Now that Spring is finally here it’s time to trade in those heavy holiday cakes for a more lighter fare – Pies! Don’t get me wrong, I love cake but sometimes I can really go for a Cherry, Blueberry or Apple pie. If I knew how to make it (or could find one in the store) I would love to have a Rhubarb pie too. MMM…
My husband is a big fan of chocolate pies, like Chocolate Cream Pies. Those are yummy too.
If you like to make pies (or purchase pre-made pies), I thought you might enjoy these tips from the experts at Edwards Desserts and Mrs. Smith’s. That have some great advice on how take your dessert from amateur to expert without spending the entire day in the kitchen. All you need to do is thaw or bake one of their delicious treats and finish off with these tips:
Slice Pie Like A Pro: To avoid a crumbly mess, start with a sharp chef’s knife, and store both the knife and a pie server in boiling water, thoroughly drying them before cutting into the pie. The water will heat the metal, so as you cut, the knife will slightly dissolve the sugars in the pie, making for a clean break. If you’re cutting multiple slices, precut the entire pie before using the pie server to scoop the pieces out of the tin.
Transport Your Pie Without The Mess: The last ingredient you’d expect to pair with your beautifully baked cream pie is pasta, but just hear us out. Instead of risking a mussed-up whipped cream topping with a close-fitting cover during transport, stand a few strands of uncooked spaghetti or linguine in the pie and suspend a sheet of plastic wrap over the pasta. Don’t try this with toothpicks, which are likely to sink down into the pie.
Ace The Final Presentation: Once your pie is ready, scoop it into ramekins and top with whipped cream, fruit toppings or your favorite sprinkles. (As an added bonus, with each Mrs. Smith’s purchase, you’ll receive $1 off Cool Whip!) Or, why not add a fun design? Try the Cinnamon Fork – start with a clean plate and fork. Then, dust cinnamon over the fork and remove the fork. Lastly, plate the pie!
I love these tips! I especially like using pasta to keep the plastic wrap off of the pie. I would have never thought to do that. I have done it with toothpicks in the past, but I don’t always have them on hand. I always have pasta in my pantry.
I like the tip for the presentation in the ramekins. I have a few of them and I never know what to do with them. I’m going to have to try that tip one day.
We’ve been enjoying some pies from Edwards Desserts and Mrs. Smiths, compliments of free product coupons I received. Actually the Edwards Dessert pie was purchased by my husband (he forgot to bring the coupon with him) so technically the Mrs. Smith pie was free to review. There was also no compensation.
My husband just HAD to have the Hershey’s Chocolate Cream Pie. It is really good, but too chocolatey for me. That didn’t stop my husband and kids from finishing off the pie in a matter of two days! I barely had a chance to take a photo of the pie before they inhaled all of it.
It’s not that I don’t like this pie – I DO! It’s just that I am a bit lactose intolerant (not with everything, just certain things) and too much chocolate does’t sit well in my tummy. “I” love this pie – my stomach didn’t. The regular Edwards Desserts Hershey Cream Pie (Vanilla, not chocolate) works better for me. My hubby just picked this one up because he really wanted the chocolate version.
I used my free coupon to pick up a Mrs. Smiths Blueberry Pie. My kids wanted me to get apple pie but I opted for blueberry since they never had blueberry pie before and I though they would enjoy it.
This pie is PACKED with blueberries! I have never had a blueberry pie this filled with blueberries before. It was amazing! If you love blueberries and blueberry pie then you must try this pie.
I’m sorry the photo didn’t turn out so great. I had broke the crust when I was cutting slices into it (as per the instructions) so serving it got a wee bit messy. I also couldn’t find my cake server so I had to use the same utensil I use to serve ziti and lasagna which was way too big for the pie pan.
The pie was topped with Cool Whip. I should have picked up some Vanilla ice cream. I think that would have been the perfect compliment to this pie.
Both pies never stood a chance with my family. They loved them both. Best of all I am able to serve my family mouth-watering desserts without spending hours in the kitchen. All I need to do is let it thaw on the counter (Edwards Dessert Pie) or bake in the oven for an hour (Mrs. Smith Pies).
Both brands are carried by grocery stores across the country.
I have two FREE product coupons I can award to a lucky reader. The means a FREE Edwards Dessert and a FREE Mrs. Smith’s pie of the winner’s choice.
This giveaway is open to US residents and will end on April 14, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me which you are most anxious to try (or what is your favorite) – Edwards Frozen Desserts or Mrs. Smiths Pies.
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*I received coupons to try the products free to review, however one product was paid for with my own money. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.