In case you missed it, last week I posted this uh.mazing apple pie recipe from my Aunt Raye-Dean. And this weekend I had several girlfriends over to bake apple pies! Who knew baking with a group of girls could be so fun? Especially when you have active toddlers at home, an afternoon with a bunch of other moms is so sweet! And when you get to knock out some of your Thanksgiving baking at the same time, it’s even sweeter – no pun intended.
Here was our supply set up —
Though I love making my own pie crust, that really isn’t always practical for the holidays, since there is soo much cooking to do! So we decided to use Great Value pre-made pie crusts, which come rolled in a 2-pack at Walmart. I love the convenience of these! Coring, peeling, and chopping 40+ apples was work enough without having to make pie crust! We were happy to have these pre-made! (For the record, Great Value also make crescent roll and biscuit doughs as well, making it easy for all of your baking needs this Thanksgiving!)
We found it easiest and most efficient to split up into different teams – two on apples, one on dry ingredients and mixing, and two on pie crust decorating.
Katie showed us how to do lattice. It was so much easier than I thought!
We also made these cute mini apple pies, inspired by Domestic Dilletante.
Here is a group shot of our lovely bakers and apple pies!
And here are our final products! Fancy, right?
We made all of these pies at our baking party, baked a couple and then took the rest home to be baked. There just wasn’t enough time or oven space to bake them all!
Also, since we made these on a Saturday and I wanted to save mine for Thanksgiving day on Thursday, I decided to freeze mine! I know I could have just left it in the fridge, but I hoped freezing it would keep it fresh longer. So after baking it and allowing it to completely cool, I wrapped the pie in foil and then in saran wrap, keeping any air from getting in. Then I placed in the freezer. On Wednesday we will drive to see family, and I plan to take it out of the freezer and allow it to thaw on our car drive and continue to thaw overnight. I will place it in the oven at around 200F for a half hour or until it is completely warm and ready to serve! Wish me luck!
Not only was this recipe killer, but the baking party idea was a total success! We all enjoyed girl time and being able to get some baking done! I will be doing more of these for future holidays… or maybe just for fun too!!
Do you all host baking parties?
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