Can you believe that Christmas is this week? I know, it snuck up on me too!
Luckily our decorations are up, the tree is trimmed and the presents have been bought (but not wrapped yet!). All that’s really left to do is start prepping for the big holiday meal we’re hosting for the family this year. In the past, I’ve stressed out over planning the perfect holiday meal. However, I’ve picked up some #HolidaySecrets that have helped make my preparations easier and our family meal celebrations ones for the memory books.
Who wants to spend the day cooped up in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove while everyone else gets to enjoy each other’s company? Not me, that’s for sure! That’s why for the holidays, I like to plan meals that I can either make ahead of time or select recipes that once they go in the oven I can pretty much forget about until it’s time to go to the table!
This year for our Christmas meal, The Hubs and I are tag-teaming it. I’m making spinach lasagna with my homemade tomato sauce which I’ll assemble the night before . The Hubs is in charge of cooking a roast, which he’ll be making on our outdoor grill rotisserie. All we have to do to complete the dinner is make a salad and cook some veggies, which takes no time at all. We’ll be able to spend time with our kidlets, joyfully playing with their new toys as well as catch up and share some laughs with our family guests.
The best #HolidaySecrets I have though is dessert. Personally, I’m not much of a baker – but I still like to serve something that has that homemade look, feel and taste to it. So this year for our Christmas dessert I’m going to take a delicious Marie Callender’s Pie and turn it into a festive ‘homemade’ treat in just minutes!
I didn’t realize but there are quite a variety Marie Callender’s Cream and Fruit Pies available in my grocery’s freezer section including Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Lemon Meringue, Pumpkin, Cherry Crunch and Southern Pecan.
Three easy steps to make the pie, bake it on a cookie sheet for an hour, then add the crumble mix and bake for 10 more minutes and you have a hot, bubbly and yummy pie. All I need to do is to add some “homemade” touches.
Since we’re more of a fruit pie eating crowd, I’m opting for the Dutch Apple Pie. I think nothing goes better with a slice warm apple pie than some caramel oozing from it and topped with some whipped cream to cool things off!
So while the family is sitting down to enjoy dinner, I’ll make a quick trip to the kitchen and pop the pie in the oven for about an hour. Then I’ll crumble the included topping over the pie and bake for another 10 minutes. After letting the pie cool for about 45 minutes it’s time to drizzle some caramel sauce on the top of the pie and let it soak in. The final touch is to decorate with some whipped cream and drizzle just a little more caramel on top for full apple-caramel effect!
That’s it. It’s pretty effortless to make, yet it’s a totally yummy dessert!
Here are some other ways you could dress up a Marie Callender’s Dutch Apple Pie:
- Add a side of vanilla ice cream for pie a la mode
- Use chocolate syrup instead of caramel sauce to drizzle on top (or add both!)
- Make a vanilla icing design using confectionary sugar, vanilla, milk and ground cinnamon
- Make a cream cheese frosting and sprinkle some walnuts or pecans on top
- Add cherries to the crumble mix and sprinkle on top of pie and bake for 10 minutes
- Make a parfait or trifle using the pie, whipped topping and more apples
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s one of your #HolidaySecrets to share?
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