Lemon Mascarpone, Cranberry Walnut and Nutella: My Thanksgiving Pie Lineup

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I've finally narrowed it down to the Three Pie Finalists, and perhaps we'll have a pie-off at the dessert table. But I think this tart, rich, creamy darling is going to win:

lemon mascarpone pie ingredients

Lemon Mascarpone Pie

This is way better than lemon meringue, with a bonus: no meringue to get fussed over during transport. Instead, spoon spiced whipped cream over it at the table. MMMmmmmmm.

Step 1: Make Lemon Curd

Adapted from David Lebovitz

1/2 cup lemon juice (from lemons not bottles)
A few ribbons lemon zest (from same)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
Pinch of salt
6 T cold, unsalted butter cut into bits

Whisk everything but the butter together in a bowl and pour into a saucepan on low heat. Whisk in the butter cubes. When butter melts, keep whisking -- whisk, whisk, whisk -- and turn up heat to medium. After oh, seven minutes the curd will thicken up to a more solid character. You want it pretty thick -- it only sets a tad more after you refrigerate, and it should be pretty solid. When you're satisfied, strain it through a sieve into a bowl and refrigerate.

Step 2: Make Crust

Parbake one 9-inch pie pan filled with your favorite crust recipe (or cheater's premade crust). Let cool entirely.

Step 3: Make Filling

Beat together 1 cup of your lemon curd and 1 cup of mascarpone cheese until smooth and creamy. Fill cooled pie shell. Refrigerate.

Step 4: Make Ginger-Cardamom Whipped Cream to Serve Alongside

Beat together 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1/4 confectioner's sugar, and a half teaspoon each of ground ginger and ground cardamom. Beat until soft peaks form.

Voila, the best lemon pie you will ever eat! (Are you happy, Lori?)

Also on the Thanksgiving Pie Docket Tomorrow

Well, you knew I would be making my Lifesaving Thanksgiving Cranberry-Walnut Pie, right? Except: Since I've run out of walnuts, I'm going to try it with pecans tomorrow. I'm also going to whip up a Nutella Pie because I still have all the ingredients and hey, it's Nutella. And maybe, just maybe, I'll try out an apple pie if I get bored tomorrow. I've been scared of apple pie this whole month and intend to start up an Apple Pie Lab this weekend -- after Thanksgiving. So probably no apple pie on the holiday table.

What pies are you having this Thanksgiving?

I'm blogging pie every day in November -- it's NaBloPieMo! Follow my journey in the Month of Pies archive.

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