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Sour Cherry Hand Pies with Almond Frangipane filling.

These Sour Cherry Hand Pies are made with flaky cream cheese dough, almond frangipane filling and a dollop of sour cherry preserves. Make your own preserves or use store bought pie filling. This recipe combines three of my favorite things; pie crust, sour cherries and almond frangipane! The kernal at the center of a cherry …

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Perfect Pie Crust – An Essential Recipe

Despite the old saying “easy as pie” many people are reluctant to make their own pie crust. Even people who do lots of baking often buy pre-made dough. I have no idea if packaged pie dough is any good because I’ve honestly never used it. But I am sure that homemade Perfect Pie Crust is not …

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Fried Peach Hand Pies spiked with tequila

Fried Peach Hand Pies are sinfully delicious! Anything made with flaky pastry filled with tequila-spiked peaches then deep fried and coated with spiced sugar has to be good. I usually try to write a little about each recipe I post, either an explanation of how the recipe was developed and perfected, or maybe a bit …

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Strawberry Hand Pies with Roasted Strawberry filling

Strawberry Hand Pies are the perfect early summer treat. Roasting the strawberries for the filling intensifies the flavor. Grab a pie and dig-in, no utensils required! When strawberries come into season I mostly prefer to eat them out of hand. Here in the northeastern U.S., we get to enjoy local strawberries for just a few short weeks.  Once I …

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Blackberry Buttermilk Pie with Cardamom

I love old-fashioned Buttermilk Pie. I’ve updated the recipe by adding blackberries and perfuming the filling with a hint of cardamom. Yes, another recipe for one of my favorite ingredients, buttermilk. This is a super-easy recipe. In fact it’s even easier than I originally thought. I intended to blind bake the crust before filling it …

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Banana Cream Pie with Candied Macadamia Nuts

Banana Cream Pie! Macadamia-graham cracker crust filled with fresh bananas and rum pastry cream. Topped with whipped cream and candied macadamia nuts. As I’ve mentioned before, and will certainly mention again, pies and tarts are my favorite dessert. I’m generally partial to fruit pies. I like to use whatever fruit is in season and keep …

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