Satisfy a pastry craving with one of these buttery, flaky, and utterly delicious pies, scones, or tarts.
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Simple and classic, this fruit-filled pie is bursting with plump, ripe berries. Just fill a dough-lined pie pan with a mixture of blueberries, cornstarch, lemon juice, salt, and sugar. Then, top with a second piecrust and seal before baking. For best results, let the pie stand for at least two hours before serving.
Thanks to ripe sour cherries, this rustic pie has a lip-smacking tart taste. Use plump and firm cherries with unblemished, glossy skin in a uniform color for the best results. To save on prep time, pit fresh cherries faster with a chopstick or a straw: Insert the small end into the stem end of the cherry and give it a wiggle until you make contact with the pit, then push the pit out the other side.
This savory tart is full of nutrient-dense vegetables like spinach, mushrooms, and red peppers that are mixed with cottage cheese to create a creamy filling. For a perfectly golden brown crust, crimp the top layer and then brush with an egg wash (one lightly beaten egg). Bake and serve warm.
Packed with peaches and strawberries, the essence of summer is perfectly captured in this delicious double-crust pie. It may take several hours to prepare (which includes resting and cooling), but the wait is well worth it. When baking a fruit pie, minimize clean-up time by putting a foil-lined baking sheet on the bottom of the oven to catch bubbling fruit juices.
Though scones are typically sweet, the savory variety can be just as delicious and makes a great accompaniment to a hearty soup or stew. This version, studded with grated cheddar cheese and chopped fresh chives, only sounds fancy—the recipe requires just 15 minutes of hands on prep.
Need a last-minute dessert? Thanks to shortcut ingredients like refrigerated piecrust and frozen cinnamon apples, this home-style apple tart takes fewer than 25 minutes to prepare and requires only five ingredients. Since the edges are meant to look free-form, this is a great recipe for beginners.