Plum Tart with Almond Crust

So between trips to the beach, your routine of lite summer reading, and lazy weekend outings, I’m quite aware you’ve been looking for a good reason to bake a plum pie or plum tart right about now. Allow me to offer you nine of them. Plums are (1) great for digestive problems, (2) heart healthy, […]

Blueberry Ginger Pie with Three-Grain Butter Crust

Call me an old codger if you want, but serving homemade pie used to be such an uncomplicated affair: Pie makes grand entrance. Proud baker blushes and fusses amid a chorus of oohs and aahs. Pie is sliced, ice cream scooped, faces are stuffed. The only acceptable noise thereafter would have been an appreciative grunt […]

How to Build a Better Apple Pie

So you love everything about your homemade apple pie and everything is cool. End of story, right? I’m guessing probably not. I take that back: I’m not guessing; I know. How? Because in the year and a half that I’ve had The Pie Academy up and running, I’ve heard from many home bakers who aren’t feeling […]

Video: How to Make Perfect Hand Pies

How many times can you think of when it would be convenient – not to mention downright impressive and just plain cool – to serve fruit hand pies instead of your usual slice of fruit pie? How about in bag lunches? Or at tailgate parties? On the boat, a hike, at the beach, or for […]

Blueberry Pina Colada Pie

When I lived in New Hampshire, for the twenty years prior to the turn of the century, I grew blueberries on my land in the little town of Rumney, a stone’s throw from Stinson Lake on the edge of the White Mountains. As a pie maker and food writer, I felt fortunate to have a […]

Remembering Marion Cunningham…and a Peach Custard Pie

This week marks the first anniversary of the passing of my friend, Marion Cunningham, an icon and champion – like her mentor, James Beard – of American home cooking. If you’re less than familiar with her body of work, it was Marion who was handpicked by Judith Jones, Beard’s friend and editor, to overhaul and […]

Fresh Peach Crumb Pie

So I was having an otherwise great week when I walked into my local Too Expensive Food Emporium to buy peaches for the pie you see here and about had a heart attack when I saw the price per pound. I tracked down the manager. What’s up with the peaches, I asked. I explained that […]

Dempsey Farms Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Pie

If you should leave Hilton Head Island, take route 170 toward Beaufort, cross the Broad River and keep heading out toward the water, pulling off to the right before you reach the Shrimp Shack on St. Helena’s Island, you’d find yourself at Dempsey Farms, one of the Lowcountry’s premier pick-your-own-produce destinations. At least, that’s where […]

Skillet Maple Pear Pie

Every once in a while I’ll give a talk, or have a conversation with someone, or read an email and I’ll hear a question that goes something like this: Do you ever get tired of making pies? I like that question. It’s a good question. And it raises an interesting point: If you love what […]

Cherry Almond Coffeecake Tart

When you’re the Dean of The Pie Academy and avowed champion of all things pastry, certain people aren’t shy about letting you know when your good graces are expected. Take, for instance, this email I received the other day from one of my sisters, whom I’ll call Joanne since that’s her name: It’s Joe’s birthday […]