December 1, 2009

Last Wednesday, Jonathan and I spent the entire day in the kitchen, attempting three new recipes to contribute to the Thanksgiving day feast. We listened to Sufjan Steven’s Holiday tunes and danced and tasted and smelled and succeeded! We made Real Creamed Corn Pudding, Pear Struesel Pie with homemade caramel sauce, and Golden Onion Pie.  It was a joy to travel the next day to visit with Tyler’s family. We are so thankful! A few photos and a recipe:

Golden Onion Pie

(Gourmet November 2009)


For dough:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm whole milk (105-115°F)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For filling:

  • 3 1/2 pounds onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 pounds bacon, finely chopped
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 large egg yolks

Equipment: a 9-inch springform pan


Make dough:
Stir together yeast, milk, and sugar in bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment (or in a bowl to mix by hand) and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. (If mixture doesn’t foam, start over with new yeast.)

Add flour, salt, egg, and butter and mix at low speed (or stir) until a dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and beat 3 minutes (or knead by hand 5 minutes).

Sprinkle dough lightly with flour and cover bowl with a kitchen towel (not terry cloth). Let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Make filling while dough rises:
Cook onions and bacon in butter with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a 12-inch heavy skillet, covered, over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 20 minutes.

Remove lid and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden, 20 to 30 minutes. Cool onions.

Whisk together sour cream and yolks, then stir into onions.

Bake pie:
Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round. Fit dough into springform pan (stretching slightly if necessary to hang over edge) and spread filling evenly in it. Fold edges of dough over filling, leaving some filling exposed in center. Let pie stand 20 minutes at room temperature.

Bake until crust is golden-brown and filling is bubbling, about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

Note: Pie can be made 1 day ahead and chilled. Reheat, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.


One Response to “thanksgiving”

  1. Clarissa said

    I am so trying this!

    I love your pictures, dear one. I wish I could pop in for a cup of tea with you and Jonathan!


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