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5 Unusual Pies and Tarts To Bake This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and you know what that means. Pie. Pumpkin pie, blueberry pie, banana cream pie, all the colors of the pie rainbow are about to be on your dining room table.

If dessert is your favorite meal (how could it not be?), chances are you're more than a little pumped about baking on Turkey Day! But before you settle down with a tried and true recipe, check out our roundup of delicious pies that will put a unique spin on your holiday feast.

1. Fig, Apricot & Mascarpone Tart

Credit: Joy the Baker    

Joy The Baker's tart is perfect for summer months (when apricots are easiest to find), but why not try it out during the holiday season? Plus, the tart crust can easily be baked ahead of time, which means it won't take up valuable room in the oven on Thanksgiving Day!

2. Pear Custard Pie

Credit: Shutterbean    

One word: custard. That's all you need to know. This creamy pie from Shutterbean combines our two favorite things (fresh fruit and fattening cream) and whips them up into one delectable dessert. The best part? It's a breeze to make and uses just eight ingredients!

3. Rhubarb Berry Thyme Pie

Credit: Chasing Delicious    

First of all, how beautiful is this pie crust from Chasing Delicious? Whimsical, sweet, and all you need is a cookie cutter! But let's talk about the filling — juicy strawberries, blackberries, and rhubarb paired with aromatic notes of savory thyme. Just looking at the picture is giving us hunger pangs.

4. Apple Pie Palooza

Credit: Big Girls Small Kitchen    

Apple pie is a signature on most Thanksgiving tables, and chances are you already have a recipe. But, ladies, trust. This apple pie-meets-tart from Big Girls Small Kitchen is sweet, elegant and delicious — a true must-have on any Thanksgiving table. Just make sure to choose firm apples that stand up to cooking!

5. Maple Walnut Custard Pie

Credit: Seven Spoons    

Yes, more custard. We just can't help ourselves. This pie from acclaimed food blog Seven Spoons features a crisp, oaty walnut crust, which floats over a layer of maple custard the likes of which you've never seen. Think of this as Pecan Pie's long-lost, more delicious brother.

11.14.2012 / 12:53 AM EDT by Mehera Bonner
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