Recipes for Pies & Tarts

Salted caramel cheese tart

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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 … [Read more...]

Dulce de leche banana cream tart

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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?) and since I'm rarely awake before noon, I've seen it … [Read more...]

Apple and almond strudel

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A strudel is a pastry that consists of a filling (often but not always sweet) wrapped in dough. To be more illustrative, the dough is laid out, the filling spread on it, then the dough is rolled, cigarette-like, then baked. The baked pastry is sliced, dusted with confectioner's sugar and served with whipped cream.Traditional recipes call for handmade dough rolled very … [Read more...]

Banoffee tartlets

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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 tartlets entirely without cooking by using … [Read more...]

Tarte Tatin (upside down apple tart)

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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 originated from a baking accident back in 1898? Not an … [Read more...]

White and dark chocolate pie

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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 and melted butter.2. I used light cream made … [Read more...]

Upside-down Paradise banana pie

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Upside-down pie? Yes, pie. Not cake, but pie. It may look like a cake but that's a crust that you see. Traditional sweet pastry crust with flour, butter, sugar and a little salt. No eggs. Paradise banana? Yes. Let me explain. This recipe has two stories and the Paradise banana part is only half of it.We were at the SM Hypermarket at the Mall of Asia two weekends ago … [Read more...]

Old-fashioned apple pie

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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 technique once and have been using it … [Read more...]

Mango custard tart

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The plan to bake The Pioneer Woman's Key Lime Pie, Sorta, was set aside to give way to my daughters' request for a mango custard tart instead. Can't say it was a bad decision to do the switch because the mango custard tart turned out wonderfully.The ingredients are few, the procedure is simple and the recipe is short. The entry only appears long because it is loaded … [Read more...]

Peanut butter and cream cheese pie

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You don't need an oven to make this pie because there is absolutely no baking involved. You don't even need special equipment. An electric mixer is handy but a wire whisk will do the job too although the process will take longer and your arm muscles will get more exercise as well. Not necessarily a bad thing so it's up to you whether you want to do everything by … [Read more...]