Pies

Cherry Almond Galette

Cherry Almond Galette by Wood and Spoon. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with seasonal rainier and dark cherries and an almond meal frangipane filing. Top with ice cream and serve wedge slices as a summer dessert perfect for picnics and parties. Find more about this simple pie recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Can I be completely transparent? I’ve been sitting at my computer for 30 minutes typing and erasing words I think I want to share with you. I keep grasping at thoughts that I’d ordinarily be able to blab about incessantly, but for some reason I’m unable to explain it in a way that makes sense. Call it writer’s block or call it Mommy brain, but I’ll just go ahead and chalk it up to a whole bunch of feels that are hard to put to words. Here’s where it all started:

I made this cherry almond galette with my daughter. Always the kitchen helper, Aimee recently discovered how much fun the cherry coring tool was. She perched herself on a kitchen stool and plucked stems off of glossy Rainiers while I punched the pits out of the fruit and into the trash. Eventually, she convinced me to let her take over, and what was supposed to be a quick hour of baking turned into a day long cherry-stained date for two in the kitchen. I love to share in special moments like this with my kids, but raise your hand if there are times you just need to get. the. job. done.

Cherry Almond Galette by Wood and Spoon. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with seasonal rainier and dark cherries and an almond meal frangipane filing. Top with ice cream and serve wedge slices as a summer dessert perfect for picnics and parties. Find more about this simple pie recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This kind of thing happens all the time. Now, as a mother of three, I’m finding that my life and agenda are not my own. It could be because my schedule is dictated by bedtimes and breastfeeding schedules. It could be because my car, once spotless, is now littered with action figures and cereal crumbs. Even my office is slowly being taken over by a slew of broken crayons and crude drawings of rainbows and stick people. Whatever the reason, my time or my space, this season of motherhood has been one of the truest dying of self that I’ve ever experienced, so much so that my life is hardly recognizable from what it was even months ago.

Cherry Almond Galette by Wood and Spoon. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with seasonal rainier and dark cherries and an almond meal frangipane filing. Top with ice cream and serve wedge slices as a summer dessert perfect for picnics and parties. Find more about this simple pie recipe on thewoodandspoon.comCherry Almond Galette by Wood and Spoon. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with seasonal rainier and dark cherries and an almond meal frangipane filing. Top with ice cream and serve wedge slices as a summer dessert perfect for picnics and parties. Find more about this simple pie recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Although people always say that motherhood is instinctual, I’d argue that most of it is still really hard to figure out. Finding a balance of who I am as Kate versus who I am as Aimee, George, and Charlie’s Mom is basically an illusive teeter totter of grey area that I usually have zero clue how to navigate. Part of me feels incredibly selfish to want to maintain some semblance of self independent of my children, but the other part knows that in order to stay sane I need to know how to still be me. So how do you do that? How do you fully embrace a new life you’ve been gifted, a life that you’ve chosen, and still maintain an identity that is even remotely recognizable? I just don’t know yet. I imagine the reality falls somewhere in-between and eventually I’ll be able to sum it up in a few words. For now it’s a mystery. I’ll fill you in if I ever figure it out, but for now, let’s just talk about the things I do know. Let’s get back to the cherry almond galette.

Cherry Almond Galette by Wood and Spoon. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with seasonal rainier and dark cherries and an almond meal frangipane filing. Top with ice cream and serve wedge slices as a summer dessert perfect for picnics and parties. Find more about this simple pie recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These are seasonal cherries, a mix of dark and rainier, topping an all-butter, almond and turbinado sugar-flecked pie crust. In between the two layers is a quick and dirty frangipane that sweetens the pastry and adds a hint of flavor and texture. Of course, you already know I made the crust with my love-you-long-time fave, Kerrygold. Their butter is unmatched when it comes to simple recipes like this, and when there is only a few ingredients to a dish you need to let each one sing. The crust is buttery and tender, and every ounce of thanks goes to that quality butter. Amen.

Cherry Almond Galette by Wood and Spoon. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with seasonal rainier and dark cherries and an almond meal frangipane filing. Top with ice cream and serve wedge slices as a summer dessert perfect for picnics and parties. Find more about this simple pie recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

The frangipane filling for this cherry almond galette is delicately sweetened and flavored. I think that little bit of filling helps to keep the crust from becoming soggy, and the almond flavor pairs perfectly with the cherries. Although I ordinarily don’t mind using frozen fruit, I kinda insist on fresh fruit when it comes to galettes because it always bakes so beautifully. Trust me on this. While making this cherry almond galette may appear to be tricky, it’s actually incredibly forgiving and way easier than a full pie. Simply roll out your chilled dough, spread the frangipane filling into the center, and top it with loads of sugared cherries. The rustic nature of a galette practically begs for messy folds of dough, so don’t worry too much about precision when you crimp the edges around the fruit. Just let it come together organically and I can almost promise it will bake out beautifully. After all, remember that Aimee helped me make this galette. If a four-year-old can crush it, grown-ups can too, okay?

Cherry Almond Galette by Wood and Spoon. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with seasonal rainier and dark cherries and an almond meal frangipane filing. Top with ice cream and serve wedge slices as a summer dessert perfect for picnics and parties. Find more about this simple pie recipe on thewoodandspoon.comCherry Almond Galette by Wood and Spoon. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with seasonal rainier and dark cherries and an almond meal frangipane filing. Top with ice cream and serve wedge slices as a summer dessert perfect for picnics and parties. Find more about this simple pie recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Thank you for listening to me banter about motherhood, and I hope my rambling hasn’t completely deterred you from giving this cherry almond galette a try. As always, thank you for supporting Kerrygold and other brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. I hope you’ll give their goods a try for all of your special bakes like this one. Happy Thursday and happy baking!

Cherry Almond Galette by Wood and Spoon. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with seasonal rainier and dark cherries and an almond meal frangipane filing. Top with ice cream and serve wedge slices as a summer dessert perfect for picnics and parties. Find more about this simple pie recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this cherry almond galette you should try:

Blueberry Cornmeal Galette

Tomato Basil Pesto Galette

Mini Strawberry Galettes

Cherry Lime Hand Pies

Black Cherry Chip Cake

Cherry Gateau Basque

 

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Cherry Almond Galette

Cherry Almond Galette by Wood and Spoon. This is an all-butter pie crust filled with seasonal rainier and dark cherries and an almond meal frangipane filing. Top with ice cream and serve wedge slices as a summer dessert perfect for picnics and parties. Find more about this simple pie recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This cherry almond galette has a sweet frangipane filling and an all-butter pie crust!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 9 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the pie dough:

  • 11/4 cups (175 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cold
  • ¼ cup ice water
  • For the filling:
  • ¾ cup (90 gm) almond meal
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 4 cups (11/4 lbs) stemmed, pitted, and halved cherries
  • 11/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, optional
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar, optional
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, optional

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until they are reduced to pea-sized clumps. The remainder of the mixture should look like a sandy consistency. Pour in the ice water and use the pastry cutter or a large fork to bring the dough together into a shaggy mixture. Then dump the contents of the bowl out onto a clean counter and work it into a ball of dough. Do not overwork the mixture. Flatten out the ball into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in the fridge to chill for at least two hours and up to a week.

To prepare the galette:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place a piece of parchment paper on a sheet pan.
  2. Combine the almond meal, ¼ cup sugar, vanilla, and half of the beaten egg in a small bowl into a pasty consistency. In a separate bowl, combine the cherries, remaining ¼ cup sugar, cornstarch, booze, and zest. Set aside.
    Use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough out onto a floured surface into a 12” circle. Spread the almond mixture in the center of the circle, leaving a 2” border around the perimeter of the circle. Dump the cherry mixture on top of the almond filling. Fold the edges of the pie dough up and over the cherries, gently pressing the dough to seal on top of itself as you fold. Use a pastry brush to brush a thin layer of the remaining beaten egg on top of the dough. Sprinkle the dough with the turbinado sugar and sliced almonds. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40-45 minutes or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling. If you notice you crust is getting dark and the inside juices aren’t bubbling at all you can make a little aluminum foil shield to cover the dough around the perimeter of your galette. Allow to cool and set prior to slicing and serving with ice cream!

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. These are pecan graham cracker crusted mini tartlets filled with a dark chocolate ganache, a salted caramel sauce, whipped cream, and toasted pecans. THe recipe makes 4 mini desserts fun for parties and are a rich sweet and salty treat for all year round. Almost no bake and simple to make! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Greetings to you all from baby land! We’re two weeks in with our new little guy, and I’m thrilled (read: shocked! amazed! perplexed!) to tell you that we’re actually doing so well. I’m not sure what I anticipated this time to be like, but we’ve had such an outpouring of love and support that this transition has been mind-blowingly sweet. Here in the South, people go all out when you have a baby. There’s gifts and baby snuggling and offers to babysit the bigger kids, of course, but hands down my very favorite perk (outside of the baby itself, duh) is all of the food people bring you. Casseroles, baked goods, snacky treats, and booze show up at your door more frequently than the UPS guy on Amazon Prime delivery day. People bring you lasagnas and pot pies and tossed salads like your milk production depends on it, and this kind of generosity is one of those Southern hospitality things that I love so much. Since I’ve had fewer meals to make, I had time to create a new treat to share with you all today: chocolate caramel pecan tarts.

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. These are pecan graham cracker crusted mini tartlets filled with a dark chocolate ganache, a salted caramel sauce, whipped cream, and toasted pecans. THe recipe makes 4 mini desserts fun for parties and are a rich sweet and salty treat for all year round. Almost no bake and simple to make! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Sweet and salty is my all-time favorite, and the combination of chocolate, salted caramel, and a buttery pecan and graham cracker crust is just the ticket. Made with Diamond Nuts  pecans, these little tarts are a show-stopper and definitely qualify as one of those desserts that people will be talking about for a long time. Although they may appear to be complicated, there’s plenty of shortcuts and make-ahead options that will simplify the baking of these little treats.

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. These are pecan graham cracker crusted mini tartlets filled with a dark chocolate ganache, a salted caramel sauce, whipped cream, and toasted pecans. THe recipe makes 4 mini desserts fun for parties and are a rich sweet and salty treat for all year round. Almost no bake and simple to make! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To prepare them, we start by crushing graham crackers and finely chopping pecans. Sugar, salt, and melted butter are added to the crumbs and the sand-like mixture is pressed into the bottom of mini tart pans with removable bottoms. The bottomless pans make for easily removal so that your tarts look tidy and seriously professional. Bake the crusts for a few minutes at 350 degrees and get started preparing the ganache.

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. These are pecan graham cracker crusted mini tartlets filled with a dark chocolate ganache, a salted caramel sauce, whipped cream, and toasted pecans. THe recipe makes 4 mini desserts fun for parties and are a rich sweet and salty treat for all year round. Almost no bake and simple to make! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Equal parts dark chocolate and warm heavy cream are stirred together until a thick pourable chocolate can be layered into the bottom of the baked shells. Once the ganache has had a chance to set, the chocolate caramel pecan tarts are ready for their second layer, salted caramel sauce. You can make your sauce homemade (I prefer this recipe!) or purchase it from the store. I love homemade caramel and almost always have a jar in my fridge, but if this intimidates you, just opt for the store-bought. Spoon a couple of tablespoons on top of the set ganache and allow to caramel to cool to room temperature.

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. These are pecan graham cracker crusted mini tartlets filled with a dark chocolate ganache, a salted caramel sauce, whipped cream, and toasted pecans. THe recipe makes 4 mini desserts fun for parties and are a rich sweet and salty treat for all year round. Almost no bake and simple to make! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

At this point, the chocolate caramel pecan tarts can rest in the fridge or even freeze for a week or two. When you’re ready to serve them, bring them to a cool temp and top with a creamy dollop of whipped cream. A sprinkle of toasted pecans finishes out these chocolate caramel pecan tarts and they’re ready for serving. These little treats are a sweet and salty delight your guests (or just you, no judgement) will seriously enjoy.

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. These are pecan graham cracker crusted mini tartlets filled with a dark chocolate ganache, a salted caramel sauce, whipped cream, and toasted pecans. THe recipe makes 4 mini desserts fun for parties and are a rich sweet and salty treat for all year round. Almost no bake and simple to make! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve had the most fun working with Diamond Nuts this past year. It’s incredibly easy to support and brag on a brand you love and trust, and their partnership has been one I’ve loved sharing with you. I’ll leave some links to other nutty recipes below so that you can give their products a try in your own home. If you’re looking for a recipe to try right away, I hope you’ll give these chocolate caramel pecan tarts a go. The pecans are the flavorful little stars of the show here, and this crust is one that you can utilize in other recipes as well. If you make time to bake them for yourselves, let me know what you think in the comments below! As always, thank you for supporting brands that make Wood and Spoon possible.

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. These are pecan graham cracker crusted mini tartlets filled with a dark chocolate ganache, a salted caramel sauce, whipped cream, and toasted pecans. THe recipe makes 4 mini desserts fun for parties and are a rich sweet and salty treat for all year round. Almost no bake and simple to make! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

For more nutty recipes like these chocolate caramel pecan tarts you should try:

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Sweet and Savory Rugelach

Pecan Apple Dutch Baby

Honey Cake with Figs and Whipped Cream Cheese

 

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Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. These are pecan graham cracker crusted mini tartlets filled with a dark chocolate ganache, a salted caramel sauce, whipped cream, and toasted pecans. THe recipe makes 4 mini desserts fun for parties and are a rich sweet and salty treat for all year round. Almost no bake and simple to make! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These chocolate caramel pecan tarts are sweet and salty minis with a pecan graham cracker crust, chocolate ganache, salted caramel sauce, and whipped cream topping.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 9 full (140 gm) graham cracker sheets, finely crushed
  • ¾ cup (90 gm) pecans, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons (100 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup (240 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup salted caramel sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Extra pecans for garnish

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the graham cracker sheets, pecans, sugar, and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl, stirring to combine. Pour in the melted butter and stir until the mixture comes together in a wet sand consistency. Pat the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of 4-4”” tart pans and bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until set. Allow to cool while you prepare the filling. Note that if your crust goes into the oven warm, it could slouch while baking. You can carefully (don’t burn yourself!) press the crumbs back up the sides when done baking as needed, or just chill the crust prior to baking.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl. Gently heat 1/2 cup of the cream on the stove or in the microwave until it’s about to start bubbling. Pour the cream over the chocolate and cover the bowl with plastic wrap for 5 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and whisk to combine the two. Pour 1-1/2 heaping tablespoons into the bottom of each slightly cooled crust and place in the fridge to chill.
  2. When the ganache has firmed up, gently warm the caramel to a spreading consistency and spread 3 tablespoons into each tart, completely covering the ganache below it. Place in the fridge to set.
  3. When ready to serve, whip the remaining ½ cup cream with the sugar and vanilla until medium peaks form. Spoon large dollops on each tart and garnished with toasted chopped pecans. Enjoy!

 

Honey Peach Pie

Honey Peach Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is an all butter pie crust filled with a honey caramel and fresh peaches and topped with a brown butter crumble. This pie bakes up scented with honey and juicy peaches and the crust and crumble add a bit of salt to offset the sweet. This is a great summer recipe to use fresh produce and make homemade pie tarts. Learn more about this dessert for a crowd at thewoodandspoon.com

Another week, another dessert. That’s how we do things around here. If you live anywhere near the South, you know our peach season took a mini hit this year, but even so, the summer fruit favorite is beginning to pop up everywhere in all it’s juicy, fuzz-covered glory. To celebrate the unofficial fruit of the South (I just declared this on my own, BTW), we’re making this honey peach pie. Let’s chat the ins and outs.

