They're easy to make thanks to pre-made pie crusts and will get you tons of compliments, both for flavor and presentation–seriously, they're adorable. Andrea Smetona's EASY AS PIE POPS has tons of recipes perfect for the season, including Peppermint Pudding, Mint Fudge, and Pumpkin Cheesecake, not to mention brunch-inspired savory pops such as Breakfast Casserole and Hot Ham & Cheese.
Anne whipped up a batch of Honeyed Fig pie pops to bring to a white elephant party last weekend and they were a huge hit. Read on for the how-to and don't forget that this Sunday, December 15 is the last day to enter to win a copy of EASY AS PIE POPS and other cooking and crafting books (details after the break).
1 recipe Homemade Pie Pop Crust (p. 13 in the book) or 4 unbaked store-bought or homemade 9" diameter pie crusts
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened (Anne used Neufchatel)
1/2 cup whipping cream (Anne substituted Half and Half)
1 large egg, plus the white of another for basting
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
5 cups brown or black figs, chopped small
Olive oil, for garnish
Fresh rosemary, for garnish
Other tools needed:
Basting brush (silicone is recommended)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a large baking sheet, or line with parchment paper (Anne's note: wax paper and parchment paper are not the same! Wax paper will melt, so make sure you're using the correct one).
Prepare the filling by mixing together the cream cheese, cream, egg, brown sugar, flour, salt and honey. Toss in the chopped figs and stir. Pour into a 9" diameter pie dish and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before using in pie pops.
Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
Lay out the 12 bottom crusts on the prepared baking sheet. Using a basting brush, coat each bottom crust with egg white. Press the cookie stick firmly into the center of each bottom crust.
Dollop a 1-1/2 inch bit of the cooled fig mixture in the center of each bottom crust. Place a top crust over the filling and press firmly around the sides to seal the pie pop, making sure to start by firmly crimping the edges around the cookie stick to ensure it stays in place.
After all the pops are sealed and pressed, brush olive oil on each top crust and sprinkle with fresh rosemary.
Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until the crust is nice and golden. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Try your best not to eat all the pie pops before you get to the party/brunch/potluck (Anne highly recommends eating one or two for quality control purposes).Read more
Let's not overlook the obvious—books make great gifts. Need ideas? Check out #libfaves13 to find out what your colleagues think are the best books of the year.
Sadly, it's sold out but we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the Tommy Hilfiger Book Dress. Perfect for every day wear. (Truly. We kind of really do want to wear it EVERY DAY!)
UPDATE 12/11/13: The votes are in and Macmillan has 4 books on the Librarian Favorite 2013 list!
1. ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
2. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell (also the September #1 LibraryReads pick!)
8. HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny (also the September #2 LibraryReads pick!)
10. (tied) THE HUMAN DIVISION by John Scalzi
View the full list of winners here. Thank you to everyone who voted!
Here's a look at some of the Macmillan-nominated favorites throughout the week:
If you’re a mere marketer (like us) join us by listing your 2013 faves on Twitter using hashtag #libmktgfaves13.
Happy reading and happy sharing!Read more
Who's going shopping this weekend? We are, too. If you don't have a good hiding spot for your gifts, why not wrap them right away? Better yet, wrap them creatively without paper or tape! In WRAPAGAMI, Jennifer Playford shows you how to wrap boxes, bottles and even odd-shaped items like dishes and cookie tins (Anne's excited about that one). It's eco-friendly and depending on the fabric you use, can serve as two gifts in one (ex: a scarf wrapped around a jewelry box).
Today, Anne's going to demonstrate a wrap that most of us should find very useful: the Single Book Wrap. She didn't have extra fabric lying around the house but found that a dish towel worked perfectly well for this example (Gift idea: kitchen gadgets wrapped in a dish towel! See how easy that two-in-one idea is?).
Enjoy! And don't forget that you can enter to win a copy of THE NEW JEWISH TABLE and other cooking and crafting books (see details after the recipes).Read more
Our adventure has come to an end. Our favorite book has been recovered and we’ve passed it on to one of our favorite librarians and she recommended it to her favorite reader. And the lesson learned here is that Macmillan’s Library Marketing team has the book you’ve always wanted to read!Read more
Here are some popularly requested and newly available e-books that might be of interest to your library:
How does a book find its way into your hands and heart?
If you’re a librarian, your first stop is Macmillan’s Library Marketing team – a department of two highly skilled book addicts trained in the dark arts of reading, recommending and match-making. But how do we actually pair the “right” book with the “right” reader? Thanks to our pals at Unshelved, here’s the very first installment of a behind-the-scenes look at how we do what it is we do... Stay tuned to see what happens next! (Vol. 2 now available here.)