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Pies and Tarts

  • Recipe

    Smoky Tomato and Mushroom Pie

    Smoking mushrooms on the grill imparts them with depth and complexity. The rich, creamy filling of mayonnaise, sour cream, sharp white cheddar, and Monterey Jack and flaky, buttery crust balance…

  • Recipe

    Black-Bottom Buttermilk Pie

    Old-fashioned buttermilk pie is as sweet and tangy as it is comforting, and it’s the perfect canvas for showcasing buttermilk’s unique flavor. Here, the custard bakes in a gorgeous dark…

  • Recipe

    Maple-Glazed All-Pear Pie

    I love a pear pie, especially when it’s sweetened with maple syrup. This double-crust pie, a fall favorite, gets a double dose of maple—once in the filling, and again in…

  • How-To

    How to Make Crostatas

    These Italian tarts feature an easy-to-make crust and fresh fruit fillings for an ideal summer dessert

  • Recipe

    Brandied Fig and Chocolate Crostata

    I have a small but prolific fig tree in my backyard. One summer, while experimenting with fig jam, I stirred in some bittersweet chocolate and a splash of Cognac and…

  • Recipe

    Brown Sugar-Peach Crostata with Frangipane

    This recipe takes the traditional crostata one step further by adding a layer of frangipane, a rich almond cream that pairs beautifully with the brown sugar-peach preserves.

  • Recipe

    Spiced Blueberry and Ricotta Crostata

    I love a simple ricotta crostata, but it only recently dawned on me that the cheese might be even better topped with dollops of spiced blueberry jam. They're a match…

  • Recipe

    Lemon Crostata

    I firmly believe that a lemon crostata can successfully follow just about any meal. Its bright, tart flavor and creamy texture make it thoroughly welcome at the end of dinner.…

  • Recipe

    Strawberry Jam Crostata

    Filled with fresh preserves, this is a classic breakfast jam crostata in Italy. Freshly made strawberry jam is my choice here, but feel free to substitute a pound of your…

  • Recipe

    Pasta Frolla (Sweet Pastry Dough)

    Pasta frolla forms the base for most crostatas. It's a sweet pastry, typically enriched with butter and eggs or egg yolk. It’s delicate yet easy to roll out and easily…

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