Easy Pie Recipes for Every Craving

When cooler weather hits we start craving more decadent and cozy treats. No matter what you are craving, Wind & Willow’s vault of recipes has the perfect dessert for you. Today we are talking about the quintessential dessert: pie. Apple, pumpkin, and everything in between. We are listing our favorite pies to get cozy season started!

When you want the most gooey apple pie:

Caramel Apple Pie

Use Wind & Willow Caramel Apple Cider Mix to create this Caramel Apple pie. No need to measure every spice in your cabinet, simply lightly saute peeled and cored apple slices in butter, sprinkle with flour and the Cider Mix, and use it to fill a pre-made (unbaked) pie crust. After cooking at 350 for 25 minutes, the resulting pie is caramel filled and difficult to stop eating!

When you just want a bite…

Caramel Apple Tart

For individually portioned apple pies that don’t require the oven or peeling apples, try the Caramel Apple Tart recipe. Combine the Caramel Apple Cheeseball Mix with flour, water, salt, and chopped apples and simmer on the stove for 20 minutes. Fill small tart cups with the filling. Whipped topping and caramel sauce are optional garnishes for this recipes, but they truly send the tarts over the edge to perfection!

When you want apple pie, but creamier…

Caramel Apple Cream Pie

For this creamy take on classic apple pie, heat apple pie filling on the stove, add cream cheese and the Caramel Apple Cheeseball Mix, and pour the mixture into a graham cracker crust. This recipe could not be simpler, or more delicious!

When you want to feel like a fancy French chef…

Creme Brulee Pie

Wind & Willow Creme Brulee Cheeseball & Dessert Mix makes it easy to impress guests! You will just need the mix, a pie crust, cornstarch, butter, and heavy cream to make this masterpiece. Check out the full directions here.

When you are craving pumpkin…

Pumpkin Spice Custard Pie

Caught with a pumpkin craving, but don’t have pumpkin on hand? No worries! Wind & Willow Pumpkin Pie Cheeseball & Dessert Mix has you covered. This recipe is our twist on classic pumpkin pie.

When you want something decadent…

Turtle Cheesecake

This decadent recipe is on the back of the Turtle Cheesecake package! It is our classic quick cheesecake, but it is truly the garnishes that make it shine! Prepare the Turtle Cheesecake Mix using the package quick cheesecake directions, but opt for a chocolate graham crust. Garnish the pie with chocolate and caramel sauces, along with the included pecan topping, for the most decadent quick cheesecake!

When you want something savory…

Cheesy Bacon Broccoli Quiche

For all the people without much of a sweet tooth, this one is for you! Pies truly come in all forms, and quiche is our favorite savory option. Use Cheesy Bacon Dip Mix to add a punch of flavor in this easy recipe.

Pies, Pies, Pies…

…And that isn’t even all the pies! If you are still craving something different check out these recipes: Quick Pumpkin Cheesecake, Sweet Potato Pie, Cherry Cherry Cheesecake, Elegant Fruit Tarts, Mini Dessert Tarts, No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie, Classic Quick Cheesecake, and Key Lime Cheesecake Tart. If we start counting pizza “pie” recipes then the options are truly endless!

We can’t wait to hear what your favorite pie is! Tag us @windandwillow foods on Instagram and Facebook to tell us which pie you are planning to make. All tagged photos have the chance to be featured on our page. We especially love seeing the new recipes you come up with. So get creative and show us your work! Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Pinterest for even more delicious content!

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How to Create a Brunch Board

Creating a brunch board can take something simple, like bagels and cream cheese, and elevate it into something special.  Turn a few humble ingredients into the unexpected centerpiece of a gathering. We love giving our guests the opportunity to pick and choose their favorite bagel and toppings.  Each bite can be unique and creative. Follow this step-by-step guide to create a beautiful brunch board using ingredients you likely have on hand.

Choose your Spread

Start by preparing two or more of your favorite Wind & Willow Cheeseballs. On our board we used two sweet Cheeseballs, Carrot Cake and Lemon Blueberry, but you could also mix in a savory Cheeseball to give more options. Whether you choose sweet, savory, or a combination, starting with Wind & Willow is a must for creating the best gourmet spread!

Once your cheeseballs are prepared, place them on the board. This could be any food safe tray, cutting board, or even a sheet pan! Placing the cheeseballs in a bowl first is optional, but helps to contain them.

Add Some Color

Next, place fruit around the tray. Here, we chose berries, but depending on what cheeseballs you use, pair whatever fruit you like! If using savory cheeseballs, traditional savory toppings like tomatoes and red onions would be perfect in place of fruit.

Waffles, Bagels, and Toast… oh my!

Add waffles, toast, or bite sized pancakes to the board. Adding at least one option in addition to bagels ensures that everyone will have something they love. Plus, it makes the board look beautiful.

Finally, add a variety of mini bagels. The small size fits perfectly on the board and also means guests can try more than one flavor combination!

Serve this board as is or alongside savory fare and cocktails for a full brunch effect!

Brunch Made Easy

Using Wind & Willow Cheeseball Mixes takes a breakfast that could come across as pretty boring and turns it into a colorful centerpiece full of flavor! Gathering quality ingredients and being intentional about placement on your board makes all the difference in the world.  We love taking simple everyday moments, like breakfast with your family, and elevating it to a moment full of memories! 

We would love to see how you use Wind & Willow products to spruce up your brunch! We are on PinterestFacebook, and Instagram @windandwillowfoods. Tag us for a chance to be featured on our page.

NEW! Limited Time Spring Flavors

We have some fresh new ideas for 2021! New, limited time-only Spring Seasonal Cheeseball Mixes. No need to wait for warm weather to bring a little sunshine to your shelves. Seasonal flavors in bright, fun packaging evoke thoughts of sweet, simpler times. Faded denim blue and soft polka dots, fresh daisies and fresh new flavors! This year it’s all about fresh, fun, and bright. Are you in?

Lemon Blueberry

Lemon and Blueberry is a flavor match made in heaven. Sweet and tangy, this duo makes us think of picking blueberries and drinking lemonade. We cannot get enough!

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake has it all: sweet carrots, crunchy nuts, cinnamon, spice, and that decadent cream cheese icing! Get all of the things you love without going to the trouble of baking a cake. Plus, it is much easier to spread on bagels!

Brighten Up Brunch

The best part about our mixes is that they give you an easy way to dress up everyday gatherings. You can easily create a spring bagel board that is sure to impress. Simply prepare the Lemon Blueberry and Carrot Cake Cheeseballs, place on an extra-large serving tray surrounded with toasted bagels, waffles, and fruit. Minimal effort with maximum brunch effect!