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This tried-and-true family recipe could not be any easier! Just combine 5 simple ingredients in a cake pan, bake it in the oven, and Aunt Bee’s 5-Minute Cherry Crunch Dump Cake is warm, bubbly, and ready to be devoured. There are no mixing bowls required, and the entire dessert comes together in one dish. Best of all, when paired with Marie Callender’s pot pies, it only takes about 5 minutes to prepare a wholesome dinner AND a homemade dessert!
Today is your lucky day! Not only am I going to share one of the best desserts that I’ve tasted in a long time, but I’m also going to show you how you can get dinner and a homemade dessert on the table for your family with a total of about 5 minutes of prep time. Because sometimes sitting down for a family meal is all that we can muster — there’s no time left for fancy recipes or washing a lot of dishes!
When I was growing up, my mom’s homemade Chicken Pot Pie was one of my favorite comfort foods during the cold weather months. When I had my third baby last fall, though, I quickly learned that I would not be able to get a pot pie recipe from scratch on my family’s dinner table on a regular basis. That’s when I discovered the magic of Marie Callender’s, and we haven’t looked back!
The Marie Callender’s pot pies combine a homemade gravy mixed with vegetables and all white-meat chicken in a golden, perfectly flaky crust that’s made from scratch. They are about as close to Mom’s pot pie as I can get these days, and my whole family loves them!
On a recent morning while my older two boys were in school, Spence and I made a weekly grocery run to Walmart. With the recent cold weather and snow that has come through Virginia, I knew that I wanted to grab a few “comfort food” and stock up on ingredients that would warm us up. We headed straight to the frozen Entrees aisle…
and reached into the case designated for all of Marie Callender’s delicious options. Our favorites are the individually-sized Chicken Pot Pies, so I grabbed a 4-pack of those.
Meanwhile, my impatient little goofball thought that it would be hilarious to “hide” from the camera every time I tried to snap his photo. He was entertaining the rest of the shoppers (and cracking himself up), that’s for sure!
Once dinnertime rolled around, I was SO glad that I didn’t need to do much to get our hearty dinner on the table. It’s really as easy as opening the box, pulling out the pot pie, and following the instructions on the wrapper.
I opened one end of the paper wrapper, but otherwise left the pot pie fully wrapped while I microwaved it for about 5 minutes. It’s amazing how this special wrapping and fancy grid technology on the top actually keeps the crust as flaky and crisp as if I made it from scratch and baked it in the oven. The only difference is that I have absolutely no dishes to wash and it only takes a few minutes!
Look at this beautiful crust!
Of course, you could enjoy the pot pie straight out of the package that it comes in. I, however, choose to serve our pot pies in individual bowls. For me, it makes a sit-down dinner feel more complete!
And while I quickly “made” dinner, this little guy observed from his highchair. You know it’s a fast prep time when he’s willing to sit still for the entire process. This kid NEVER stops moving!
I love that Marie Callender’s offers a quick weeknight dinner option that I can feel good about feeding my family. Plus, it’s so convenient that the meat, veggies, and crust are all included in one dish!
You know what else I love about Marie Callender’s? The company supports our U.S. Military through its Comforts from Home program. Every time you enter a code from specially marked packages of Marie Callender’s meals or desserts, Marie Callender’s will make a donation to USO2GO, an a USO program that brings electronics, sports gear, books, games, and more to troops stationed in remote locations. Such a great cause that we should all get involved in!
Okay, so here’s the second half of my good news for today. In the mere 5 minutes that it takes for your dinner to cook in the microwave, you can whip up a comforting, classic, homemade dessert that is the perfect accompaniment to your wholesome meal!
This recipe for 5-Minute Cherry Crunch Dump Cake comes from my great Aunt Bee, who I have introduced on this blog in past posts. You can see more about Aunt Bee (and her amazing recipes) here, but let’s just say that this is one of those treats that will soon become a tradition in your family as well. You will not believe how incredibly delicious (and easy) it is!
The name of the dessert probably gives it away, but basically you are just dumping 5 ingredients into a cake pan and baking them together in the oven. That’s it! You don’t have to pull out a single mixing bowl, spatula, or whisk! Again, this is one of those recipes that is absolutely perfect for busy moms like myself who want to share comforting recipes with their families but who don’t always have the luxury of time.
Once you have prepared your cake, you can let it bake in the oven while you enjoy your Marie Callender’s pot pies for dinner. By the time your family is finished with the main course, dessert will be golden, gooey, and warm — straight from the oven. It honestly doesn’t get much better than this!
If you love meals like this one, be sure to check out http://www.mariecallendersmeals.com/ for more information about the pot pies, and then hop over to http://potpieplease.com for even more great recipes. You can also find Marie Callender’s on Facebook to keep up with all of their great programs and products. Enjoy, friends!
Aunt Bee's 5-Minute Cherry Crunch Dump Cake
- 1 (20 ounce) can of crushed pineapple (not drained)
- 1 (21 ounce) can of cherry pie filling
- 1 package of yellow cake mix
- 1 cup of pecans, chopped
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- Spread pineapple in its juice evenly into the prepared pan.
- Spoon pie filling over the pineapple.
- Sprinkle DRY cake mix evenly over the mixture. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
- Slice the chilled butter into thin strips and place the strips evenly over the nuts and other ingredients.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.