I wanted to talk about something lighthearted today. With Thanksgiving peeking around the corner, dessert is on my mind.
While I’m not a big fan of sweet potatoes with marshmallows baked on top of them, turkey, or stuffing, I’ve never met a pie that I didn’t like.
The nice thing about Thanksgiving is that there’s normally at least one pie at the end of your meal.
My family usually had pumpkin and/or ground cherry pie for dessert on big holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Most people haven’t heard of ground cherries before, so I’ll try to describe what they taste like to you. They are tart like cranberries, sweet like pineapple, and have a texture that is something like a soft tomato.
People seem to either love them or hate them. I wasn’t a big fan of this dessert the first few times I tried it, but now I really like it.
My grandmother made “pumpkin” pie with what I believe was butternut squash instead of an actual pumpkin. It has a firmer and more flavourful texture that works really well for this pie, although this did mean that I was slightly disappointed when I tasted real pumpkin pie later on in life. The differences between them are subtle but important.
These days I like to have lemon meringue pie on special occasions. The slight tartness of the lemon filling reminds me just a little of ground cherries. That filling is balanced out nicely with the lightly sweet meringue and flaky crust.
What kinds of desserts do you like to eat during the holidays? Whatever they are, I hope you get to have a slice if you’re celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend!