Holiday Entertaining Essential: Apple Cranberry Baked Brie

It was during her catering experience that she realized there wasn’t much out there that people could be proud to serve at home. So when an acquaintance raved about Valentine’s puff pastry, a light went off.

The Perfect Bite Co. was born of the simple desire to bring their catering kitchen into yours. And boy are we grateful! One of Perfect Bite’s newest products for the holidays is a collaborative effort with Stonewall Kitchen: apple cranberry baked Brie, featuring Stonewall Kitchen’s apple cranberry chutney. Apple cranberry baked Brie is packaged to go from freezer to oven. No prep required. Serving a catering-quality appetizer has never been so easy. It’s ready to serve in just 45 minutes. Look for it in the Frozen department, along with other delicious holiday starters.

Holiday Entertaining Essential: Apple Cranberry Baked Brie

It was during her catering experience that she realized there wasn’t much out there that people could be proud to serve at home. So when an acquaintance raved about Valentine’s puff pastry, a light went off.

The Perfect Bite Co. was born of the simple desire to bring their catering kitchen into yours. And boy are we grateful! One of Perfect Bite’s newest products for the holidays is a collaborative effort with Stonewall Kitchen: apple cranberry baked Brie, featuring Stonewall Kitchen’s apple cranberry chutney. Apple cranberry baked Brie is packaged to go from freezer to oven. No prep required. Serving a catering-quality appetizer has never been so easy. It’s ready to serve in just 45 minutes. Look for it in the Frozen department, along with other delicious holiday starters.

Celebrate the Holidays With a Traditional Tuscan Meal

Learn to enjoy family, food and tradition like a Tuscan in our cooking schools. Gina peppers her demonstration with fascinating stories of life in the Tuscan countryside. Her demonstration includes these traditional holiday dishes and plenty of tips on how to make them: antipasto of calamari arrabbiati (spicy calamari); primo piatto of zuppa di castagna (chestnut soup); porchetta e patate arroste (Tuscan roasted pork and potatoes); and panzarotti (fried chestnut ravioli).

Celebrate the Holidays With a Traditional Tuscan Meal

Learn to enjoy family, food and tradition like a Tuscan in our cooking schools. Gina peppers her demonstration with fascinating stories of life in the Tuscan countryside. Her demonstration includes these traditional holiday dishes and plenty of tips on how to make them: antipasto of calamari arrabbiati (spicy calamari); primo piatto of zuppa di castagna (chestnut soup); porchetta e patate arroste (Tuscan roasted pork and potatoes); and panzarotti (fried chestnut ravioli).

The New Holiday Centerpiece: Polish Tree Cake

This year, Central Market brings you a traditional, beautiful, unbreakable and edible (of course) confection that promises to be the centerpiece of your holiday spread. Sekacz, or tree cake, is a centuries-old tradition in Poland. The aromatic, egg-rich batter is poured over hot wooden rollers, giving it a distinctive and elegant tree shape. Legend has it that the idea was born of royal bakers at the behest of Queen Bona for the wedding of her son, Prince Sigmund August. One can only imagine the intensely laborious process used to create such a noble masterpiece; as the story goes, it was five hours of careful ladling over a hand-cranked rod. Now that’s service.

The Zaniewiez family is keeping the Sekacz tradition alive, and their recipe is a closely guarded secret. But the beauty of this cake is only the beginning. Think of it as a vehicle for every rich, gooey sauce you’ve ever craved. The possibilities are endless, but here are some Central Market Foodie-recommended favorites:

Somebody’s Mother’s Caramel Sauce

Stonewall Kitchens Raspberry Liqueur Hot Fudge

Robert Rothschild Gingerbread Dip

Heritage Country Living Confectionery Mint Chocolate Sauce

Blosm Organic Cinnamon Praline Whipped Cream

Of course, you can make your own or use a favorite family recipe. Tumble some dried fruits or fresh berries around the sides; the more elaborate, the better. Just don’t forget the sprinkling of powdered sugar on top. The holidays come only once a year.

The New Holiday Centerpiece: Polish Tree Cake

This year, Central Market brings you a traditional, beautiful, unbreakable and edible (of course) confection that promises to be the centerpiece of your holiday spread. Sekacz, or tree cake, is a centuries-old tradition in Poland. The aromatic, egg-rich batter is poured over hot wooden rollers, giving it a distinctive and elegant tree shape. Legend has it that the idea was born of royal bakers at the behest of Queen Bona for the wedding of her son, Prince Sigmund August. One can only imagine the intensely laborious process used to create such a noble masterpiece; as the story goes, it was five hours of careful ladling over a hand-cranked rod. Now that’s service.

The Zaniewiez family is keeping the Sekacz tradition alive, and their recipe is a closely guarded secret. But the beauty of this cake is only the beginning. Think of it as a vehicle for every rich, gooey sauce you’ve ever craved. The possibilities are endless, but here are some Central Market Foodie-recommended favorites:

Somebody’s Mother’s Caramel Sauce

Stonewall Kitchens Raspberry Liqueur Hot Fudge

Robert Rothschild Gingerbread Dip

Heritage Country Living Confectionery Mint Chocolate Sauce

Blosm Organic Cinnamon Praline Whipped Cream

Of course, you can make your own or use a favorite family recipe. Tumble some dried fruits or fresh berries around the sides; the more elaborate, the better. Just don’t forget the sprinkling of powdered sugar on top. The holidays come only once a year.

Making a Homemade Pie Is as Easy as Pie

Enter Elizabeth Jean, who spent years creating the perfect apple pie recipe by experimenting with proportions, spices and baking times. As much as she loved to bake—probably because she inherited the gene from her grandmother, a pastry chef known for her wedding cakes—she didn’t love how much time she had to spend in the kitchen. She, like most people, wished she had everything she needed all neatly packaged in a kit.

Elizabeth Jean’s homemade pie kits include everything you need to create the perfect apple pie every time: fresh sliced apples, two rolled pie crusts, spice pack and real butter—the same natural, high-quality ingredients Elizabeth Jean uses in her own pies. The kit even includes a 9-inch pie tin and pop-up timer that lets you know the precise moment the apples are tender and the crust is crisp, guaranteeing a rave-worthy dessert.

Choose from traditional apple, caramel apple and apple crisp pie kits, available only at Central Market in the Dairy department.

Making a Homemade Pie Is as Easy as Pie

Enter Elizabeth Jean, who spent years creating the perfect apple pie recipe by experimenting with proportions, spices and baking times. As much as she loved to bake—probably because she inherited the gene from her grandmother, a pastry chef known for her wedding cakes—she didn’t love how much time she had to spend in the kitchen. She, like most people, wished she had everything she needed all neatly packaged in a kit.

Elizabeth Jean’s homemade pie kits include everything you need to create the perfect apple pie every time: fresh sliced apples, two rolled pie crusts, spice pack and real butter—the same natural, high-quality ingredients Elizabeth Jean uses in her own pies. The kit even includes a 9-inch pie tin and pop-up timer that lets you know the precise moment the apples are tender and the crust is crisp, guaranteeing a rave-worthy dessert.

Choose from traditional apple, caramel apple and apple crisp pie kits, available only at Central Market in the Dairy department.