Pies and Tarts

Pecan Pie

This classic Pecan Pie can be fancied up with bourbon, melted chocolate, or even toasted coconut. Make it a day ahead so it has time to fully cool for neat slices. Makes one 9-inch pie

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Picking Apples for Baking

Over 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, and of those, only about 100 are grown commercially. This means that the best apple for baking in your region might be different than the best apple halfway across the country. But there are some basic guidelines you can […]

Pies and Tarts

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Makes one 9-inch pie Why should you have to choose between two perfect desserts? With this Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie, you don’t have to! Pie Ingredients 2 eggs 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup cream cheese, softened at room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 3/4 cups pumpkin […]

Desserts, Pies and Tarts

Salty Caramel Apple Pie

Makes one 9-inch pie The flavor combination of caramel and apples is a natural pairing that has become a popular choice for pies—a trend that hopefully is here to stay. The salt in this recipe enhances th flavors. Use a high-quality flaked sea salt, such as Maldon. Ingredients All-Butter Pie […]

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Savory Pies for Any Time of Day

Pies typically fall into one of three categories: fruit, cream, and custard. But there is one often-overlooked member of our pie family that deserves more attention than it gets. Savory pies! Pies can be filled with nearly any vegetable, cheese, or other savory ingredient, though the most familiar version is […]

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Say “I Love You” with Chocolate

We don’t know about you, but when we think about Valentine’s Day, we think chocolate! Chocolate candies, chocolate cookies, chocolate brownies. Hm. Cookies and brownies… If one is great, how good would they be combined!? This Valentine’s Day, if you want to bake something for a special person – maybe […]

Desserts, Pies and Tarts

Shoo-Fly Pie

Makes one 9-inch pie This pie is made with alternating layers of streusel-like crumbs and molasses filling, resulting in a cakelike texture with a base of gooey and flavorful molasses. It is a type of traditional Amish pie that is called “wet bottom,” for the layer of molasses that settles […]

Pies and Tarts

Strawberry Balsamic Pie

Makes one nine-inch pie Filling Ingredients 4 cups (1 quart) strawberries, fresh, hulled and halved (or frozen, halved) 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup cornstarch Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water and a pinch of salt) Sanding sugar or granulated sugar, as needed […]

Desserts, Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments

Sweetened Whipped Cream

Makes about 2 cups Lightly sweetened, delicate and airy, this is a basic recipe for whipped cream. Omit the sugar for an unsweetened cream. Ingredients 1 cup cold heavy cream 1 teaspoon granulated or superfine sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions Chill the bowl and whip attachment of a stand […]