Oh, Springtime. I want to hang up my oven mitts for good, open the window to the fresh air, and just order in for the rest of eternity.
But I have kids. And kids love to cook.
So here’s my secret weapon:
A bakeless, easy, cheap, and quick
and ridiculously delicious pie
with lots and lots of hands-on kid-friendly parts.
The recipe is called (drumroll please):
Sunny Cloud Mini-Pies
I have no idea why. Maybe because they are yellow and fluffy, but “baby chick pies” gave the wrong idea?
Here are the ingredients:
1 cup Vanilla Wafers
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup softened butter (not melted – get it?)
4 oz softened cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 or 2 peeled lovely bananas
Small can of crushed pineapple (drained)
Some Cool Whip
Raspberries for garnish
And here’s the five steps:
1) Smash the Vanilla Wafers into crumbs (I put mine into a Ziploc, but you might be insane and enjoy cleaning crumbs out of the corners of your kitchen)
2) Mix crumbs with melted butter in medium bowl. Press to cover the bottom of ramekins or small pie tins or rubber cupcake holders or whatever you are going to fill with pie. (N.B. – if you wish to make a whole pie, double the recipe and get ready to pass out from sugar shock)
3) In large mixing bowl cream softened butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar until whole thing is smooooooth. Spread mixture over crust.
4) Spread drained pineapple over cream cheese mixture. Slice bananas and place over pineapple.
5) Spoon Cool Whip over bananas. Add Raspberries for garnish. Cover & Chill until you are ready to eat it (can sit all day in fridge, or one hour is fine)
These little pie thingies are gorgeous.
They are fruity.
They are creamy.
They are tart and sweet and light and airy.
And most importantly, they do not use the oven at all.
Milda DeVoe is the founder and executive director of Pen Parentis. Pen Parentis offers a $1,000 Fellowship to fiction writers who are new parents (must have one child under ten to be eligible) to help them stay on creative track. Winners are invited to read their work alongside established writers in September 2014 in Manhattan, and the winning story will be published by Brain/Child Magazine (application deadline April 16th and guidelines on penparentis.org).