Get the dough rolling and perfect your pie-making skills to bake beautiful, foolproof versions of the corner bakery classics and French patisserie favorites--plus a host of whimsical, modern pies and tarts of all kinds like sky-high meringue pies, uniquely flavored fruit pies with intricate lattice-woven tops, and lush elegant tarts.
The Perfect Pie is the definitive guide to gorgeous pies and tarts. Maybe you want to master homespun pies that celebrate seasonal produce, or get creative with pastry-encased canvases for modern flavor profiles. No matter your pie preference, this collection will inspire you to bake. We've tested our way to the best techniques for building foolproof bakery-quality pies from the crust up: Learn how to create the flakiest pie crust from dough that's a breeze to roll. Become the expert in classics like Sweet Cherry Pie and also wow with pies that show off interesting flavors like Blueberry Earl Grey Pie (tea is infused into the filling and an adorning glaze) or Browned Butter Butternut Squash Pie with Sage. Make meringues that don't weep, or fruit filling for Deep-Dish Apple Pie that doesn't shrink under the tall-standing top crust. Discover the world of tarts like Chocolate-Hazelnut Raspberry Mousse Tart with looks that deceive its simplicity (we top crispy store-bought puff pastry with a quick mousse), sleek sesame brittle-decorated Chocolate-Tahini Tart, and rustic galettes.
When you're ready to up your game, learn to design intricate pie tops (think: braided edges for Pecan Pie; a herringbone lattice pattern for Ginger Plum Pie; creative cutouts for Apricot, Vanilla Bean, and Cardamom Pie; and candied peanut clusters for Peanut Butter and Concord Grape Pie), fashion pies big (slab pies for a crowd) and small (muffin tin pies, jar pies, and pie pops), and use ingredients you never thought to put in pie like husk cherries or rose water.
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America’s Test Kitchen is well-known for its top-rated television shows with more than 4 million weekly public television viewers, bestselling cookbooks, magazines, websites, and cooking school. The highly reputable and recognizable brands of America’s Test Kitchen, Cook’s Illustrated, and Cook’s Country are the work of over 60 passionate chefs based in Boston, Massachusetts, who put ingredients, cookware, equipment, and recipes through objective, rigorous testing to identify the very best. Discover, learn, and expand your cooking repertoire with Julia Collin Davison, Bridget Lancaster, Jack Bishop, Dan Souza, Lisa McManus, Tucker Shaw, Bryan Roof, and our fabulous team of test cooks!
"With their bounty of photos and information, ATK cookbooks are great for meeting readers right where they are, and while all home chefs can find a pie recipe here tailored to the skills they already have, they're bound to pick up more along the way." --Booklist
"The editors of America’s Test Kitchen turn their eye to sweet pies and tarts in this satisfying outing. Recipes range from tried-and-true deep-dish apple pie to a fanciful crème brûlée option whose filling is infused with lavender and torched for crackle. . . . . Fear of pastry is real for many home cooks, and this book is poised to help readers vanquish it." -- Publishers Weekly
"With obsessively tested classic and creative recipes, America’s Test Kitchen offers everything you’ll ever need to know about making pie." --Library Journal
"When perfection is the goal, this cookbook makes it easy as pie...'The Perfect Pie' provides loads of inspiration." --Portland Press Herald
"America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks are a trusted teaching source which offer both thorough instructions and explanations about why the recipes work well. So with Thanksgiving looming, The Perfect Pie: Your Ultimate Guide to Classic and Modern Pies, Tarts, Galettes, and More is the book you need to make sure the desserts on your sideboard are ... well, perfect." --Toledo Blade
"The Perfect Pie: Your Ultimate Guide to Classic and Modern Pies, Tarts, Galettes and More features more than 180-kitchen tested recipes, including Pear-Butterscotch Slab Pie and a dreamy, streusel-topped Pumpkin Praline Pie that will both revive pie memories and inspire new and exciting flavor combinations. . . This book offers step-by-step guides to every critical drape, fold and bend, in addition to tips and tricks to prevent common pie dilemmas, from cracked custards to “weeping whipped cream." --San Jose Mercury News