Easy as Pie

Fall baking for the domestically challenged from Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma and the Barefoot Contessa

By Lisa Petty
|  Monday, Apr 19, 2010  |  Updated 8:08 AM CDT
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Easy as Pie

Everybody wants a slice.

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HOT STUFF:  “Oh, honey – you baked!”  Even if you’re more of a Clueless Cher than a Betty Crocker, pulling off flawless fall treats is easier than ever before.  …Um, just don’t forget to set a timer. 

For starters, we love the Wilton Giant Cupcake Cake Pan.  In tough cast aluminum with a fool-proof nonstick interior, it takes cake mix and canned frosting from “eh” to “aaaah” with just about zero additional effort.  Gotta love that.  Get yours for $30 from Sur La Table and you’ll be the hit of the party.

SUGAR AND SPICE:  Nothing says comfort like the warm aroma of apples and cinnamon wafting through the air.  Put a spin on traditional (and often ho-hum) pie with Williams-Sonoma’s Apple and Pumpkin Pocket Molds.  Again, with minimal fuss (sensing a theme here?), you can turn out impressive individual desserts for work, dinner parties or lazy weekend afternoons.  Just $9.95 each, they’re also a great way to doll up refrigerated dough and prepared pie filling.  Your secret is safe with us!

HOW SWEET IT IS:  Finally, when you care enough to bake the very best (but you still don’t really want to measure anything), turn to Ina Garten, everyone’s fave Hamptons hostess-with-the-mostest.  Her Barefoot Contessa baking mixes from Stonewall Kitchen take all the work out of cakes, bars and cookies, and they’re delicious enough to pass for homemade.  Trust us – we can vouch for ‘em.  Choose from mouthwatering options like Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting, Old Fashioned Gingerbread and Chocolate Chunk Cookies…or stock up on several to last you all the way through Christmas.
 

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