The layered finish that tops this apple pie from our Pies & Tarts book is created by shingling the leaves. Pastry cutouts in any shape can be arranged in this manner; here, a flurry of leaves accentuates the pie's autumnal nature.
Consider this pie from our Pies & Tarts book comfort food for grown-ups. Rum adds a spirited kick to both the custard filling and the whipped cream topping. A vanilla bean does double duty, as well: Its seeds dot the filling, and the pod infuses the whipped cream topping with a delicate flavor.
Our holiday pies each spotlight the perfect marriage of crust and filling, so there’s a pleasant mix of textures and flavors in every bite. No matter how you slice these six irresistible desserts, there's a whole lot to love.
For a sweet, billowy dessert, try our banana cream pie recipe. This recipe for delicious banana cream pie is adapted from "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook," and it is one of Martha's favorites because it's pure banana and pure cream.
Blueberry pie is a perfect summer dessert. Yes, it's pie; but blueberries are one of the healthiest foods around, and they require no pitting or peeling. Just remove twigs and leaves and refrigerate until ready to rinse, pat dry, and serve -- or add to your blueberry pie recipe. Recipe adapted from "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook," Clarkson Potter, 2005.
The crust is most crisp the day it's made, but the pie without the whipped-cream topping and chocolate shavings can be made up to a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. To cut the pie into neat slices, use a serrated knife.
You can substitute whiskey, rum, or rye for the bourbon. If you cannot find all-butter puff pastry, you can use other types of puff pastry and bake at 400 degrees. The apple filling can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator; bring to room temperature before using.
One of our favorite ways to spend an autumn weekend afternoon is to fill the kitchen with the warm aromas of buttery pastry, juicy apples, and spicy cinnamon. Get your hands on a bushel of apples and bake up a pie, crisp, crumble, or tart.