out their websites linked below.
One of our favorite local pie places is Southern Baked Pie Company. They have all of the classic holiday flavors and some delicious, unique options like coffee buttercrunch!
Southern Baked Pie Company is very popular, so we suggest pre-ordering your pie, especially for the busy holidays. You can pick up your pie at their store location in Alpharetta or have it shipped to your house! They offer whole pies (10 inches), petite pies (5 inches), and tassies (bite-sized pies).
They even have gluten-free options!
Another local favorite is Pie Hole. You could find them going to Alpharetta’s historical center and getting their pie slices, half pies, and whole pies!
Feel free to check the great variety of flavors they offer including rotating seasonal options and other savory choices; still, we’ve linked their pumpkin pie page so you can go straight for a seasonal classic.
Visit their Facebook page to stay updated about their menu offerings, and check out their store if you want to order a pie to complete your Thanksgiving meal!
If you’re looking for something a little more gourmet, try Alpine Bakery and Trattoria.
They offer an assortment of cakes, cupcakes, pies, cheesecakes, and other delicious pastries to choose from. Their presentation can’t be beat! Any of their pies will look beautiful on your Thanksgiving table.
We have great news for our patients with a gluten allergy or intolerance. Sally’s Gluten-Free Bakery is an entire bakery dedicated to gluten-free treats! You can still enjoy classics like pumpkin pie, pecan pie, bread loaves, and cake, all without gluten! Making gluten-free desserts at home can be difficult, so treat yourself or your loved ones to some delicious baked goods made fresh at Sally’s!
Homemade Thanksgiving Pie Recipies
Baking is an art and science. There are ratios to everything and a lot of technique, but with just a little pinch of love (and enough liquid or solid fat, depending on the recipe), you’ll master these great desserts.
Start With Good Dough
Making your own pie dough is not as difficult as some people say. You will need to remain attentive to the temperature, and you should keep the preparation as cold as possible when you’re not integrating the ingredients.
You just need all-purpose flour, salt, and sugar. Whisk all that together and crumble in pieces of butter cold butter. Add tablespoons at a time of cold water and mix everything until the dough barely comes together.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
- 1 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 cups cold unsalted butter, cut up
- 1/4 cups ice water
Ginger Pumpkin Pie
Pre-bake your dough and let it cool off completely. To make the filling, you’ll want to whisk in the granulated sugar, salt, cloves, cinnamon, and ground ginger until combined. Then, add your pumpkin, half-and-half one egg at a time, and fresh ginger. Combine all the ingredients and pour into the prepared crust.
Bake this at 350F until the filling sets. It may still jiggle in the middle, and you could even cover it with foil to prevent excessive browning.
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- Pinch ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin
- 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- Sweetened whipped cream for serving
Pecan, Hazlenut, and Coconut Tart
Begin by pressing the dough against the bottom and sides of your desired pan and freeze for 20 minutes. Prick the dough and bake it until golden brown. Let it cool, and start sprinkling the pecans, hazelnuts, and coconut pieces over the dough.
In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey, butter, cream, and just a pinch of salt to balance it out. Bring the mixture to a boil and start stirring to cook the mixture for a minute. You can then pour this preparation over the tart and bake until golden brown.
- 1 1/4 cups toasted pecan halves
- 3/4 cups toasted hazelnuts, skins removed
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, lightly toasted
- 3/4 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1/3 cups honey
- 6 tbsp. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 3 tbsp. heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Don’t Forget About the Pediatric Dentist in Alpharetta
We hope that you get to enjoy some delicious pie with your family this Thanksgiving, wherever you get it from. Just promise us you’ll brush your teeth after eating dessert! Happy holidays from Dr. Nanna and all the staff here at Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry!