Showing posts with label pie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pie. Show all posts

Friday, November 4, 2016

Apple Pie Bites for the Dessert Bar

This year for Thanksgiving, I plan on offering my guests a dessert bar, instead of traditional pie slices. That way everyone who wants to, can indulge with several different treats. My idea is to make all the dessert selections mini size, so the choices can be many, without seeming like too much.
I am starting with these apple pie bites. They are simple to put together, and drizzled with caramel sauce, they taste amazing! A lot of these can be made at one time, making them perfect for a dessert bar!

Apple Pie Bites
(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 16 Apple Pie Bites)
1 large Granny Smith Apple
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
2 packages of Crescent Rolls (16 total rolls) 
25 Caramel squares
1/8 cup Heavy Whipping Cream-warmed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel and core the apple. Slice each of the slices in half, so they are thinner. You will need at least 16 slices. 
In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, dark brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Unroll the package of crescent rolls and separate each piece of dough. Coat an apple slice in the sugar and cinnamon mix. Sprinkle additional sugar and cinnamon mix down the piece of dough. Roll the apple into the dough, starting on the large end.
Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. 
Start melting your caramels in a double boiler. Once they are melted, add the warm cream, just a little at a time. You might not need all of it. Stir the caramel and cream together until they are completely combined. You want the caramel to drizzle off the spoon. You can start the caramels melting at the beginning of the recipe, because they take a while to melt.
Drizzle the caramel sauce over the Apple Pie Bites and enjoy!
These taste great hot or cold, and if you want to offer a dessert bar like I plan to do, you could put the caramel in a mini slow cooker on the table, and let your guests drizzle to their hearts content!

Thanks for stopping by today! I will have more recipes for my Thanksgiving Dessert Bar soon! I hope you will stop back to see them!


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Apple Pie Bites

prep time: 40 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 55 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large Granny Smith Apple
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 2 packages of Crescent Rolls (16 total rolls)
  • 25 Caramel squares
  • 1/8 cup Heavy Whipping Cream-warmed

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel and core the apple. Slice each of the slices in half, so they are thinner. You will need at least 16 slices.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, dark brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  4. Unroll the package of crescent rolls and separate each piece of dough. Coat an apple slice in the sugar and cinnamon mix. Sprinkle additional sugar and cinnamon mix down the piece of dough. Roll the apple into the dough, starting on the large end.
  5. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Start melting your caramels in a double boiler. Once they are melted, add the warm cream, just a little at a time. You might not need all of it. Stir the caramel and cream together until they are completely combined. You want the caramel to drizzle off the spoon.
  8. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the Apple Pie Bites and enjoy!
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Red Velvet Cream Pie / #FoodieExtravaganza

I love Valentine's Day, but I try not to take it too seriously. Of course, you should show your love to those that are important to you everyday, but it is fun to send funny, lovey dovey heart cards, eat chocolate, and make Red Velvet Cream Pie! This pie is rich and sooo creamy. Add the whipped cream topping and you will be in love with this pie! Make sure you make it the day of the morning  you want to serve it. It needs 4-6 hours to set up and chill. Happy Valentine's day! 

Looking for more pie recipes? No worries! We are all about pie today at #FoodieExtravanganza. Scroll down below this post to see what everyone else made for this day!
chocolate, red coloring, graham cracker crust, whipped cream topping
Red Velvet Cream Pie

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie/#SundaySupper

Today at #SundaySupper we are honoring our grandparents by celebrating Grandparent's Day!
My grandmother passed away many years ago, but she was a wonderful cook, and I always remember her making Lemon Meringue Pie. I don't have the recipe that my Grandma used to make her creamy, luscious pie, but I found one that taste very close, and just a bite of one piece sent me back in time to another life! I love how food brings wonderful memories flooding back.  I think Grandma would like this pie!

Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie

Monday, June 29, 2015

Easy Cherry Pie Stars

To call this recipe Easy Cherry Pie Stars is really an understatement. If you have the ingredients on hand, this recipe will not take you 30 minutes, and most of that time is spent waiting for the stars to bake! This is a great little meal ender for a last minute get together, and it is wonderful for a large group because it is so easily put together! Of course, I think it's a natural for the 4th of July also!!
cherries, easy to make,pie, blueberries, confectioner's sugar, lemon
Easy Cherry Pie Stars

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cherry Pie Bites/Day 4 of 14 Days of Valentine's/#Foodie Extravaganza


 Today we are celebrating Valentine's day with
Cherry Pie Bites!

Today is also the day for 
This month's main ingredient is cherries
which makes this recipe perfect for both parties!

These Cherry Pie Bites are simple, simple, simple!
I would have loved to use fresh cherries, but I called everywhere
I could think of, and no one has fresh cherries here in North Carolina yet!
So, I used canned cherries and pre made pie crust for
the easiest pie bites ever!
Cherry Pie Bites

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Creamy Peach Hand Pies

Today I am participating in the Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge. This is a fun challenge that really gets your creativity flowing. This months two ingredients? Peaches and Cream. Can you say yum!? I wanted to make something special, and several different ideas came to mind, but these Creamy Peach Hand Pies were the clear winner! They are simple to make (I used ready made pie crust), incredibly cute, and you can be sure that whoever tastes these pies will love them!
Creamy Peach Hand Pies
(loosely adapted from A Feast for The Eyes)

3 ripe Peaches
1/4 cup Sugar plus 2 teaspoon Sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons Flour
Pinch Salt
1 1/2 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
1 large Egg Yolk
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 box unbaked Pie Shells
1 Egg,  beaten
Peel, halve, and pit your peaches.
Place your peaches in a pan on top of the stove.
Heat the peaches over medium heat until they are soft 
and the juices have emptied into the pan.  
This will help prevent the crust from becoming soggy.
This should take about 10-15 minutes.
Once the peaches are nice and soft, cut the peaches
into thin slices. Set aside.
Mix together the 1/4 cup sugar, flour and salt.
In a separate bowl , mix together the cream, egg yolk,
 vanilla and cinnamon. Add in the dry ingredients and mix 
until smooth.
Pour the cream mix over the peaches.
This is the pie mold that I used. It isn't really necessary
to use this mold to make the pies, but it is fun to use!

  Place the closed mold on the pie crust.
Cut two for each pie. One will become the 
pie top and one will become the pie bottom.
Set your mold up like this. I put 2 teaspoons of
 peaches and cream filling in each pie.
Edge each of the pie crust pieces with the beaten egg.
This will help the edges stay together.
Fold the two pie pieces together.
Pierce the pies in a few places, and sprinkle with the
2 teaspoons sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
Enjoy your pies!

Thanks for joining me today, and please check out 
all the other recipes for today's challenge!


Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sweet Potato Hand Pies!

Everything Thanksgiving has been going through my head now for about 2 or 3 weeks. I am constantly churning over ideas like menu items, seating charts, table settings, and of course ~ dessert. When I discovered that this months Improv Cooking Challenge was all about making something great with sweet potatoes and honey, I had the perfect recipe. I have been thinking about expanding the dessert course to include a dessert bar, so everyone can munch through out the day. Later after dinner, I will fill up the dessert bar with all the traditional pies and cakes and some non traditional tastes that are fun! I think these little Sweet Potato Hand Pies are perfect, and are destined to become part of our tradition!
Sweet Potato Hand Pies
(adapted from Pillsbury)
Makes 14 pies

3/4 cup of mashed Sweet Potato
1 teaspoon Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Honey
1/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
1/8 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
1 box Pillsbury refrigerated Pie Crusts, softened
1 Egg, beaten
1 tablespoon Sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Bake a fresh sweet potato in the oven
 for approx. 30-40 minutes. Let cool, and then
peel the skin off.
In a small bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, brown sugar,
honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg.
It can be mixed with a spoon and spatula.
Unroll the pie crust.
Cut out 7 4" round circles. 
I used a cookie cutters.
Place a heavy teaspoon of sweet potato
 mix onto each pie crust round, just slightly off center.
Brush the crust edges with water.
Fold the crusts in half, and then seal them by crimping
the edges together with a fork.
Brush the tops of each pie with egg, 
and sprinkle sugar over the tops.
Bake in oven for 16-18 minutes.
Enjoy hot or cold!

Check out what everyone else made:

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mini Chocolate Strawberry Pie and The Last Day of Our Giveaway!

It's the last day to enter our giveaway, and to celebrate~we made pie! Chocolate Strawberry Pie to be  exact! These pies are the perfect make ahead mini dessert for parties, family dinners, or backyard get togethers. They actually taste best if made ahead of time and then refrigerated until you are ready to eat them. They are easy to put together with filo dough crust, chocolate pastry cream and fresh strawberries!
Chocolate Strawberry Pie
(makes 16 pies)
 1 roll (1/2 box) Filo Dough
1/2 stick melted Butter
1 1/4 cups whole Milk
2 oz Semi Sweet Chocolate
3 Egg Yolks
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tablespoon Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Cocoa Powder
2 tablespoons+2 teaspoons Cornstarch
1 teaspoon Vanilla
approx 12-15 Fresh Strawberries
Whipped Cream (I used canned)
Filo is easy to work with as long as you keep it covered
at all times. It does not like air! Open your roll of filo,
set it next to your work area, and place a piece of saran wrap over the 
filo sheets. I used 5 sheets to make 4 crust cups.
 Take one filo sheet and place it on a cutting board or 
other work surface. Using a pastry brush, and starting at the 
edge, going toward the center, brush your melted butter over the filo.
When you are done, take another piece of filo from your stack,
 and place it over your buttered piece. Brush this piece just like you 
did the first one. Continue doing this until all 5 pieces are brushed with butter.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cut out 4" circle of the filo. I apologize for no pics.
I used a 4" lid and cut around it with a paring knife.
Place the filo dough into a regular size muffin tin.
It is not necessary to spray or grease the tin.
You will only get about 4 circles out of every 5 pieces.
To get sixteen pieces, do this a total of 4 times.
Bake your filo for 8-9 minutes.
Let cool and remove from pan.
In a saucepan, warm the milk on low heat. In a separate
bowl, while the milk is warming, mix together the egg yolks,
sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and cornstarch. Once the  milk
is steaming, add the semisweet chocolate to the steaming milk.
Whisk until it is fully incorporated.
Add half of the chocolate milk to the egg mix. This is 
called tempering the eggs. 
 Once you add the milk, 
whisk the egg mix constantly. You are getting the eggs
used to the heat of the milk without cooking them.
Add the milk and egg mix back into the pan 
with the rest of the milk. Keep stirring.
Heat the milk and egg mix for 1-2 minutes until the 
custard reaches 170 degrees and becomes very thick.
Remove from heat, and add vanilla.
Chill before filling crust cups.
To fill the crust, slice a strawberry into 1/4's and place 
1 piece into the bottom. Cover with chocolate pastry cream.
If you are preparing a lot of these and want to have
as much done as you can ahead of time stop here.
Do the rest right before serving.
Fill the top of the chocolate with whipped cream.
Top the whipped cream with a strawberry, sliced
lengthwise, or a whole strawberry is you have 
one that is small and not so heavy that it falls
down into the whipped cream. 
Thanks for joining me today!

This is the last day to enter our giveaway.
The giveaway closes at 11:59pm PST tonight.

You can enter by leaving me a comment telling me what your favorite mini dessert is.  
You can  go back to the post for the last week and enter on those days by leaving a comment on that page. For 2 extra entries, like us on our fan page on facebook, and follow us here at The Freshman Cook. 
 The winner will be announced tomorrow. Good Luck!!!