My Life as a Dog

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's that time of the year where we share good times with good friends and family and a key part of that is the good food. Each year I get an assignment or volunteer to make something for our Thanksgiving dinner. This year I had been flipping through a Sunset magazine and saw what looked like a new twist on the traditional pumpkin pie. I've made plenty of pumpkin pies in the past so I wanted to do something a little different. I feel this way each year. Last year a made a cranberry cream pie just to try something different. But this years twist was just making a crumble that tops the pie.

Here's what I did:

For the pie crust, I just buy the pre-made frozen kind. I might be adventurous but that that adventurous yet.

For the pumpkin pie filling I just follow the recipe on the pumpkin can. Nothing tricky there.

But here's where the twist comes in. Before I put the pies in the oven, I sprinkled Walnut Streusel (with pecans instead of walnuts) over the top. Here's how you make the streusel:

Walnut (or Pecan) Streusel


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup butter (now that I think about it I might have doubled the butter, oops!)

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg


Combine all ingredients. Mix until crumbly. Should make about 2 cups. Sprinkle evenly the streusel on top of the pumpkin pie mixture and bake like regular.

Okay, mind you, I haven't tasted my new Pumpkin Streusel Pie yet. But I am pretty sure that it will be delicious!