Honey Peach Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is an all butter pie crust filled with a honey caramel and fresh peaches and topped with a brown butter crumble. This pie bakes up scented with honey and juicy peaches and the crust and crumble add a bit of salt to offset the sweet. This is a great summer recipe to use fresh produce and make homemade pie tarts. Learn more about this dessert for a crowd at thewoodandspoon.com

For starters, we have an all-butter pie crust. While my usual pie dough has a smidge of shortening in it, I absolutely LOVE using an all-butter crust when I want extra-rich flavor. This crust does not disappoint. Filled with Kerrygold butter and a smidge of sugar and salt, this crust is a terrific vehicle for a pie fillings of fresh peaches, brown sugar, and… honey caramel? Yep, there’s a honey caramel in here. This is a recipe adapted from Jeni Britton Bauer’s honey butterscotch sauce that she uses to top her ice cream, and it is divine. The filling truly sings of honey here, so be sure to use a variety that you really enjoy the flavor of. To finish things off, we have a brown butter crumble. You know I’ll top just about anything with crumble and will jump at the chance to brown butter, so this pie topping is actually an all-time fave of mine.

Honey Peach Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is an all butter pie crust filled with a honey caramel and fresh peaches and topped with a brown butter crumble. This pie bakes up scented with honey and juicy peaches and the crust and crumble add a bit of salt to offset the sweet. This is a great summer recipe to use fresh produce and make homemade pie tarts. Learn more about this dessert for a crowd at thewoodandspoon.com

To make this honey peach pie, we start by prepping all of the elements of the pie. I like to begin by making my pie dough so that it can chill while I prep the other ingredients. You can even make the dough up to a week in advance! Next, whip up the honey caramel sauce so that it can chill in the fridge as well, and then finish it all off by making the brown butter crumble. Once the prep work has been done, you take a few hours or even a day or two off before actually assembling the pie!

Honey Peach Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is an all butter pie crust filled with a honey caramel and fresh peaches and topped with a brown butter crumble. This pie bakes up scented with honey and juicy peaches and the crust and crumble add a bit of salt to offset the sweet. This is a great summer recipe to use fresh produce and make homemade pie tarts. Learn more about this dessert for a crowd at thewoodandspoon.com

When you’re ready to bake your honey peach pie, start by filling a 9-10″ tart pan with a removable bottom with the pie crust. I like to roll my crust out several inches larger than the diameter of the tin on a floured surface and then roll the dough back onto my floured rolling pin. From there, simply unroll the dough into the pan and then trim the edges and crimp as desired. Toss the sliced peaches with the dry ingredients and immediately place in the pan with the drizzle of honey caramel. Top with the crumble and brush the crust with a beaten egg. This honey peach pie takes about 45 minutes to bake and another couple of hours to set, so be patient for best results.

Honey Peach Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is an all butter pie crust filled with a honey caramel and fresh peaches and topped with a brown butter crumble. This pie bakes up scented with honey and juicy peaches and the crust and crumble add a bit of salt to offset the sweet. This is a great summer recipe to use fresh produce and make homemade pie tarts. Learn more about this dessert for a crowd at thewoodandspoon.com

When you’re ready to serve this summer treat, make sure you have some ice cream or whipped cream on hand. I opted to top the whole things with extra slices of peaches and blueberries, but this was totally for aesthetic purposes. The tart is loaded with fruit and needs no further attention, just a few friends with empty forks so that you can dive right into this fruity stunner.

Honey Peach Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is an all butter pie crust filled with a honey caramel and fresh peaches and topped with a brown butter crumble. This pie bakes up scented with honey and juicy peaches and the crust and crumble add a bit of salt to offset the sweet. This is a great summer recipe to use fresh produce and make homemade pie tarts. Learn more about this dessert for a crowd at thewoodandspoon.com

I’m sharing today’s recipe in collaboration with my favorite friends at Kerrygold. Both in the all-butter pie crust and brown butter crumble, quality butter is essential for this pie, so I trust Kerrygold to provide excellent product I can trust! Their butter has slightly lower water content than the average stick you’ll find at the grocery store which means more flake to every bite. Trust me on this one. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible and thank you for reading along! Happy Tuesday and Happy Baking!

