Recipes for Pies & Tarts

Salted caramel cheese tart

Salted caramel cheese tart

Cheesecake is not something you can cut and serve straight out of the oven. A cheesecake has to cool slowly and thoroughly, and chilled for best results. It’s the same with this cheese tart which is really a cheese cake baked in a tart pan and with only half the usual amount of cheese and cream mixture. No Graham cracker crust for this dessert. Instead, the crust is made with flour, butter, sugar and chopped nuts. Amazing texture.

But there was no time to chill the thing without torturing everyone. And that’s what it’s like for my family to see something they want to eat but still can’t. The weather is cold enough though (there is a typhoon) to allow the salted caramel cheese tart to cool to room temperature fast. And, in this weather, room temperature is cool enough to dispense with the chilling.

Speedy said the whole tart was his and the girls should ask me to bake something else for them. Of course, the girls disagreed. They weren’t about to give up their share. No, definitely not. »

Dulce de leche banana cream tart


It's a pity that Mexican Made Easy airs locally only once a week. Wish there were more sensible food shows like it on TV. Personally, I can do away with Gordon Ramsay, The Next Food Network Star, Iron Chef, Bobby Flay and Bruce Lim.Mexican Made Easy, I love. But it airs on Wednesday morning (or is it Thursday morning?) … »

Peach and custard tart


What can I say about canned fruits and Christmas in the Philippines? One of the most popular sweet dishes served over the holiday season is fruit salad that consists of canned fruit cocktail, cream and sweetened condensed milk. I grew up with the stuff but my children prefer our home grown version made with fresh … »

Apple and almond strudel


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Banoffee tartlets


The origin of banoffee pie is British as its invention is claimed by Ian Dowding and Nigel Mackenzie of The Hungry Monk Restaurant. The term "banoffee" means a combination of banana and toffee.A delicious and easy to prepare dessert. The only cooking involved is the making of the toffee. You can even make these banoffee … »

Tarte Tatin (upside down apple tart)


Easy. Scrumptious. Beautiful. With no special equipment needed. Just a frying pan that can go into the oven (meaning, no plastic parts) -- a cast iron pan is traditional but my only cast iron pan is too large so I used a stainless steel frying pan.Such a lovely dessert for the holidays. Would you believe that it … »

White and dark chocolate pie


Another no-bake dessert. A soft and gooey chocolate pie based on a recipe from Martha Stewart's Pies and Tarts cookbook, a copy of which my younger daughter, Alex, gave me on Mother's Day.The differences between Martha's pie and mine:1. I opted for a no-bake crust, mixture of graham crackers, toasted coconut bits … »

Strawberry feathered cheese tart


When you hear the term “strawberry cheesecake”, what comes to mind is a cheesecake topped with a jam-like mixture that is added after the cheesecake has been baked and allowed to cool. Something like the blueberry cheesecake I made a couple of months ago. It’s great but I’ve been obsessing over this … »

Upside-down Paradise banana pie


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Old-fashioned apple pie


It feels like a lifetime ago when I baked my first apple pie. I've been using the same recipe and technique for years until, quite by accident, I saw a TV show where the baker added cubed pieces of butter to the filling just before covering it with the top crust. Right there and then, I could imagine the effect, I tried the … »