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  1. Easy As (Holiday) Pie

    It’s Thanksgiving week and we’re feeling festive. To celebrate, we’ve invited a few of our favorite project creators to share some of their creative holiday spirit. We hope you enjoy. Happy Holidays!

    First there was Holiday Chuck, then there was a mildly unusual turkey, and now — probably our most favorite of all favorite holiday things — there’s dessert! This especially festive recipe comes from Lauren, who first made our mouths water with the absolutely delicious Pie in the Park project. She wrote to us:

    Every Thanksgiving, my mom makes a truly decadent Pecan Fudge Pie — she ripped the original recipe out of a Family Circle magazine dated 10/26/82, eleven months before I was born. I’d eat multiple slices of that pie for days afterward.

    When I told her that I’d be compiling a pie cookbook, she sent me a
    few pie recipes she had gathered over the years, including this one
    for Pecan Fudge Pie. 

    While the recipe didn’t make it into the upcoming Pie in the Park: Stories and Recipes (to be released December 2010), it will hopefully be made in some new kitchen this holiday. Most definitely in mine. 

    Like most family recipes, this recipe has been tweaked to the times (eg. the original calls for “1/2 package of pie crust mix”).

    Thanks for sharing, Lauren! We love the story almost as much as we’d love to be eating a slice of this pie right about now. 

    Also — sneak peek alert! — the above illustration is a preview from the forthcoming book, illustrated by Sarah Schlesinger. And make sure to keep up with all things pie over at the Pie in the Park blog

    Pecan Fudge Pie


    1 1/3 cups flour
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup chilled butter or chilled vegetable shortening
    3 tablespoons ice cold water


    3 squares unsweetened chocolate
    1/2 stick butter
    4 eggs
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup light or dark corn syrup
    2 cups pecan halves

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    In a shallow bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Using a pastry
    blender, cut in cold butter or vegetable shortening until it forms
    tiny balls. Add cold water to the mixture, and mix with your hands or
    a big wooden spoon until you form a flat disk. Cover disk in plastic
    wrap and chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.

    Take dough ball and put on a flat surface covered in white flour.
    Using copies amounts of flour, use a rolling pin to roll out dough,
    and flip over the steadily flattening crust ball regularly. When large
    and flat, lay out crust on a pie plate. Cut edges and use your
    imagination and fingers to shape a beautiful crust.

    Melt chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low head, cool.

    Beat eggs slightly in medium-size bowl; blend in sugar and and corn
    syrup. Stir in chocolate-butter mixture and 1 1/3 cups of the pecans.
    Pour into pie crust. Arrange remaining pecans in a design on top.

    Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 5 minutes. Lower oven temperature to
    350 degrees and bake for 35 minutes, or until filling is set.

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  2. Gobble, Gobble

    It’s Thanksgiving week and we’re feeling festive. To celebrate, we’ve invited a few of our favorite project creators to share some of their creative holiday spirit. Happy Holidays!

    Yesterday we brought you Melissa’s Thanksgiving-feast inspired Pop Culture Paper Doll, today we bring you the main course. (Kidding!) Jamie Tanner, one of our long-time favorite creators, dropped us this adorably festive doodle and a quick note: 

    Dear Kickstarter,
    Attached is an uncomfortable hybrid of my recurring “character” the Quiet Bird-Man and ye olde Thanksgiving staple, the turkey.  Enjoy?
    Was gonna send some sort of hilarious holiday memory as well, but couldn’t think of anything.  Instead, I’ll go the sappy route and say that last year’s Thanksgiving, occurring very shortly after my first Kickstarter project’s funding period ended, was quite a memorable one indeed, as I gave many thanks for the unexpected success of said project and looked forward to the year to come with enormous optimism and excitement (a real rarity for me, as I’m usually a curmudgeonly crank, particularly around the holidays).  So, you know, thanks be to Kickstarter!
    Hope you like the sketch, and have a great holiday!

    We are truly touched! And we highly recommend you follow the ongoing adventures of the Quiet Bird-Man over at Jamie’s amazing blog

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