Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Late Night Indulgence
My husband and I have a late night tradition. After the kiddos are tucked quietly in their beds and enjoying a peaceful slumber, we bake ourselves a batch of Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies with walnuts....ummm, uummm, good! Then we pour ourselves a giant cup of milk with ice and sit down with a good movie. It's sneaky, and I LOVE it! We've done this at least once a month for years. Well, I stopped by our local HEB tonight to grab a package of our usual indulgence and there was a sign posted where the cookies should have been, "To Our Valued Customers: Many of our products are not in stores this week...blah blah blah...sorry for your inconvenience." My reaction..."WHAT!!!!! I just drove all the fricken way over here, on the coldest night this year, FREEZING my hieny off in FLIP FLOPS and NO COOKIES!!!" As you can probably imagine, I was quite livid! However, I gathered myself together and walked over to the freezer section to find a suitable alternative. Low and behold...Marie Callendar's Dutch Apple Pie... I grabbed one and headed for the checkout lines. Once home, I began reading the directions for preparation and noticed that this wasn't your usual frozen pie. It reads something like this: Bake pie for 50 minutes pull pie out and sprinkle topping onto pie and bake for another 10-15 minutes, pie will be perfectly golden brown. I'm like...I gotta see this! Most frozen dutch apple pies aren't perfectly golden brown when they are done. Anyhoo, I must say this package is not lying. The pie was so beautiful when it was done that I didn't want to cut it. Here's the thing though, I made a few alterations. I added some chopped walnuts to the crumb topping, baked it for the 15 minutes and then added a caramel topping to that. Can you say OMG....That thang was GOOD! I just want to say "Thank You Marie Callender for being there when we really needed you and that I admire you in all your true awesomness!"
Tollhouse who??? Our new late night indulgence is in the freezer section and maybe I'll just shoot for losing 10lbs. before May:)
Posted by Mama Know Best at 11:58 PM