Category Archives: Pie and Tart Crusts

Pate Brisee (Tart Dough)

Pate brisee (or pâte brisée, si tu prefere) is one stable recipe that should be in every baker’s repertoire – especially if you’re a baker who likes to occasionally branch out from cookies and cakes into the realm of pies and tarts. It is a basic tart crust that is easy to make, keeps in the refrigerator or freezer exceptionally well, and works with both ... Read More »

Apple Crumble Pie

apple crumble pie, sliced

Crumble-topped apple pies used to be my absolute favorite type of pie. When I was a little kid, I was even known to ask servers in a restaurants whether their pies were crumble-topped or not, and base my dessert decisions entirely on their answers. This all came to an end around the time that I first had a traditional apple pie with a really great crust. ... Read More »

Fresh Fruit and Cream Cheese Tart

chocolate strawberry close up

When you walk into a bakery, or even by the bakery section of the supermarket, what catches your eye? Is it the tray of perfectly decorated cupcakes? The seven-layer chocolate tortes? The piles of huge, perfectly-formed chocolate chip and shortbread cookies? Each and every option has its appeal (which is precisely why bakeries cleverly use clear cases to showcase their product), but I would put ... Read More »

Black Forest Tart

Black Forest Tart

Black Forest Cake was once the pinnacle of all desserts. Every restaurant worth eating at – or that wanted to look like it was worth eating at – had it on the menu. The cake is from, as you might suspect from the name, the Black Forest region of Germany, where it began as a cherry and liquor dessert before morphing into a cake. The ... Read More »

Bailey’s Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Crust

Bailey's Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Crust

When I got a bottle of the new Bailey’s with a hint of Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur, I knew that I wanted to bake something with it even before I tasted it. I had two reasons for this. First, I don’t often have a full bottle of Bailey’s sitting around, so it seemed to provide ample resources for creativity. Second, while I like the taste ... Read More »

Creamy Mascarpone Cheesecake

mascarpone cheesecake

Even though there are many kinds of cheesecake in the world – ricotta cheesecake, vegan cheesecake, marbled cheesecake – the one that springs to mind at the first mention of the word is not the light, airy version that is a delight on a hot summer day, but the velvety, ultra-indulgent, creamy cheesecake. This would be that kind of cheesecake. The recipe comes from one ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pie for Pi(e) Day

Today is Pi(e) Day – so named because March 14th (3-14) corresponds to the mathematical concept of “pi” (3.14). Can you tell that I liked math in school? Actually, back in high school we always celebrated this day in my math classes. While I don’t want to come right out and admit how much of a math geek I was, I will say that I ... Read More »

Lemon Meringue Pie

I definately admire Gale Gand, the ever-so-talented pastry chef and owner of Chicago’s Tru Restaurant. Her books, including Butter, Sugar, Flour, Eggs - which this recipe comes from – are wonderful and detailed. Her TV show also really resonated with my deep love of desserts. I think that my first time watching it was the first time I ever saw a real pastry chef in ... Read More »

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