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This is one special pie - mellow apple filling and a spicy streusel topping.

Filo dough does the trick here. I also use this method of layer butterered filo in a springform pan for Swan Lake Strudel filling Winterset Strudel. Use the filo method and springform pan but the Swan Lake Filling (apples, cherries, and cranberries). This is one of the easiest, prettiest, most elegant ways to make short work of apples. You can make it up to a day ahead but watch it disappear in minutes (it also slices like a dream)

What could be better than a beautiful apple crisp, spruced up with creamy Baily’s Irish Cream or O’Casey’s Irish Cream. This brings this homey dessert to a new level. 

A dark and velvety chocolate experience featuring a decadent set pudding (almost a truffle) filling that is as smooth as silk. Old time Chocolate Silk pies called for melted chocolate, eggs and butter, no cooking and refrigeration. These days, we need things a bit safer (a baked filled ensures the eggs are fine) and a tad more decadent. This respin of a great vintage pie that is even better, now that it’s tweaked to chocolate perfection.  

This is inspired by a baker extraordinaire, my once-mother-in-law Shirley Posluns, famed for her amazing apple cake. It is not her recipe exactly – you'd have to watch her make it – but it is pretty darned close and as she dictated to me many, many times. I think you'll love this cake. Just choose McIntosh or, Cortland apples for this easy cake and make sure you don't skimp on the apples - the batter is just a glue that holds it all together.

Tarts are ever so much fussier than pies, don’t you think? Because of handy tart molds, the crusts are easier to finish off. An elegant dessert that is creamy and piquant at the same time. For a lighter filling, you can whip the egg whites separately and fold into the filling but it is not necessary. Key Lime Tart alas, is what the protagonist threw at her husband at the end of the book and subsequent film, Heartburn, which starred Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson as the philandering husband (who, it must be said, deserved at least, Key Lime Pie being thrown at him.  Mind you, it's a terrible end of a great bit of baking)

Over 60,000 downloads! If you want a dough that is a joy to work with, this classic pie pastry is a must. The recipe yields a large batch of easy-to-work with pie dough - flaky but trouble free rolling and handling. Lemon juice tenderizes the dough. I actually prefer all butter for its incomparable taste but the part vegetable shortening, part butter in this recipe makes for a flakier texture. If you use shortening, choose the no trans fats Crisco -it works as well as regular and is better nutritionally. This is a perfect pastry for almost any filling, from apple pie, to pumpkin pie to quiche. It handles like a dream. Use half the recipe right away and freeze the other half.

Using store-bought puff pastry makes these tarts quick and easy as well as a sweet delight. Bake these free form or in tart molds. You can also make these a bit more interesting by spreading the pastry first, with custard (pre-made custard). Then lay on the apples and bake. The custard bakes into a thick, sweet, bottom layer that offers visual interest and added taste appeal.

An earthy earthly delight.

Cake flour makes this cobbler extra luscious and tender but all-purpose if just fine. Blackberries are stunning in this tart-sweet cobbler.

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