Fresh Plum Pie with Coconut Almond Crumb Topping

So what’s going on, my pie friend? Are you holding steady in a cool summer groove? Or are you ready to be done with summer and get on with the fall? Part of me sure feels that way. But before we put summer in the rearview mirror, how about we give a shoutout to one […]

PIE ACADEMY: Coming October 27th and available for preorder now

Well, it’s been a long time coming but my deliciously weighty tome on sweet pies – and I do mean weighty, tipping the scales at nearly 4 pounds – is just about ready to launch. And you can preorder a copy right now on Amazon. PIE ACADEMY includes the best of the best of my […]

Glazed Peach & Almond Pie

I make so many pies that my wife Bev and I invented what we call our “sliver rule” – we cut a couple of small pieces for ourselves; give as much away as we can; and then freeze any that’s leftover. And we’ve been pretty religious about it, too. Then this pie happened. We didn’t […]

Cornmeal Pie Dough (Single and Double Crust Versions)

I love this dough for all sorts of pies, from double crust summer fruit pies to pumpkin and sweet potatoes pies in fall, pecan pies, chess pies – you name it. The cornmeal does wonderful things to the dough: it makes the dough a real pleasure to roll, and adds a little crunch, too. It […]

All Strawberry Double-Crust Pie

When was the last time you baked an all strawberry, double-crust pie?  I’ll stick my neck out and wager it’s been a while, because even if nobody ever comes right out and says it, a lot of bakers just don’t consider an all strawberry double-crust pie a thing.  Strawberry rhubarb pie is a thing. So […]

Banoffee Peanut Butter Pie

My latest book project took a giant leap forward this week when I sent the contents of the binders you see here off to my publisher for the first round of editing. Well, not the actual contents; I sent digital files, of course. Back when I started writing cookbooks in the late 80’s and early […]

Cherry Blueberry Slab Pie

Thanks to Huey Lewis and the News and their 1986 hit song, we all know it’s hip to be square. But if you’re a pie maker, you should know it’s even hipper to be rectangular. I’m talking about slab pie, if you hadn’t guessed, that sheet pan kin to pie-in-the-round. Pie in a sheet pan? […]

How to Make Lemon Curd

Let’s talk about lemon curd. Do you know what it is? Have you ever made it? Thought about it but never got around to it? Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s time to strike up a friendship, if you’re not a member of The Lemon Curd Fan Club. Lemon curd is a nifty […]

Little Cherry Pies with Mascarpone Whipped Cream

I’ve been giving Valentines Day quite a bit of thought this week, on account of the fact that my previous lapses never worked out that well, so I’m going all in with the flowers, the dinner out, and one of those really expensive Hallmark cards to show my wife that when it comes to her […]

Creamy Coconut Custard Pie

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been testing custard pie recipes for my book-in-progress, and now that I’m nearing the end of this chapter it’s time to move on. It won’t be easy. Not that the pie territory ahead is any less promising. It’s simply that I’ve re-fallen in love with custard pies in a […]