Category Archives: Pie and Tart Crusts

Bite-Sized Lemon Curd Tarts

Bite-Sized Lemon Curd Tarts

Lemon desserts are always popular in my house. The sweet-tart flavor of lemon cakes and other goodies is addictive – especially when, like me, you’re a big citrus fan in the first place. These Bite-Sized Lemon Curd Tarts showcase lemon in a tiny little tart shell that is almost too cute to eat. Almost. I¬†baked these tarts are in mini muffin pans, which are just ... Read More »

Chocolate Banana Hand Pies

Chocolate Banana Hand Pies

These hand pies combine two delicious flavors for a dessert that is both decadent and easy to make. My Chocolate Banana Hand Pies are stuffed with slices of banana and chocolate chips. While those two ingredients might not sound particularly impressive on their own, they come together like a match made in heaven. In the oven, the bananas soften and their flavor intensifies. The chocolate ... Read More »

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

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As much as I love pumpkin pie and my recipe for Perfect Pumpkin Pie, I don’t always like to make the exact same pie recipe year-in and year-out because I start to get a bit bored. I’m always looking for different ways to enjoy pumpkin in my desserts and that spirit of adventure has led me to treats like Pumpkin Pie Pudding Cake and Chocolate ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pie Crust

Buttermilk Pie Crust

Most pie crusts are made with flour, butter and water, with a pinch of salt and sugar to add a little bit of additional flavor. The three basic ingredients change in proportion from recipe to recipe, but they are rarely replaced. This Buttermilk Pie Crust is a departure from my “usual” pie crust recipe because it uses buttermilk instead of water to bind the ingredients ... Read More »

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust

Chocolate wafer cookie crusts are a delicious delivery vehicle for many different flavors of pie. They go particularly well with chocolate fillings, but can lend a wonderful contrast to fruity fillings, like a zesty key lime pie. It is easier to buy chocolate wafer crusts rather than to make them, largely because chocolate wafer cookies¬†themselves are surprisingly expensive. I’ve used the ends of Oreo cookies ... Read More »

Strawberry & Lemon Curd Tartlets

Strawberry & Lemon Curd Tartlets

I’ve always had a soft spot for bright pink strawberry lemonade. The color itself is lovely, of course, but it is the combination of zesty lemon and sweet strawberries that always pulled me in. It is a combination that just says “summer” to me and I always look for opportunities to put these flavors together when I have fresh strawberries on hand. Strawberry Lemonade Muffins ... Read More »

Gluten Free Vanilla Hazelnut Crumb Crust

Gluten Free Hazelnut Crumb Crust

I’ve tried many gluten free pie crusts over the last few years and some are much more successful than others. A good pie crust should be sturdy enough to hold up to the filling, add some texture – whether it is a crisp crumb crust or a flaky pastry crust – and it should taste delicious both on its own and with a filling. When ... Read More »

Individual Pumpkin Pies

Individual Pumpkin Pies

A freshly baked pumpkin pie is one of the most perfect desserts you can slice into during the fall. The sweet flavor of pumpkin, combined with warm spices and brown sugar in a smooth custard is just delicious – especially if you have family and friends to share it with. A pumpkin pie demands to be shared and, as a result, many of us wait ... Read More »

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