There's no shortage of pie in Austin—in fact you could probably call it the city's favorite dessert. From chess to fruit to cream, these six slices are the perfect finish to any meal.
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The perfect pie is equal parts science and art, and there are few things more intimidating in the American culinary repertoire than pie crust. How many of you have slaved away at a crust only to have it crumble upon rolling? How many of you have pulled a beautiful pie out of the oven only to realize upon slicing into it that the perfectly golden brown crust is leathery or tough? Or that your apple pie filling has turned mushy in the oven? Here are the most essential tips and techniques that will guarantee a perfect pie for your Thanksgiving table.
A slab pie is bigger than the standard 9-inch round, slightly thinner, and designed to be enjoyed without forks (just a napkin to catch the juices). This apple and cranberry version is the perfect incarnation for any fall exploit that's more fun en masse.
Don't let the photo fool you: while these holey treats may resemble doughnuts, they're actually pies! They are made up of morsels of pie crust which are filled, rolled up, and pinched to ensure the filling stays inside, then fried. While they're certainly not health food, they certainly are delicious.
You might be hesitant to embrace the idea of Avocado Pie. After all, avocado is probably more famous for its starring role in guacamole, or as a sandwich or salad component than as a delicious dessert item. But avocado isn't unknown in the world of sweets, and this pie might just help you change your mind.
Turning over-ripe peaches and slightly tart plums come together to make the perfect end of summer pie.
In this pie, the bright, sweet peach notes are lifted by the zing of the crystallized ginger in the oatmeal crisp topping, causing each bite to dance on the tongue.
Cool and super creamy with the slightest hit of booze, this may be my favorite pudding-based pie yet.
This weekend, while worrying over a dessert with the satisfaction level of pie and the portability of a cookie to tote to a Central Park soiree, I landed on an idea so simple, I can hardly believe that it took me this long to figure it out. Hand pies, made in my standard-sized muffin pan and filled with the delicious, simple berries of this blessed season. Yes.
This is a great starter pie for blueberry season. The crisp, flaky crust is a perfect foil to the juicy berries, and the sweet and slightly savory oat crumble topping is easier to make than a traditional top crust.
As the custard sets, it absorbs some of the rich butteriness of the frosting, infusing the entire pie. As a result, the taste is kind of like cream pie meets birthday cake, in a decidedly delicious way.
What would summer be without strawberries? Now that their tiny, dimpled faces are blushing at the markets once again, it's good to have some solid recipes up your sleeve. Shortcake is a given, but for something a bit more fancy, a pie is always a crowd-pleaser and the perfect closer to any balmy summer meal.
Many pies were entered in our Pi(e) Day Baking Challenge with Instructables this year, but it's time to raise our forks to the grandest and geekiest of all. Check out the winners of this year's contest! Thanks to everyone who entered.
A simple splash of Irish cream gives this already delicious triple chocolate pie an intoxicating upgrade, adding a creamy and slightly bracing flavor contrast.
In anticipation of 3/14, we asked you send in your favorite recipes for Pi Day. From a mathematician's dream crust to a twist on Banoffee pie, we'd be more than happy to celebrate with any of these 6 wonderful recipes.
To truly maximize how many Samoas you can stuff into your mouth in one serving, you've simply got to crush them up and form them into a cookie pie crust. Using the same method as making a graham cracker crust, the Samoas cookie crust is the definition of decadence: sticky, crispy, and caramelly, it gets even crazier when you fill it with a rich, creamy chocolate pudding filling studded with extra coconut, and top it off with a billowy cloud of whipped cream.
When it comes to citrus in meringue pies, why do lemons always get the limelight? I put other flavors to the test and discovered that using oranges instead puts a great new spin on the old classic. Oranges make for a less acidic custard filling that plays equally well with a creamy, light meringue, without all the pucker of their yellow cousins.
Most states are still months away from fresh fruit coming back into season, but if you're like me, you're pining for the sweet and tart berries of summer right now. Luckily, there's a great way to enjoy the fruits of summer without the wait. The answer, my pie loving friends, is frozen fruit.
When I was working in restaurants, there was no day of the year more reviled by the pastry kitchen than Valentine's Day. The special tasting menus, replete with over-the-top desserts for two and the showering of petit fours, after dinner treats, and parting gifts of chocolates were a nightmare. After all that Pepto-colored nonsense, I'd be craving homey comforts. For me this chocolate pudding pie is the expression of my Valentine's Day ideal.
These pocket sized Coconut Cream Jar Pies from Handheld Pies are not exactly like the slice you'd find at your local diner, and the fact that it comes in a jar is only the beginning.