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Can I Mix Apples in a Pie Filling?

What are the best apples for baking apple pie?

When it comes to apple pie fillings, some apples perform better than others. I always look for apples that are crisp, sweet-tart and juicy. There are many types of apples that fit this description, though, and I often get asked if you can mix different types of apples together in a pie filling. The short answer to this question is yes, you absolutely can mix ... Read More »

Coconut Cranberry Bread Pudding

Coconut Cranberry Bread Pudding

I like the combination of cranberries and coconut in holiday baked goods. Cranberries have a bold, sweet-tart flavor that enlivens a wide variety of desserts. Coconuts are buttery and rich, whether you are using the meat or the milk. Together, they create desserts with wonderful contrasts of both color and flavor. This Coconut Cranberry Bread Pudding is a great example and a solid dessert to ... Read More »

6 Non-Pie Desserts to Try This Thanksgiving

French Apple Cake

Pie is always a part of my Thanksgiving tradition, but it’s not the only dessert I serve because I love to have options. It’s fun to have variety and multiple desserts ensures that every guest you have is going to get something they like. Non-pie desserts are also a good option if you’re taking a dish to a family member’s house for the holidays, as ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a staple in my home not only during Thanksgiving, but all throughout the fall season. The warm flavors of pumpkin pie spice and the creamy texture of squash-enriched pie are practically synonymous with autumn. As much as I enjoy a classic pumpkin pie, I also enjoy the many forms that it can take, from Maple Pumpkin Pie┬áto my Two-Layer Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake. ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

I always have buttermilk in my fridge because it is a great ingredient to bake with. It has a wonderfully tangy, buttery flavor that tenderizes cakes, pancakes and other goodies. Another delicious dish you can make with buttermilk is Buttermilk Pie, an old fashioned pie that is worth buying buttermilk for even if you don’t use it as often as I do. I’m sharing my ... Read More »

Dulce de Leche Pecan Tart

Dulce de Leche Pecan Tart

Pecan pie is a holiday classic, but it isn’t one of my favorites. Most pecan pies have a filling of extra-sweet custard that outshines the wonderful pecans on the top of the pie, even if you take the time to roast your pecans ahead of time. I much prefer pecan tarts because, while you still have some of that flavorful filling, the nuts really become ... Read More »

What Happened to the Pillsbury Bake Off?

Pillsbury Bake-Off Sign at the 47th Bake-Off in Nashville

Around this time of the year back in 2008, I became the first blogger ever to be invited to the Pillsbury Bake-Off. The contest that year was held in Houston and, as a first time attendant, I was blown away by the scope of it. There were the 100 recipe finalists of all ages ready to battle for a $1 million grand prize – the ... Read More »

Easy, No-Roll Brown Butter Pie Crust

No-Roll Brown Butter Pie Crust

Pie crusts are some of the most challenging things for bakers to master. Or, perhaps, they’re some of the most intimidating. A good pie crust should be crisp and tender, with a flaky crumb that withstands the moisture from pie fillings (at least for the first day or so). While it can be done very quickly once you have experience, the process of cutting the ... Read More »

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