Honey Peach Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is an all butter pie crust filled with a honey caramel and fresh peaches and topped with a brown butter crumble. This pie bakes up scented with honey and juicy peaches and the crust and crumble add a bit of salt to offset the sweet. This is a great summer recipe to use fresh produce and make homemade pie tarts. Learn more about this dessert for a crowd at thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this honey peach pie you should check out:

Peach Lattice Pie

Peaches and Cream Biscuits

Peach Crumb Muffins

Peach Semifreddo

 

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Honey Peach Pie

Honey Peach Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is an all butter pie crust filled with a honey caramel and fresh peaches and topped with a brown butter crumble. This pie bakes up scented with honey and juicy peaches and the crust and crumble add a bit of salt to offset the sweet. This is a great summer recipe to use fresh produce and make homemade pie tarts. Learn more about this dessert for a crowd at thewoodandspoon.com

This honey peach pie has an all-butter crust, a honey caramel and peach filling, and a brown butter crumble topping!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 1 Pie 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 11/4 cups (175 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115 gm) unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon

For the honey caramel filling (Adapted from Jeni Britton Bauer):

  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 11/4 cup (300 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons (55 gm) unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt

For the brown butter crumble:

  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour

For the filling:

  • 1 egg
  • 11/2 pounds of ripe peaches
  • 11/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter or the backs of two forks to cut in the butter until pea-sized clumps exist throughout. Add the bourbon to the water and drizzle in a 1/3 cup of the mixture (sans ice) and use a fork to bring the dough together. Continue adding small bits of water until the mixture comes together enough for the dough to pull away from the bowl. The dough should be smooth- not sticky or crumble. Try not to overwork it. Pat the dough into a small disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge at least two hours.

To prepare the honey caramel filling:

  1. Combine the honey and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Stop stirring and continue cooking, stirring occasionally. As the mixture heats it will foam, make big clear bubbles, and then make tighter fine bubbles. Continue swirling the pan occasionally and watch as the caramel begins to slowly darken. Once the center has slightly darkened to a brownish shade, remove from heat immediately and carefully and slowly drizzle in the cream, stirring all the while. Add the butter and salt and stir until melted and combined. Place the mixture in a heat-proof bowl to chill in the fridge.

To prepare the brown butter crumble:

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat stirring regularly. Continue stirring as you brown the butter. It will sizzle, foam, and then you’ll see small golden specks forming around the bottom and sides of the pan. Continue stirring to prevent the butter from burning until the mixture is fairly golden and smells deliciously nutty. Remove from heat immediately to a heat-safe bowl. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine. Add the flour and fold until the mixture forms large clumps. Place the mixture in the fridge to chill slightly while you assemble your pie.

To prepare the pie:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll the dough out on a floured surface using a floured rolling pin until it is 2” larger than your 9” tart pan with a removable bottom on all sides. Roll the dough back onto your rolling pin and unroll it into the tart pan. Carefully press the dough into the corners of the pan and trim off any excess around the edges leaving a 1” overhang on all sides. Fold the edges into the tart pan to create a thicker crust that extends about ¼” over the sides of the pan. Crack the egg into a bowl and, without breaking the yolk, use a pastry brush to brush a thin layer of egg white all over the dough on the bottom and sides of the pan. Place the crust in the freezer to set for 15 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, peel and core your peaches and slice them into ¾” slices. Toss with the cornstarch, brown sugar, and salt. Pour the filling into the prepared tart pan. Pour 1 cup of the of the honey caramel over the peaches. You can slightly rewarm to liquid consistency as needed. Sprinkle the brown butter crumble on top.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes and then decrease the heat to 350. Bake for an additional 40-45 minutes or until the pie is set, golden, and bubbling under the crust. Allow to cool for 2-3 hours prior to cutting. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Rhubarb Pop-Tarts

Rhubarb Pop-Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. This recipe is for mini square hand pie breakfast pastries filled with a quite homemade rhubarb compote jam and a honey glaze icing. The hand pies can be made in advance and batches. These make fun morning treats or desserts. Learn how to DIY make from scratch pop-tarts here with simple pie dough and jelly on thewoodandspoon.com

I have just a short word of encouragement for you this morning that I’ll break down into a few short sentences: the words you say to people matter. The things you speak over them can be transformative. The love and encouragement you give away to others can change the way they see themselves forever. If I’ve gone in way too deep for a Wednesday morning, let me back up a minute and tell you what precipitated all of this, and then we’ll dive into these rhubarb pop-tarts.

