Category Archives: Pie and Tart Crusts

Individual Cranberry Apple Pies

Individual Cranberry Apple Pie, sliced

You can’t go wrong with apple pie for any occasion and this is especially true when it comes to miniature pies. Mini pies give you the option of having a whole pie (that you can actually eat in one sitting!) all to yourself, and a stockpile of other little pies that you can either share or pop into the freezer for later. These Individual Cranberry ... Read More »

All-Shortening Pie Crust

Shortening Pie Crust

Many bakers swear by all butter pie crusts, but for every one who does, there is a baker who swears by pie crusts made with only vegetable shortening. Vegetable shortening can make a great pie crust. It is easy to work with and will turn out a crust that is consistently tender, which is a trait that has been winning pie lovers over for decades. ... Read More »

Buttermilk Lime Pie

Buttermilk Lime Pie

Buttermilk pie is a favorite of mine around fall and in the winter. The pie is something of a Southern classic, and although I am not from the South, it is definitely a well-liked comfort food dessert to have when the weather starts to cool down. Buttermilk pie is essentially a custard pie made with tangy, buttery buttermilk as the primary dairy component. They’re often ... Read More »

Peach Crumble Pie

Peaches and Cream Pie

Peaches and cream is a great flavor combination, no matter what type of cream you’re using. My grandmother was fond of serving peaches and ricotta or cottage cheese with a little sugar on top. I like peaches and ice cream or cream anglaise. I also quite like this Peach Crumble Pie, where the peaches are suspended in a lightly sweetened custard made with sour cream. ... Read More »

Roasted Grape Galette

Grape Galette

Grapes are a fruit that most of us simply eat straight out of the bowl, or wait until they turn into raisins and use them in baking. But there is another good use for grapes. They can easily be roasted and become even sweeter and more tender after a short time in the oven. Roasted grapes are delicious on their own or on top of ... Read More »

Cinnamon Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

Apple Pie with Crumb Topping

Classic apple pie is made with two buttery, flaky pie crusts sandwiching a sweet and spicy apple filling. It is delicious, but it’s not the only classic apple pie out there. I have met many people who would choose an apple pie with a crumb topping over the double-crust classic any day. Personally, I wouldn’t turn down either pie and consider them both to be ... Read More »

Vanilla Wafer Crumb Crust

Vanilla Wafer Crumb Crust, in progress

A classic pastry crust is great for all kinds of pies and tarts, but simple crumb crusts work even better for some recipes. Cheesecakes and key lime pies, for instance, seem to pair even better with crispy crumb crusts than they do with pastry. Graham crackers are the old standby for crumb crusts, as they have a good flavor and texture, but are relatively plain. ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Peanut butter pie is, quite honestly, something that I didn’t think would appeal to me the first time I had it. I like peanut butter, but a pie with a super-creamy peanut butter base actually sounded like it would be a bit (or a lot) too much. When I was a pie judge at the American Pie Council’s Pie Contest last year, however, I had ... Read More »

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