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In her newest book, the author of Great Cakes reveals everything one needs to know in order to bake countless variations of fruit and berry pies, decadent and delicious cream pies, and a glorious assortment of cobblers, crisps, savory pies, and tarts.
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New York, NY 1998 Hard cover New in very good dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 528 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.

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Overview

In her newest book, the author of Great Cakes reveals everything one needs to know in order to bake countless variations of fruit and berry pies, decadent and delicious cream pies, and a glorious assortment of cobblers, crisps, savory pies, and tarts.
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Walter Great Cakes, LJ 10/15/91 has been a cooking teacher for more than 25 years, and her experience shows in this authoritative guide to pastry making. The first section, "Before You Begin," covers ingredients, equipment, and techniques in detail; a lengthy Fruit and Berry Glossary is a particularly helpful resource. Then, because so many home cooks suffer from "fear of pie crust," Walter includes a Primer, a mini-cooking course that describes step by step how to make two basic pie and tart pastries and four classic recipesan apple and a lemon meringue pie, and two European-style fruit tarts one with pastry cream and one without. Then come more than 150 recipes, from Big Easy Apple Tart to Devilish Chocolate Candy Tart to Strawberry Ice Cream Pie; there are more than 40 pages of crust recipes alone, as well as cobblers, lower-fat treats, and some savory pies and tarts. Walter writes well, and her instructions are clear and thorough; novices will welcome her book, but seasoned bakers will also find it useful both as a reference and as a source of inspiration. An essential purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517703984
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/7/1998
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.77 (d)

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A Cooking Tip from Great Pies and Tarts

Testing Fruit

When you want to know if a particular fruit is a good candidate for a pie or a tart, here is my "secret" for testing it for moisture, texture, color, and flavor.

Peel, core, and cut an apple (as an example) into 1/4 inch slices. Place the pieces in an ovenproof glass dish (about 8-ounce capacity). Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar, and bake it at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes, or until the juices are bubbling. Let the fruit cool for at least 15 minutes, then invert it onto a small plate. Note the amount of liquid that is present and how well the apple slices retain their shape. If it is of importance, check their color, and finally, taste them for flavor.

If the fruit is not too watery or mushy, use it for baking. Adjust the sweetening in the recipe to your taste, adding a touch more lemon juice if the fruit needs a lift. If the fruit is on the watery side, add a bit more thickening to the filling. I have used this method primarily for apples and pears, but you can test the waters with other fruits as well.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2002

    Simply the BEST there is!!!

    for quite some time now, i have been trying really hard to make that PUFF Pastry,and believe me, with Carole Walter book, it was no sweat! After the first try alone,it was a success. Ms. Carole Walter, what can I say? I simply LOVE YOU for writting this book.Reading and doing what you wrote is like really being there in your class. It's a GREAT help to me. Thank you for sharing your blessings. You have the gift of teaching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2000

    Outstanding results!

    Great Pies and Tarts is the epitomy of what a cookbook should be. The primer is a straight-forward cooking class that gives the reader the confidence to tackle any pie crust and the illistrations are a mouthwatering inspration to begin right away! Every selection I've made from this cookbook has earned rave reviews. I have a large cookbook colection and this title has become one of my all-time favorites due to the ultimate success of each pie and tart. If you are a daily baker or an arm chair chef you will love Great Pies and Tarts, I highly recommend it as the best cookbook on my dessert shelf.

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