The other day, my my parents moved out of their home of 21 years and they sent their movers to drop a few boxes and pieces of furniture that were mine. I started sorting through the boxes and found stacks of old artwork and drawings as well as piles of old letters from my elementary years. Birthday cards, Valentines, and even a few pen pal letters were strewn about my living room as I laughed and teared up at all the love people had given me over the years.

Rhubarb Pop-Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. This recipe is for mini square hand pie breakfast pastries filled with a quite homemade rhubarb compote jam and a honey glaze icing. The hand pies can be made in advance and batches. These make fun morning treats or desserts. Learn how to DIY make from scratch pop-tarts here with simple pie dough and jelly on thewoodandspoon.com

One letter in particular was really meaningful to me. I found an old hardcover journal with a hand-written inscription and a card from my third grade teacher, Mrs. Graham. In the letter, she congratulated me on the outcomes of a national writing test that I took and told me how proud she was of my accomplishments. The journal, per her letter, was for me to continue writing in, and she encouraged me to keep practicing and refining those skills as I continued on in school. “You are a terrific writer, Katie! Never stop!”

I don’t recall much about my first, fourth, or fifth grade teachers. My second grade teacher had a really long last name that I still can’t spell and a face that turned tomato red when she was angry with us. But I never forgot Mrs. Graham or that she believed in me. In moments when I’ve been scared to pursue a career as an author, as silly as it sounds, I’ve remembered her words and that there was someone out there who thought I had something good to say. Her words made me brave and honest and willing to share.

Rhubarb Pop-Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. This recipe is for mini square hand pie breakfast pastries filled with a quite homemade rhubarb compote jam and a honey glaze icing. The hand pies can be made in advance and batches. These make fun morning treats or desserts. Learn how to DIY make from scratch pop-tarts here with simple pie dough and jelly on thewoodandspoon.com

I think about this a lot when I speak with my own children. We spend a lot of time calling out talents and characteristics in them both because I want them to feel empowered to let those parts of themselves shine. I want my daughter to be eager to befriend a new kid at school because she knows how friendly and kind she is to others. I want my son to be joyful and sprinkle the world with his silliness and laughter because he knows how clever he is. A new goal of mine is to let my mother, sister, friends, husband, hell,  EVERYONE, know what goodness and beauty they bring to my life so they’ll continue to share it with me and the other people they rub shoulders with on a daily basis. The words we share with others can empower them to rise up and be better versions of themselves. So let’s share freely.

Rhubarb Pop-Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. This recipe is for mini square hand pie breakfast pastries filled with a quite homemade rhubarb compote jam and a honey glaze icing. The hand pies can be made in advance and batches. These make fun morning treats or desserts. Learn how to DIY make from scratch pop-tarts here with simple pie dough and jelly on thewoodandspoon.com

These rhubarb pop-tarts are another lovely little rendition of one of my favorite treats. I adore homemade pie crust and filling bite-sized bits of it with jam and icing has got to be one of the most fun ways to snack. These rhubarb pop-tarts are nothing more than flaky crust, a quick homemade rhubarb jam, and a sweet and floral honey icing, and they make for a delicious snack, breakfast or dessert.

