How to Make Perfect Pies and Tarts

How to Make Perfect Pies and Tarts

A flaky pie shell bursting with summer-ripe peaches… a sweet and spicy apple pie crisscrossed with lattice pastry… an elegant tart heaped with perfectly formed strawberries.

If there’s a happier ending to a meal, we can’t think of one! The perfect pie or tart is a balance of tenderness and substance, sweetness and tartness, juice and crunch. It’s also a test of the home baker’s skill, requiring careful mixing, deft rolling, judicious thickening and sweetening of the filling—and plenty of practice.

We’re here to make sure you pass that test with flying colors. We’ll be using fruit pies and tarts as examples, but most of these suggestions are just as useful when you’re baking a cream, nut, or custard pie.