This Pecapplekin Pie Combines 3 Favorite Holiday Pies Into 1

Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like pumpkin pie. Or pecan pie. Or, wait, some people enjoy apple pie on Turkey Day, too. Hmm. So what’s a host to do?

How about you make all three?

Don’t worry. I am not asking you to make THREE pies for the big day. There’s not enough Pinot Grigio in the world to help you cope with that level of stress! Nope, instead I am talking about the most clever holiday baking recipe ever to circulate the internet: the Pecapplekin Pie.

Yep, you read that right. Three pies stacked into one. Three pies coming together to create the most epic Thanksgiving dessert ever known to mankind.

I know, it sounds a bit out there! But, think about it: Pumpkin, pecan and apple. These flavors of fall are already harmonious. Why not combine them into one scrumptious, heavenly pie? Not only will it be unique, but you will save yourself the time of making more than one pie!

Check out the video above and get the recipe from People.com.

Not everyone is loving the idea of the the Pecapplekin Pie. GQ writer Joshua Rivera calls it “an assault on a sacred national holiday tradition.”

While it may be too non-traditional for your tastes, one Twitter user made the good point that this clever recipe could help prevent holiday arguments. Which, let’s face it, after this election season, the last thing anyone wants is more arguments at the dinner table!

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So what do you think? Would you be on board for the Pecapplekin pie?

Here’s How To Make The Best Buttercream Frosting At Home

If you’re someone who likes to bake, you know how important buttercream is. You can lather it on cakes, cookies, cupcakes—the list goes on—but nothing kills a good pastry like poorly-executed frosting.

Buttercream literally is the icing on top of the cake, so you’re going to want to make sure you finish off all your desserts with this, the best-tasting frosting you can possibly conjure.

Luckily, your search for the perfect buttercream can end right here. Blogger Tessa from Handle the Heat has come up with the ultimate buttercream tutorial, and her tips can help you create your own delicious and perfectly-textured buttercream. Plus, you don’t have to just stop there. You can continue to flavor your buttercream with choices such as chocolate, strawberry, chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter, mint and much more. Beat that, pre-made frosting!

Tessa’s recipe makes enough buttercream to frost about 12 to 15 cupcakes, and you can double her recipe to frost a 8- or 9-inch two-layer cake. Although making buttercream might seem daunting, Tessa’s cheat sheet, along with her video tutorial, helps make the process easier, and it even can help you prep ahead of time for when you’re ready to frost all your goodies. She even helps you figure out how to adjust the powdered sugar ratio depending on your flavor preferences and adjust the cream ratio depending on your texture preferences.

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All you need is sugar, butter, salt, vanilla, and cream, and you can make your own fresh, non-artificial-tasting buttercream out of the comfort of your own home. You can even store it for later use, if you don’t feel like using it all at once.

Check out Tessa’s cheat sheet here, and be sure to watch her step-by-step video below for more helpful instructions. Now all you have to do is decide whether to make those strawberry vanilla cupcakes, or opt for a double chocolate cake instead. Now that you know how to make the perfect frosting, your baking options are endless.

Your Ultimate Apple Guide: Which Are Best For Eating Vs. Baking

It’s that time of year again! Autumn is upon us, and along with crisp weather and fall foliage comes everyone’s favorite fruit: apples. Whether it’s bobbing for them, baking them in a pie, making apple sauce, apple juice or eating them as-is, apples are delicious and we do not discriminate.

However, some apples are better baked, and others are better eaten raw. So how do you know how to make the most out of your apple experience? Well here’s the lowdown.

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So why are some apples better for eating and other better for baking?

Best To Use For Baking

1. Gala

Gals’s are great for baking, particularly for baking apple pie because they hold up well when cooked.

2. Golden Delicious

Known as the yellow apple with a sweet flavor and thin skin, these are best used in in pie, applesauce or for stewing.

3. Jonagold

Crisp yet tart. A go-to for baking because these apples won’t overload your pie with sweetness.

Best When Eaten Raw

1. Red Delicious

Not the most exciting apple, but the Red Delicious is the most classic looking apple. It’s sweet without being overbearing, making it a great snack.

2. Pink Lady

Pink Lady is a hybrid apple. Part Golden Delicious mixed with Lady Williams. Not too tart but not too sweet either. Making it a great option for raw eating because of its extra-crunchy texture.

3. Fuji

Fuji apples are sweeter and crispier than other apples! No need to bake these!

Best To Eat Raw & Use For Baking

And of course some apples are so delicious they can be equally as good baked or eaten raw!

1. Cortland

Copland apple are not the most popular apple on the tree. However, they should not be over looked. They are a bit sour, yet juicy. Making them a great option for both baking, stewing and eating them raw, depending on your tastebuds!

2. Granny Smith

The tartness of a Granny Smith makes them an excellent baking candidate. Fun fact: they hold their shape when cooked because of their slightly dry texture and tough skin. You can also enjoy these apples raw.

3. Honeycrisp

Everyone’s favorite apple (maybe I’m biased)! The perfect mix of crispy and sweet, enjoy them baked or raw.

4. Jonathan

A Jonathan’s tartness makes them great for baking, and their crispiness makes them great for eating. A win, win.

5. Mclntosh

This is the go-to apple for pie-baking. They are sweet and juicy, and can be had raw, stewed as applesauce or baked.

So there you have it. Now you are an apple expert!

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Frosting Piping Tips From Baking Pros

In the mood to enhance your frosting skills? Check out this awesome guide from Gygi. The easy-to-follow chart shows which tip to use to produce all different kinds of frosting designs.

Gygi also gives some really helpful piping tips on its website. My favorite? “Add a few teaspoons of cornstarch to give your buttercream a smoother and glossier finish.” Good to know.

I love to bake, but feel my frosting presentation skills are lacking. This will definitely help me step up my game. Which style is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page.

This Pizza Ball Christmas Tree Is Cheesy, Garlicky Goodness

Here’s a great tasting and easy appetizer you can quickly make for Christmas.  After all, you are business enough with the thousand other things you have going on.

Items You Will Need

  1. 2 Cans store-bought pizza dough
  2. 8 Mozzarella string cheese sticks
  3. 8 Tablespoons salted butter, softened
  4. Handful parsley
  5. 3 Garlic cloves
  6. Pizza slicer
  7. Pastry brush

You can get the full recipe and instructions here.

The Best Way To Fill A Piping Bag With Frosting

I’ve never been much of a baker, but with the completion of my kitchen renovation last year, I’ve recently started to take a heightened interest in using my oven (for something other than heating frozen pizza).

While I felt I was getting a handle on making all sorts of meals in the oven, the thing I consistently avoided was making cookies or cupcakes that needed frosting.

While on my quest to bake everything under the sun, I discovered could never be a doctor, as my hands shake like a leaf when I pick up the unstable bag and try to decorate. I also hated the mess that ensued with I’d squeeze frosting all over the counter like a 3-year-old.

Fortunately, I stumbled upon this awesome way to fill a piping bag using Saran Wrap. It’s faster, easier, and is a lot less messy than the old way of doing things. For those that find themselves baking a lot, this helpful video is for you!