Pies and Tarts

A collection of pie and tart recipes.

Marzipan Brownie Tart

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, we had this festive dessert: Okay, so it doesn’t look very festive from the outside. Actually, it looks downright plain. Homely. FRUMPY. There, I said it. But it has a surprise inside… A bright green layer of homemade pistachio marzipan! …Wait, come back.

TWD: Cranberry-Lime Galette

For many of us, the capital-H Holidays are approaching, and I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve already been run over by a festive seasonal truck and it’s barely mid-November. The last few months I’ve felt like Wile E. Coyote frantically churning my legs in midair, trying to run across the sky…

TWD: Cranberry Shortbread Cake

Yesterday afternoon, as I was spoiling my husband’s dinner by force-feeding him cranberry cake and whipped cream, he looked me in the eyes and said, with great feeling, “Miy WOUFF Troiusdapes miff Rorfty!” Fortunately, we have been married long enough that I’m able to translate Full Mouth into English, and knew that he was saying…

TWD: All-American Apple Pie

It is said that people are either Beatles fans or Rolling Stones fans, and that your musical choice explains a lot about who you are as a person. I prefer to group people in entirely different categories: are you a cake person or a pie person? For myself, I fall firmly on the “cake” side…

TWD: Fold-Over Pear Torte

What a strange little hybrid dessert this was. It uses pie dough, but it’s baked in a springform pan. The filling is chopped fresh pears, and pecans, and dried apricots. It’s all held together with a vanilla custard, and then the pie crust is partially folded over the edges. So many things going on! It’s…

Tarts Worth Writing About

I’ve had a few summer posts lurking around waiting to be completed, and now that it’s October the time for fresh berry desserts has almost passed! Quickly, quickly now… It all started with a new kitchen in a new apartment in a new city. Or rather… A sweet pistachio tart crust in a new kitchen…

TWD: Apple Tarte Fine

I made this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, a slender apple tart with puff pastry, and it was oh so good. But the real story belongs to the humble apples that went into the tart, and where they came from.

A Tale of Two Tarts

Lately I’ve been making a lot of Monets. No, I haven’t taken up impressionist painting. I mean “Monets” in the Clueless sense of the word. Desserts that look amazing, but upon closer inspection–or tasting–leave something to be desired. This is tragic for a number of reasons–wasted hours and ingredients, for instance–but the biggest disappointment is…

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