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Karen Barker

  • Recipe

    Carrot Cake Roulade with Pineapple Cream Cheese

    Carrot cake gets a new spin when the cream cheese icing becomes a luscious filling punctuated by juicy pieces of pineapple. Though fresh is best, you can use pineapple canned…

  • Recipe

    Almond Raspberry Jelly Roll Cake

    A topping of billowy whipped cream, toasted nuts, and raspberries not only looks pretty but also adds textural notes to this almost-flourless cake, making each bite exciting.

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    Triple-Chocolate Roulade Cake

    This flourless cake is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Kids will love that it looks like an oversized Yodel or Ho Ho, and adults will appreciate its sophisticated, not-too-sweet flavor.

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    Classic Strawberry Shortcake

    These biscuits get their light, tender texture from buttermilk and baking powder, and their rich flavor from an egg, cream, and lots of butter. This simple dessert is best made…

  • Recipe

    Blueberry-Vanilla Cream Cheese Pies

    These portable pies are like mini blueberry cheesecakes wrapped in puff pastry.

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    Rustic Fig and Raspberry Mini Crostatas

    An inspired combination of figs, raspberries, fresh thyme, orange zest, and honey makes these Italian-style pies an unexpected change from the familiar.

  • Recipe

    Blackberry-Apple Turnovers

    With a dense crispness and a high sugar-to-acid ratio, Pink Lady apples are ideal for these pies. Even when tender, they hold their shape and retain some firmness, for a…

  • Recipe

    Sweet and Spicy Fried Peach Pies

    Fried hand pies are a southern tradition; this one makes the most of summer peaches, with hot pepper jelly and a hint of cayenne for a spicy kick.

  • Recipe

    Brandied Apricot-Almond Slab Pie

    Slab pies are like giant Pop-Tarts designed to feed a crowd. As the pie cools, the filling—made with both fresh and dried apricots—firms up enough that the slices can be…

  • How-To

    A Pie in Hand

    Sure you’ve had pie, but have you had it like this? Leave your pie plates in the cupboard and try these portable, fruit-filled pockets.