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Do you plan on hosting an Easter party for family and friends? Maybe you’re helping with the neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt? I’m sharing a few tips to make an Easter party as easy as pie. Throwing a party, even an impromptu one, doesn’t have to be elaborate or difficult. With a little planning and a trip to the grocery store, you can host a pretty little party; I’m even sharing a simple recipe for a Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cobbler. Yes, I just said that: it’s an apple pie cobbler.
Doesn’t this look yummy? It’s a MRS. SMITH’S® Original Flaky Crust Apple Pie crumbled up into a cobbler mixture and filled with salted caramel candy chips. My family went crazy over this creation. You can’t recreate it by just using a basic cobbler recipe, apples, and the candy chips because the addition of the pie crust creates a different texture and flavor. It’s great eaten plain, but a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream sends it over the top.
Frozen pies come in handy for lots of occasions. I generally purchase them when they’re on sale and store them in the freezer. I can defrost what I need, when I need it, without running to the grocery store every time. They’re easy to present and serve. If you need a carefree dessert for several people and you want to offer options, a variety of pies makes it easy. I used three pies when I set up for this party, the MRS. SMITH’S® Original Flaky Crust Apple Pie, EDWARDS® Turtle Crème Pie, and an EDWARDS® Vanilla Caramel Crème Pie. I plated each of them on cake stands to make them look a little more festive.
Aren’t those pies pretty? They were so good. Jeremy’s favorite was the Vanilla Caramel Creme Pie but mine was the Turtle Pie.
I’ve learned to keep things simple when I’m hosting parties. When I keep things simple, I have more time to relax and spend time with my guests. I keep a list of recipes or party platters that can be created quickly, and stored easily.
My go-to recipes are:
- Pasta salad loaded with fresh veggies or a fresh sliced vegetable platter.
- Sandwiches or chili/soup
- Fruit platter or fruit parfaits
I’ll often add chips, pretzels, or some other salty snack alternative. My son’s favorite is cheddar popcorn, so I often have bags of that already on hand.
I make a Red Pepper Cheese spread that is a delicious alternative to lunch meat. You can find that recipe here. It is equally good on crackers or bread, and it can be made a day or two ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
I generally try to cook at least one dish when I’m throwing a party; this Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cobbler was my cooked dish. I have to admit, I had to overcome some serious reservations before I began this recipe, so I’ll just go ahead and put this out there: Don’t feel weird about hacking up a perfectly lovely pie. It’s worth it. Apple pie tastes great alone, but there’s something funny and slightly special about this recipe.
- MRS. SMITH’S® Original Flaky Crust Apple Pie
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup salted caramel candy chips
- Preheat oven according to pie package directions
- Bake MRS. SMITH’S® Original Flaky Crust Apple Pie for 20 mins
- Allow it to cool
- Grease a 13x9 baking dish
- Place heaping spoonfuls of pie scattered into the bottom of the baking dish
- Sprinkle salted caramel chips over broken pie
- Mix flour, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until it creates a thick batter.
- Pour it over broken pie and chips
- Pour melted butter across the entire mixture
- Bake at 350F for 25-30 mins or until golden brown
I know the recipe sounds odd, but it’s definitely worth a try; Especially you like a good buttery crust.
I pulled a few decorations from around the house. I keep a box of inexpensive decor for each season or holiday that I can mix and match. I picked up most of these decorations at our local dollar type store. I was so happy the sun was shining so I could set this party up outside on our porch. Sunshine, front porches, sweet tea, and delicious pie just all seem to fit together perfectly. Simple touches like filling clear vases with plastic eggs and scattering them around the table add a bit of whimsy.
I love the handiest of pie, and pie is definitely easy when it’s frozen. Mrs. Smith’s pies are the only frozen fruit pie made with real butter, and everything is better with butter. Edwards pies come in a wide variety. You can find both brands at your local Walmart. I personally love them because they’re handy. Like I mentioned, I wait until they’re on sale or I can find a coupon, and stock them in my freezer to help with entertaining or with a sudden sweet tooth from someone in the house. Currently there is an Ibotta offer for Edwards and Mrs. Smith’s pies.
Are you planning an Easter party? I hope you’ll check out Edwards and Mrs. Smith’s pies, and maybe even try my Salted Caramel Apple Pie recipe; Pie is good no matter how you slice it.