Pies and Tarts

A collection of pie and tart recipes.

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…

Passionate Baking, Three Ways

Even before I’d ever tasted passion fruit, I fell in love with the name. Growing up surrounded by boring, utilitarian fruit names (are you listening, orange?), learning that there was a fruit that broke this mold was a revelation. It belongs on a soap opera! Of course I was intensely curious about its flavor. Did…

TWD: Tarte Noire

Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned. It has been a week since my last confession. For this week’s TWD recipe, the tres chic Tarte Noire, I confess that I did not make the ganache filling the recipe called for. Instead, I used some ganache I had left over from these Honey Truffles. The honey…

TWD: Banana-Coconut Ice Cream Pie

This week’s Banana-Coconut Ice Cream Pie was a bit of an odd duck for me. I think a large part of my problem was the name. It had me expecting lush tropical flavors, but then the chocolate ice cream kind of stole the show and overwhelmed everything else. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that…)…

TWD: Kumquat-Chocolate Tart

This week’s recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie was supposed to be a chocolate raspberry tart, but I couldn’t bring myself to buy fresh raspberries this week. Not because they’re hard to find (although they are) or expensive (although they REALLY are) but because they’re out of season and that is no longer allowed. I’m currently…

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