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Looking for a quick, creative dessert for the holidays? Look no further! These individual trifles are easy as a breeze to assemble; made with your favorite Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pies, then layered between clouds of whipped cream and candied pecans.
Indulge me for a moment, and imagine a home office adorned with Cherrywood antique furniture, rows of thoroughly read philosophical and theological books, and racks containing “ultra premium” wine. In the center of all of this is an antique desk occupied by my son, busily typing away at one of his assignments. It was a decidedly professorial image. Then his phone buzzes, and up pops an alert concerning a countdown marker for, of all things, an upcoming computer game. Professorial image shattered. It is here that I notice one of his antique dressers is plastered in printouts of the aforementioned title ranging from screenshots to quotes.
As the saying goes, “Men don’t grow up, they just get bigger.”
I asked him if all of this effort in tracking the release was actually worth it. He replied, quite succinctly, that “The Cake Is a Lie,” admitting that looking forward to the new title was in fact a very large part of the enjoyment – even if it wasn’t guaranteed to be rewarded. Don’t worry if you don’t recognize the Portal reference about anticipation and effort right away, since I didn’t either.
While it’s clear that the joy of anticipation is certainly cross-generational, I believe it is also cross-seasonal as well. During the holidays, for example, we plan our dinners, very often in precise detail, purposefully conjuring images of colonial homes thoroughly decked with boughs of holly, or of trolling the yuletide carols of the ancients. Some of us imagine devouring figgy pudding, or of exchanging gifts of partridges in pear trees and turtle doves while seeing the blazing yule before us, and of striking a harp and joining the chorus.
Then the holiday turns about, and we realize, frankly, that we don’t know what even half of that means. My foyer is thoroughly devoid of boughs of holly, not that I’m sure I would know where to find any, and no, I didn’t bother asking for partridges or pear trees at my local Walmart, since I’m quite certain gift-wrapping either would be nigh on impossible.
Regardless of whether or not everything falls precisely into place or not for my holiday get-togethers, I always make sure that the real focus of the night, the food, always exceeds my own expectations. To do that, this year I decided to take a little bit of a different approach to my dessert table, and specifically to the centerpiece itself.
While I typically opt for the more traditional grain cake and pyramids of struffoli (honey balls) as my centerpiece, I decided that, while I would certainly still be serving both of those, that center stage would see a new actor in this year’s holiday gathering. This year, I would “Share the Joy of Pie,” and I decided to assemble a layered holiday themed trifle complete with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and candied pecans.
Aside from looking as warm and as festive as the season demands, it simply could not be easier to prepare. To begin, I purchased a pair of Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pies, the Dutch Apple Pie and the Cherry Crunch Pie, and a few cans of Reddi-Wip® during my aforementioned run to Walmart.
To start things, simply prepare the pies as directed on the box.
Now, here’s where things get messy. Break up the pies, though not together, and then place them in separate bowls. Now, in each glass, place a layer of the cherry pie, and cover it with a bed of whipped cream, candied pecans and chocolate syrup. Then layer the apple pie over the whipped cream, and repeat until each glass is full. TO finish it off, decorate the top with the remaining whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup and an additional sprinkling of the pecans.
It really is just that simple.Print
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