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Most of the time the main focus on a dessert table is cake, cupcakes and cookies. For this reason I believe a Pie Bar is a great alternative. Read on to find several easy ways to pull together a sumptuous Thanksgiving Pie Bar.
The holidays are right around the corner, the holidays are upon us, and the holidays will be here before you know it. How many times have you heard or said that in the last couple of weeks? Well you know what they’re here and it’s time to get in gear and make some plans. No doubt, baking is always at the top of my to-do lists during the holiday season. Pies, cookies, and cakes you name it, and I’m ready to crank up my oven.
When I was growing up my mom did most of her baking during holiday time or special occasions like birthdays. I honestly don’t remember her baking many cakes, pies were her specialty. Lemon Meringue, Apple and Sweet Potato. Mom could work a crust like nobodies business. Where was I when she was baking? Reading the latest issue of Archie or playing hangman on the phone with one of my friends.
Regrettably, by the time I took an interest in baking, specifically pies, Mom had passed on. She and the other women in my family didn’t write down their recipes. Instinct and experience let them know when their creation was on the mark. That being said, just watching them would have been a great help in deciphering their recipes.
Of course for some it’s a chore to write out a recipe, but I want my family members female and male to know that sharing family recipes is one way traditions are born and carried on. Over the years, I’ve set out to mentally deconstruct mom’s pie recipes and recreate them. That first bite of an apple pie immediately takes me back to the smells coming from my childhood kitchen. I can almost hear mom calling for me to get off the phone and do the dishes. It also carries with it a sense of her presence and that is priceless.
Experience has taught me that even if you have a written recipe, you can still give it a tweak and make it your own and that’s what I’m doing with these Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pies. These pies taste like someone’s mom or nana was in the kitchen all day baking her family happy. Marie Callender’s® has a variety of flavors in full and mini sizes. Tis the season to think of others and how we can bring a little holiday joy into their lives. Consider a random act of kindness with a pie. A random act of pie-ness if you will. Imagine the joy when your neighbor or family member receives a fresh from the oven pie from you.
My youngest daughter loves Apple Crisps and I have deconstructed a Marie Callender’s® Dutch Apple Pie and reassembled it as Apple Crisp Parfaits for her along with the recipe.
Easy Recipes for a Sumputious Thanksgiving Pie Bar
1 Marie Callender’s®’s® Dutch Apple Pie, baked
1 Can of Reddi Wip®
1 box of Instant Cheesecake Pudding, prepared
Mason Jars with lids
Twine or Raffia and Label
Start by baking the pie in a preheated oven at the specified temperature on the carton. Do not add the streusel topping. Bake it separately and set aside. It’s always a good idea to cover the edges of the crust with foil to prevent burning. While the pie is baking, make the Cheesecake Instant Pudding and set aside. Once the pie is baked, remove it from the oven and let cool to room temperature on a wire rack. With a large spoon break the pie into medium size chunks.
Place a heaping spoonful of the pie in the bottom of the Mason jar. Add a generous spoonful of the cheesecake pudding followed by a spoonful of streusel. Continue layering the ingredients to the top and add an ample amount of Reddi-wip®. Top with streusel. Add the twine and label to the jar and its all set for gifting.
Southern Pecan Hand Pies
1 Marie Callender’s® Southern Pecan Pie
1 Can of Reddi Wip®
1 pkg ready to bake piecrusts
Preheat oven to 375° the specified temperature on the carton. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, silpat, or prepare it with nonstick spray. Separate the crust from the filling. Place the crust pieces in a zippered type bag and set aside. Unroll the ready-made piecrust on a floured surface and using a cookie cutter, or saucer approximately 5-inches in diameter to cut out your circles. Re-roll the dough as necessary to get the amount you want.
Lay the piecrusts circles on one of the sheet pan and top with a slight tablespoon of the Southern Pecan Pie mixture. Take care not to overfull the pies or they will leak and get rather messy while baking. Fold the dough in half, and use your fingers to gently press the edges together. Then use the back of a fork, and press down gently press down to seal the edges.
Lightly brush the top of each pie with an egg wash. Repeat steps until all you have filled all of the pie crust rounds with filling. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the pies are golden brown and filling is heated through. Cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack. Let cool, drizzle with a little vanilla glaze and serve with a generous helping of Reddi-wip®.
With the leftover filling and crust from the Southern Pecan Pie I made smoothies. You know me waste not want not! I tossed the leftover ingredients into my blender and gave them a good whirl until almost smooth.
Thanksgiving Pie Bar
Just in case you’re in search of a few ideas for Thanksgiving, this pie bar serves as inspiration. Behind the table I used a wood grained backdrop. Scrapbook paper letters were cut using my Cricut and placed on a chalkboard. The chalkboard sits on an easel behind the table. Next, I covered the table with a muslin cloth and used two colors of wide mesh ribbon as vertical runners. At the center back of the table, a cake stand sits atop a wooden box to hold the Pumpkin Pie. Seasonal faux flowers and berries are at the base of the stand along with mini Marie Callender’s Peach and Mixed Berry Pie.
On either side of the stand are burgundy colored wine bottles with flowers and twigs. I also used a cornucopia filled with small faux gourds and fruit baskets of apples on end of the table and a small haystack with scarecrows on one end.
The mason jars with Apple Crisp Parfaits are served on a scrapbook paper lined wooden frame. To the right and left of it are rust colored small cake stands that are sitting on a stack of wooden chargers topped with scrapbook paper. These hold the Southern Pecan hand pies. Also on the table are frap bottles filled with Southern Pecan Pie Smoothies and bottles of milk.
Dessert bars and tables can come together with a minimum amount of fuss by taking a few semi-homemade shortcuts and using items already on hand for decor. Above all else, don’t stress! If your pie crust happens to overbrown just a tad, no biggie. Maybe your initial plan included exquisite calligraphy on your labels and signage. If that didn’t happen your guests will never know. So, as long as there is food on the table, loved ones nearby and peace in your heart, you’re good to go. Happy Thanksgiving!
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