Friday, November 30, 2012

Easy as Pie

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Smith's. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you noticed that it is pie season?  We can't host a holiday gathering without a selection of delicious pies, can we?  I have a love-hate relationship with pies.  The love part is easy.  I love to eat pie.  The hate part is related to the fact that of all the things I cook, I am least successful with pies. That means my stress level goes up whenever pies are on the menu. 

Are you like me?  I really think it is all about practice makes perfect, but when you don't have the time to practice, practice practice, then why not turn to experts?  That's where Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish pies can be a wonderful help.  Mrs. Smith's new line of Deep Dish Pies with sauces and icings make it easy for you to customize your pies prior to serving.  My family is particularly fond of cherry pie and pumpkin pie this time of year, so of course I selected those to try first.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the Signature Deep Dish Cherry Pie with Butter Fudge Sauce box was the weight of the pie.  There was no skimping on the ingredients for this pie.  Within an hour the pie was baked and cooling on my counter.  The pie smelled so delicious that we were unable to wait the recommended two hours before serving.

A snip on the corner of the plastic Butter Fudge Sauce packet allowed me to drizzle the chocolate sauce over the pie and the vanilla ice cream.  When my son said he loved the contrast of the sweet chocolate fudge sauce with the tartness of the cherries I knew this pie was a winner.

Since the cherry pie was such a success my family was eager to try the Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie with Cream Cheese Icing.  Again, I was impressed with the size and weight of the pie.  It took about 90 minutes to bake and this time I baked the pie early enough in the day to allow for proper cool down.  I decided to really gild the lily with this pie by serving it with both the cream cheese icing and a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Beat the heavy cream in a chilled bowl with your electric mixer.  As the cream begins to froth, slowly add the sugar and the vanilla.  Once thickened, add the cinnamon, a little at a time, until you reach the level of cinnamon flavor your desire.

Oh, my!  The consistency of the pumpkin custard in this pie was perfect.  We enjoyed every last bite.  There are two more Mrs' Smith's Signature Deep Dish pies standing by in my freezer to be tried in the next few weeks, the Signature Deep Dish Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce and the Signature Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Icing.
The folks at Mrs. Smith's Pies have been kind enough to provide me with a generous offer for one of my readers.  You can enter to win a $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card and a coupon for a free Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish Pie by commenting on this page.  Just mention which of the four deep dish pie flavors you would like to try and what you would buy with the Williams-Sonoma gift card.  Facebook users can follow Just One Donna and Mrs. Smith's Pies on Facebook.  Fellow pinners can follow me and Mrs. Smith's Pies on Pinterest.  The winner will be selected randomly on December 7th.  Good Luck!

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  1. Deep Dish Peach sounds yummy!! can't wait to try it!

  2. I am a dessert girl all the way!!!!!!!! And so I NEED that Deep Dish Cherry Pie with Butter Fudge Sauce! Mmmmm....! I always buy Mrs. Smiths!
    As for William Sonoma I need a new sautee pan desperately. One that will last and be safe for my family.

    Thank you! (PS: I am now starving!)

  3. I would love to try the Signature Deep Dish Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce and I would love to get some new throw pillows from WS! Thanks!

  4. I loooooooooove the apple pie! Seriously, I grew up on it. I was such a picky eater but Mrs. Smith's Dutch Apple Pie was one of my all time favorites. Would love to have my girls try it.

  5. I want the deep dish Dutch Apple!

  6. I will have to try this Donna, I've never been good making a pie crust. I'm more of a cooker baker. Pies were always such a challenge!

  7. Deep dish peach would be my favorite!! If I won the gift card, I would most likely use it towards the purchase of a new kitchen tool, most likely a better imersion blender.


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