Pies and Tarts

Chocolate Peanut Meringue Tarts

Joelen of What’s Cookin’ Chicago fame (really, she’s famous) chose this week’s Project Pastry Queen Challenge: Texas Big Hairs Chocolate Hazelnut Meringue Tarts. Yeah, it’s a dessert as big as its name. And boy, does it bring back memories. Working at my parents’ bakery when I was younger, I’d put on one of the pie [...]

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DIY: Homemade Pop Tarts

If you ever get the chance to take a cooking class with Rebecca Rather, you gotta do it. And the same holds true for being in the same room as David Lebovitz. You won’t be sorry. I’ve taken two cooking classes with The Pastry Queen recently and walked away from the last class with my [...]

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Fredericksburg Peach Cream Cheese Tart

Tara of Smells Like Home is hosting this week’s Project Pastry Queen: Fredericksburg Peach Cream Cheese Tart. Things were so busy around here this week that I wasn’t sure I’d get to it. But it’s a cheesecake in tart form, topped with peaches. And we don’t really run from cheesecake or peaches around here I [...]

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Peach Fried Pies/Hand Pies

A new week, a new recipe for Project Pastry Queen! Ashley chose Fourth of July Fried Pies for this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge. Fried pies! As in you take something awesome, make a smaller handheld version of it, and deep fry it. My kind of recipe! My mom frequently made fried pies for dessert [...]

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Frozen Strawberry Margarita Pie

Frozen Strawberry Margarita Pie

My Mother’s Day dilemma: Tres Leches Cake or Frozen Strawberry Margarita Pie? Which dessert should compliment the Tex-Mex feast? So I posed the question in email to the guest of honor: The cake sounds really good but anything with Margarita in the name has to be really good!! I could not agree more. I am [...]

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Pecan Pumpkin Tart

Some people have pie with their Thanksgiving dinner. We have Thanksgiving dinner with our pie. The kitchen island held the turkey, dad’s baked beans, and an array of sides but the “dessert table” was where the real fun was. Growing up, the dessert table took up the entire bar: – 10-12 chocolate pies – 1-2 [...]

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So, life handed you a bag of lemons…

Lemon Meringue Pie

You could freeze ‘em ’til they’re hard and throw ‘em back but that’s just mean (and quite possibly a felony). Or you could make pie. When life hands you lemons, make pie! That should be the Daring Bakers‘ official motto for January! Jen at The Canadian Baker is hosting this month’s challenge, Lemon Meringue Pie.

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Pecan Pie Tart with Chocolate

Pecan Pie Tart

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I guess you could call this imitation but it’s probably more accurate to say that I flat-out stole the idea for the picture above from a magazine. I remember seeing it in the check-out line at the grocery store a couple of months ago and [...]

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