Great Pies and Tarts

Great Pies and Tarts


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ISBN-13: 9780517703984
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/07/1998
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.