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Pies Tarts Crusts


Pies can be so diverse.  Fruit pies are so amazingly good, most particularly when fruits are fresh and plentiful.  Custard type pies are smooth and unctuous.  Chiffon Pies are light and fluffy. So many to choose from! 

I have quite a few pie recipes I have amassed over the years, as well as a couple of favored pie crust recipes.  I am still learning, as I found recently.  I tried my hand at a Lemon Meringue Pie and a Coconut Cream Pie.  Both the fillings were completely runny.  Both the toppings were a disaster. 

Coconut Cream Pie

I have since found a suitable lemon filling recipe, that holds it shape. I have also found what I did wrong with the Italian Meringue! I still haven't encountered a Coconut Cream filling that will hold its shape, and I welcome any thoughts on that subject! I am still working on a stabilized whipped cream!

Learning to bake is an ongoing process, no matter who is doing it.  Whether the most accomplished pastry chef, you can be sure they all went through all sorts of failures along with their successes, and probably still do!  If at first you don't succeed.... Try, try again! 

The recipes herein are all ones I have made repeatedly, with excellent results.  Give them a try!


Applesauce Pie
     homemade applesauce made this pie teriffic
Cheesecake Mincemeat Pie
     the best of both worlds; a perfect match
Chess Pie
     one of my most favorite pies, ever!
Chocolate Pie Pastry
     for all you chocoholics out there
Chris' Pumpkin Pie
     makes a 10-inch pie
Cornmeal Crust
     perfect for Taco Pizza, but easily used for sweet applications
Double Chocolate Pecan Pie
     chocolate in both crust and filling
Even Better Never Fail Pie Crust
     new techniques for an even more tender crust
Frangipane Apple Tart
      a simply gorgeous presentation & outstanding flavor

My Best Pecan Pie
          fantastically easy; decadently rich

Never Fail Pie Crust
     not new, found all over, but fantastic to have on hand
Rhubarb Cream Pie
     creamy sweet-tart, a wonderful way to use rhubarb
Spicier Pumpkin Pie
     using far more spices for fuller flavor; my favorite


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