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Peach and Nectarine Pie

It was impossible to decide whether to buy nectarines or peaches at the Farmers Market several weeks ago, as both were so incredibly sweet, juicy,

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Bakewell Pudding Tart

This recipe comes from, A Baker’s Passport, written by Susie Norris. Susie says, “Before the ‘British Bake-Off’ television show, a competition smoldered in Bakewell, Derbyshire

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Peach and Cherry Pie

No one I’ve ever known has declined a piece of fresh, homemade pie. Although some version of pie is eaten in nearly all cultures, fruit

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Fresh Homemade Cherry Pie

It’s hard to imagine anyone who doesn’t like cherry pie. Making it is another story, however, as putting together a good pie crust can be

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Blackberry-Vanilla Pie

Those of us crazy about fruit watch the farmers markets and stores like hawks, waiting for the first berries to arrive as the signal that yes,

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Rhubarb Pie

These days when we think of  rhubarb, we think strawberry-rhubarb pie. It wasn’t always that way, however. Rhubarb was a very popular vegetable, easy to

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Fresh Fruit Tart

Courtesy of Anne Baldzikowski, Easy Artisan: Simple Elegant Recipes for the Everyday Cook Anne says, “This is a favorite dessert at summertime parties when we

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Chestnut Jam Tart

Excerpted from Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Leigh Beisch. Chestnut Jam Tart Makes 10 servings Alice says, “A

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The Queen’s Pie Crust

Every serious baker has a pie crust recipe she swears by. All butter. Butter and shortening. Lard. Ice water. Handle it lightly and refrigerate immediately!

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