Make Ahead Pumpkin Squares

Make Ahead Pumpkin Squares with Cream Cheese Frosting

These yummy little treats are a favourite among my family and friends.  They give you a hit of pumpkin pie for fewer calories than a whole piece of pie would be.  The cream cheese frosting is piped on so you get the salty, sweet effect again with fewer calories than a full coverage frosting. Continue reading “Make Ahead Pumpkin Squares with Cream Cheese Frosting”

Apple Pie with Cider Ice Cream

Apple Pie

This is another of my favourite recipes.  I just got fresh, fresh, Ontario apples at our market and they were outstanding in this pie.  I heard on a radio program once that most of the apples we can buy in our supermarkets are at least four months old by the time they hit the shelf.  I know apples keep if properly stored but it sure makes a difference if you can source some fresh apples in season from an orchard or market near you.

This pie uses my Easy Pie Crust recipe and the filling is generous.  I was afraid that my top crust was going to be too thin by the time I got it big enough to cover the mound of filling but it forced me to roll it out thinly and it was wonderful.

I like this recipe because it cooks long and at a bit lower heat.  Often pie recipes start the first 15 minutes at 425 degrees and then reduce to 350 or 375 degrees. I find my crust is always too brown when I do this.  With the even temperature on this bake time my crust was a light golden brown.

You will want to bake this with a pan underneath to catch any juices.  There is so much filling in this pie you will definitely need it.

I served it with Apple Cider Ice Cream for a double apple hit!