Mini Holiday Pumpkin Pies

These little mini pumpkin pies are so easy to make especially the filling which is stovetop made – no baking in the oven! There’s a new twist in the flavor too with a refreshing touch of orange provided by the grated zest. The crust here is a special recipe for “frolla montata” a sweet Italian type of pastry especially used for “crostate” but equally good for cookies using a cookie press. To make it even easier you can use store bought pre-made crust shells.
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Blueberry Peach Tart

Actually this blueberry peach tart is easier than pie – literally! I even used a pizza pan to bake it in since the fruit is spread out more and consequently the bottom of the crust stays crisper. The buckwheat crust lends a pleasantly nutty flavour and the juicy peaches and blueberries pair together perfectly. Other than less gluten in the crust the filling too uses practically no sugar – only a touch of maple syrup to bring out the natural sweetness of the fruit. Perfect with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Continue reading

Apple Quince Deep Dish Pie

This apple quince deep dish pie is actually easier than pie! With only the crust on top you avoid that disappointing soggy lower crust that is almost inevitable. Half the filling is provided by the quince which seems like a cross between an apple and a pear. The quince fruit shouldn’t be eaten raw and is used only in cooking and baking and has an interesting tangy flavor which makes this pie special. Continue reading