Pies are among America's favorite desserts. With a little practice, you can learn to adapt this basic formula depending on what fruit is in season, and to adjust the amount of sugar and thickeners based on the juiciness of the fruit. Soon, you can say "easy as pie" -- and really mean it!
Our reader Ginny Kelly from Point Lookout, New York, got this recipe from her mother, who offered this advice: "Just tidy up the kitchen and keep an eye on the oven. When you're finished, the pie will be done."
With a sunny arrangement of peak peaches, this dessert is summer in a pie plate. Make a ring of foil to protect the crust from browning too quickly: Cut a piece twice the size of the pie, fold it in half, and cut a circle out of the center large enough to expose the top but cover the edges.
The rich texture and slight tartness of creme fraiche is an ideal foil for tender (but not overly soft) peaches in this streusel-topped pie. As it cooks, the cream -- spread on the crust and dotted on the fruit -- sets like a custard.
Take a sneak peek at our newest cookbook, "Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites." We've handpicked 10 delicious and diverse recipes from the book, including Strawberry Icebox Pie, Leek and Olive Tart, and Frozen Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie.