Holiday Pies

Contrary to popular belief, there was no version of modern-day pie at the first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621. It wasn’t until 1796, that the first known American cookbook published a recipe on how to stuff a turkey with an accompanying pumpkin pie recipe.

Hundreds of years later, it’s clear that pie has become a Thanksgiving staple, so I went to DeEtta’s Bakery to get the inside scoop on how the holidays affect pie production.

“Thanksgiving is synonymous for pie. That one season, and even the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, people are thinking about pie. And we’re selling even more pies just for weekend events,” said Kevin Tyschper, owner of DeEtta’s Bakery.

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s not too soon to start thinking about the perfect ending to a classic family meal.

“Traditionally, pumpkin and pecan are the top two pies that we sell right here. We like to take a spin on those traditional things, too and add something a little different. We do a Nantucket cranberry, which brings the cranberry of the season into the pie. We have that sweet and tart kind of taste to the pie, and also we do a spin on a chocolate crème pie, which is our German chocolate pie, which is packed with pecans and coconut. And we also do an apple pie, so really the apple, pumpkin and pecan are our three most recommended or most selected pies,” said Tyschper.

If you’re looking to bake a pie at home, DeEtta’s suggests using the best ingredients you can find and sticking to the recipe. And they have a tip for those bakers battling a crumbly crust.

“A great thing to know, especially when making pie crust, we do an all butter pie crust, which is a little more difficult to work with because butter melts at a lower temperature and you have to be a little quicker to work with it, but it tastes a lot better. Use cold water, very, very cold water because that helps keep your dough cold enough that you can work with it and it’s not melting on you when you’re trying to form it,” added Tyschper.

With the weather getting cooler, pies can add a little bit more warmth to the season. Whether pumpkin, apple or pecan, you can’t go wrong.

Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.

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