Before the holidays I was contacted by Lucky Leaf asking me if I’d be willing to try their new and improved fillings. Having never made a pie of my own and wanting to do so, I accepted.
About Lucky Leaf Premium Pie Fillings
Since 1949 Lucky Leaf has stayed true to its mission of providing simple, delicious dessert products for families across the United States by constantly improving our products to meet the changing needs of our customers.
At first, Lucky Leaf was solely dedicated to fresh applesauce. But as the American woman became too busy to make her delicious homemade pies from scratch, we took care of the hard part and started making ready-to-use apple pie filling. In no time, Lucky Leaf Ready-To-Use Apple Pie Filling hit the shelves and those delicious apple pies were back on windowsills across America.
With the success of our apple pie filling, America’s appetite for Lucky Leaf grew. We responded to America’s hunger by expanding our line of flavors. That’s why today you have a number of delicious varieties like our line of Premium Cherry, Apple, Blueberry, Lemon, Red Raspberry, Lite, and Crème in your grocery stores — so you can make whichever type of pie you want quickly and easily.
I received two cans of Premium Pie Filling – Apple and Strawberry, as well as a pie pan, a can opener and a copy of the Made With Love And Lucky Leaf Recipe Book which contains contest-winning recipes that were tested and approved by the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen. I wanted to start out as simple as possible so I decided to make an apple pie. I had temporarily misplaced the pie pan so I used another one I had. This may sound funny but I wasn’t 100% sure if any special steps were needed because there aren’t directions on the pie filling can. I realized after the fact that this was probably because there are so many ways to use pie filling.
I laid an uncooked pie crust into the pan, poured the filling into that and then placed another uncooked pie crust on top and pierced it. I baked it until it looked done, very scientific huh?
Upon removing it from the oven my suspicions were confirmed – I should have used more pie filling in my pan or just used a smaller pan. That’s about when the glass pie pan that they’d sent to me turned up. Ironic, huh? The pie was good, as good or better than the premade ones and boxed ones from the grocery store. The filling tasted fresh and delicious. What impressed us the most about the filling is that it was almost all fruit, rather than almost all juice and water with a little fruit.
Given courage by the fact that the pie hadn’t burnt, my house hadn’t caught fire and noone needed to go to the hospital I decided to continue my quest to bake things using some recipes from the book. My favorites so far are the Easy Apple Cheese Danish and the Strawberries & Cream Chocolate Muffins. I liked the fillings and picked up some more. I used Strawberry Filling over pound cake with whipped cream, as well as over waffles. The next thing I want to make is the Sweet & Hot Apple Slow Cooker Pork, I think it’d be awesome on a cold evening. The book is easy to read and understand and full of pictures. I was really surprised at all of the ways you can use a can of pie filling. I was pleased to learn that many of the Lucky Leaf pie fillings are now sweetened with natural sugar and have no high fructose corn syrup.
Lucky Leaf products are available in grocery stores nationwide, just use the Lucky Leaf store locator to help you find the location nearest to you. They offer regular, lite and creme pie fillings, as well as apple sauce, apple juice, apple butter and a few other specialty products. I absolutely adore apple butter and have had a hard time finding a good one in the grocery store. I’ll be on the lookout for the Lucky Leaf Apple Butter so I can check that out.
Lucky Leaf is currently holding a cool contest called the Taste Of New York Giveaway. In this contest one (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive two (2) tickets to the Rachael Ray show in New York City, a $1,000 spending allowance for airfare/train fare/cab fare/hotel/overnight accommodations, lunch for two at one of Rachael Ray’s favorite New York City restaurants, a guided tour of the Every Day with Rachael Ray and Taste of Home offices in New York City, a Lucky Leaf gift basket valued at $50 and a gift basket containing Every Day with Rachael Ray and Taste of Home cookbooks, tools and cookware valued at $500. Thirteen (13) weekly winners will receive a Lucky Leaf cookbook valued at $10.00 each. To enter all you need to do is complete the entry form. The contest ends 01/30/10 so hurry!
The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.