Category Pies and Tarts

Rhubarb and Custard Tart

In my four years in London, I consumed exactly zero custard tarts. There were Bakewell tarts and natas and treacle tarts and Bea’s of Bloomsbury’s Townies — that’s brownie batter baked in a tart shell, for all the times when you’ve looked at a brownie and said, “This dessert needs a coat” — but never […]

Not-British Apple Cheddar Pie

In high school, my go to recipe for stress baking was an apple-Gruyere pie inspired by the short-lived TV show Pushing Daisies. It was delicious and just technical enough to make me feel clever, so it was with great confidence that I turned to this pie for my first Eid in London. In the end, […]

A Minor Dessert Disaster

As I closed the oven door on the pie I’d been planning for this week’s recipe, I had a strange premonition that things in the dessert realm were about to go very, very wrong. Maybe it was the foreboding way that stray crumbs had immediately begun to float to the surface when I poured in […]

A Plethora of Pies, a Single Pastry

Barring a fondness for the musical Sweeney Todd, the world of savory pies was pretty¬†unfamiliar to me until I moved to London, where I encountered some form of pork pie in the display window of nearly every single bakery that I passed. These pan-less pies were fascinating in their apparent sturdiness, and I didn’t quite […]