Category Archives: Pie and Tart Crusts

Flaky Vinegar Pie Crust

Vinegar Pie Crust

The basic ingredients in a pie crust are butter, flour, salt and water. I typically add in a little bit of sugar, even if I’m making a savory pie, because it helps the crust to brown more. One ingredient that you can add to a pie crust that is a little more unusual is vinegar. Vinegar helps tenderize pie dough because it slightly inhibits gluten ... Read More »

Cherry Pie Pops

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Pie pops are the pie version of cake pops: one or two bite pies that are on top of a stick. Pie pops are very cute to look at and they’re not difficult to make, so they are a great choice when you’re looking to do something a little bit less traditional with your pies – or simply want to put a bite-sized treat out ... Read More »

All Purpose Food Processer Tart Dough

Tart Dough

The most intimidating part about making a tart is preparing the dough. Like making pie dough, tart dough is something that a lot of bakers are worried about tackling for fear of screwing it up. Fortunately, tart dough is easy to make and can be a lot more forgiving than pie dough. This All Purpose Tart Dough can be used in both sweet and savory ... Read More »

Plum and Blackberry Pie with Almond Crumble

Plum and Blackberry Pie

The other night, I attended a pie making demo where Shery Yard baked up a beautiful looking plum and blackberry pie. Plums and blackberries are both great fruits to bake with. They have wonderfully rich flavors, but they also are known for their rich colors, and a pie filling that has both fruits inside is mouthwatering  to look at. After the demo, we were given ... Read More »

No Bake Oreo Pie Crust

No Bake Oreo Pie Crust

Oreo cookies are great for making pie crusts. Those chocolate wafers are not very sweet and pack a lot of chocolate flavor into every bite. For most chocolate pie crusts, the wafer cookies are used by themselves, blended with butter and baked until the crust is set. This No Bake Oreo Pie Crust uses the whole cookie. The no-bake crust is made by blending whole ... Read More »

Plum Meringue Tarts

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Whether you’re shopping at a major grocery store or a local farmer’s market, in early summer, there are a wealth of fresh, ripe fruits to choose from. Having such a bounty of fruits is not a bad thing – and I find that it makes me even more creative in the kitchen because I don’t want to use all of those fruits in the same ... Read More »

Cannoli Pie

Cannoli Pie

Cannoli are a classic Italian dessert. A basic cannoli is a tube-shaped, deep fried pastry shell that is filled with a sweetened ricotta cheese mixture. They have a great combination of flavors and crisp and creamy textures. They originated in Sicily, but have a huge fan base in Italian communities all over the world. The problem with cannoli is that it can be difficult to ... Read More »

White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Tart with Chocolate Crust

White Chocolate Tart

White chocolate is a wonderful vehicle for vanilla. Good quality white chocolate is made up of cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids and vanilla, so most good white chocolate will already have a distinct vanilla flavor and it doesn’t take much more to push that to an even better one. So that means that this White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Tart is a good choice for vanilla ... Read More »

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