Posts Tagged ‘Pie Toppings’

Dressing Up Store-Bought Pies: Cranberry Crunch Pie Topping

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Pumpkin pie rarely needs an adornment more than a little whipped cream on top…that is, until I decided a crunchy cranberry pie topper would be a fun way to ad a little sparkle to a piece of pie. This cranberry crunch topper is the perfect way to add a little sweetness of crushed cookies, adds that tart bite from the cranberries to the top of your pies, and rounds out the crunchy flavor with freshly toasted walnuts.

A quick whirl through your food processor is all these ingredients need to pull together for a quick homemade topper for those store-bought pies. Set out a few of these fun toppings with your favorite store-bought pie or homemade pumpkin pies this year.

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends! I will be offline preparing to host my own family for the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your own families!

Cranberry Crunch Pie Topping
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Serves: 8
 
A simple pie topping created with toasted almonds, tart cranberries, and your favorite cookie
Ingredients
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 4 ounces frozen cranberries
  • 1 (2.3-ounce) package amaretto cookies (about 12) or (if your store doesn't carry those, like mine) Vanilla Wafers (about 12)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Put the pecans on a baking sheet and bake them for 10 minutes to toast them.
  2. Remove them from the oven and let them cool.
  3. Thaw the cranberries in a strainer set over a bowl to catch the liquid.
  4. Put the cookies, pecans, and cranberries into a food processor and pulse them a few times until they are coarsely chopped.
  5. Sprinkle the topping evenly over your pie and serve immediately.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers.

Source: Food Network

 

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Dressing Up Store-Bought Pies: Spiced Whipped Cream Recipe

Monday, November 19th, 2012

I remember when I thought that making whipped cream was a labor-intensive process. Ah, I have had so much to learn in the kitchen. Whipped cream is simply one of these easiest pie toppings to make and spicing up your whipped cream is an easy way to add a personal touch to a store-bought pie.

This spiced whipped cream recipe will bring an extra layer of spice to your pies that your guests will absolutely love. The best part is that this easy spiced whipped cream topping can be created in under 5 minutes and with a couple of items you probably already have lurking in your pantry.

In a perfect world we would all be making handmade pumpkin pies made with homemade crusts. I thoroughly love baking, but I also know that it isn’t for everyone. For those of my friends who prefer to put their love in other elements of the holiday, I am going to show some easy ways to spice up those store-bought pies that will take those pies to another level.

Before I became acquainted with the kitchen, I really thought whipped cream was just Cool Whip and homemade whipped cream was a powder that you added water to that made whipped cream.

I really did.

Yes.

I.

Did.

Of course, I know a few more things than I did 10 years ago, but it still makes me giggle to know how detached I was from the culinary world. Whipped cream is actually just heavy whipping cream, whipped until it forms peaks and you can add your own spin on sweeteners, spices, and extracts to create your own unique combination of sweet and spicy. It’s perhaps the simplest and most satisfying of pie toppings.

This Spiced Whipped Cream gets its hint of spices from ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and a little sugar. It is the perfect accompaniment to your pumpkin or pecan pies for the holidays.

Tomorrow I will share with you one other fun topping to try on your pies along with some fun ideas for entertaining the kids! 

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Spiced Whipped Cream
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Serves: 4
 
Spice up your store-bought pies with this easy Spiced Whipped Cream topping!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup chilled whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
Instructions
  1. Beat whipping cream, sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon ginger in bowl until peaks form. Spoon on top of slices of pie.


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