Tonawanda News — I’ve found that the easiest way to get your friends over to “ooh” and “aah” over your Christmas decorations is to throw out the idea of a sit-down dinner party and invite them over for dessert. This works because you can start the party later than normal, giving you and your guests time to cross a few things off your to-do list before the party. As an added bonus, you don’t have to spend hours cooking an elaborate dinner.
Here’s my super-secret 30-minute apple pie recipe you’ll want to make over and over again:
30-minute apple pie
5 medium Macintosh apples peeled, and diced
1/2 stick of butter, unsalted
2 tablespoons fresh honey
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 packages crescent rolls from the refrigerator case
Line a pre-coated glass pie plate with one package of crescent rolls. Cut off excess.
In a sauce pan, combine the diced apples, butter, honey and orange zest and cook on medium heat until the apples have softened, stirring occasionally.
Fill pie plate with apple mixture and top with one package of crescent rolls cut into strips and laid in a lattice pattern. Bake in an oven at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Serve with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate and you’ll be asked to bring dessert to every party in the new year.
There you have it, quick and simple tips for creating beautiful Christmas memories of outstanding decorations and delicious desserts to tuck in nicely with the ones you are sure to make with your family and friends. Enjoy the magic of Christmas, and happy New Year.
Artie Vanderpool is an award-winning interior designer based out of Western New York. Contact him at www.vanderpool-design.com.