Category Archives: Pies

Cream Cheese Key Lime Pie

Cream Cheese Key Lime Pie

A classic key lime pie is made with sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and lots of fresh key lime juice. In the original recipe, the pie is unbaked and relies on the acid from the lime juice to “cook” the egg yolks and thicken the pie. It works well, but because of concerns with having uncooked eggs in the pie, most key lime pies are ... Read More »

Peach Pie Ice Cream

Peach Pie Ice Cream

A slice of fresh fruit pie is often best when accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream. That cool, creamy ice cream is the perfect match for a slice of still warm pie. For a bit of a twist on that idea, I took the pie and put it into my ice cream instead of doing things the other way around! That means that ... Read More »

Individual Chocolate Coconut Cream Pies

The perfect bite

Coconut cream pie is always a favorite of mine, mostly because I am a big fan of coconut, but also because I like the additional texture that coconut adds to a cream pie. I’ve had some coconut cream pies that are too dense, too thick. I like mine to be lighter, with a creamy mouthfeel. Sometimes, this means that the pie filling is a little ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pie Bars

Buttermilk Pie Bars

Buttermilk pie is great any time of year, but I especially like it during the summer. The pie is easy to put together and has a fresh, tangy flavor to it that goes oh-so-well with all kinds of summer fruits and berries. It is even easier when you put this pie into bar form. As with cheesecake, putting this pie into bar form makes it ... Read More »

Classic Cherry Pie


As much as I love pie, I don’t like to compromise on the qualities that I think make up a great one. For instance, I think a pie has to have a good crust that is a blend of flaky and tender. I also think that that crust should be well browned when it comes out of the oven, not pasty looking. And when it ... Read More »

Lemon Swirl Cream Cheese Pie

Lemon Swirl Cream Cheese Pie, sliced

Ever since I got back from judging the Crisco 2010 National Pie Championships, I’ve been getting requests for recipes for Lemon Swirl Cream Cheese Pie, the pie that took home the best in show prize. The American Pie Council has posted the recipe on their site, but I couldn’t resist making it myself at home. The pie is basically a cheesecake, with a cream cheese ... Read More »

Quark Cherry Pie

Quark Cherry Pie, whole pie

With a big tub of quark in my fridge, I wanted to do something special with it. Quark is low in fat and high in protein, and it is a very versatile baking ingredient because it is stable in the oven (although it is good when eaten plain, too). I decided to turn mine into a pie, a variation on cheesecake. This pie has two ... Read More »

Lemon Curd Chess Pie

Lemon Chess Pie

Chess pie is a dessert that doesn’t give anything away in its name. It’s a Southern classic pie with a custard base made up of eggs, butter and sugar. So far as I can tell, there is no one standard version of the chess pie and I’ve had many variations of it before, some that had a very dense, sweet, eggy filling and some that ... Read More »

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