Rhubarb Pop-Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. This recipe is for mini square hand pie breakfast pastries filled with a quite homemade rhubarb compote jam and a honey glaze icing. The hand pies can be made in advance and batches. These make fun morning treats or desserts. Learn how to DIY make from scratch pop-tarts here with simple pie dough and jelly on thewoodandspoon.com

To make your own rhubarb pop-tarts, we start with the crust. Flour, sugar, and salt are combined before fat is cut into the dry ingredients. We bring the dough together with ice water and allow it to chill until firm. You can do this step in advance if you’d prefer, and homemade pie. crust also freezes nicely when wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and foil. Next, we make the jam. Fresh or frozen rhubarb can be cooked down with sugar until it is thick, flavorful, and bubbly. Allow it to cool completely before filling your tarts.

To shape the rhubarb pop-tarts, simply roll out the dough super thin and use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut out small squares. You can also use a small round cookie cutter if you’d prefer, but here, I’ve used a clean plastic sewing ruler like this one to make sure each of my squares are the same size. Trim out the squares, spoon jam on half of them, and then crimp a second square on top to seal in the filling. Allow the tarts to chill in the freezer prior to baking.

Rhubarb Pop-Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. This recipe is for mini square hand pie breakfast pastries filled with a quite homemade rhubarb compote jam and a honey glaze icing. The hand pies can be made in advance and batches. These make fun morning treats or desserts. Learn how to DIY make from scratch pop-tarts here with simple pie dough and jelly on thewoodandspoon.com

After baking the rhubarb pop-tarts, the honey icing comes together quickly and adorns these simple treats. They taste best within two days, but you can make and freeze unglazed tarts for a few weeks and re-flake in the oven. Feel free to batch the recipe to serve a crowd, or keep the prep short and sweet to make just a few. These hand pies are a great way to use up the leftover rhubarb you may have floating around your fridge and freezer, so snap to it and get to baking! The season won’t last forever! Happy baking to you all and thanks for following along! Have a great week!

If you like these rhubarb pop-tarts you should check out:

Blueberry Lemon Pop-Tarts

Raspberry Champagne Pop-Tarts 

Strawberry Fig Pop-Tarts

Cranberry Pear Pop-Tarts

 

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Rhubarb Pop-Tarts

Rhubarb Pop-Tarts by Wood and Spoon blog. This recipe is for mini square hand pie breakfast pastries filled with a quite homemade rhubarb compote jam and a honey glaze icing. The hand pies can be made in advance and batches. These make fun morning treats or desserts. Learn how to DIY make from scratch pop-tarts here with simple pie dough and jelly on thewoodandspoon.com

These rhubarb pop-tarts are simple homemade hand pies made with flaky pie crust, a quick rhubarb jam and a simple honey glaze icing.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the pastry:

  • 2 1/4 cups (290 gm) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup (113 gm) butter
  • 1/2 cup (113 gm) shortening
  • 5 tablespoons ice water
  • For the Rhubarb Jam:
  • ¾ pound rhubarb, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons (75 gm) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the honey icing:

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon milk

For the rhubarb drizzle (optional):

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 11/2 tablespoons rhubarb jam
  • 12 teaspoons of water, as needed

Instructions

To prepare the pastry:

  1. Combine flour, salt and sugar in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Cut in the butter and shortening with a pastry cutter or the back of a fork until it is the consistency of a course meal with small, pea-sized chunks of butter throughout. Add water, 1-2 tablespoons at a time, tossing gently until pastry comes together in moist clumps. Divide dough in half and pat into two round, flat disks. Wrap with Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

To prepare the rhubarb jam:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium-sized pot over low heat. Stir to combine and continue stirring regularly until all the sugar has dissolved. You can test this by carefully rubbing a little bit of the liquid in the pot between two fingers- it should feel smooth.
  2. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring regularly until the mixture comes to a simmer. Allow it to simmer for about 10minutes until the rhubarb has broken down and the mixture is approximately applesauce consistency. Remove from heat and place in a heat-proof bowl to cool in the fridge. This jam will keep in the fridge for approximately 2-3 weeks.

To prepare the pop-tarts:

  1. Roll out one disk of pastry to 1/8” thickness on a floured surface. Use a ruler and a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut 3” squares out of the dough. Each Pop-Tart will require two pieces (one for top and one for bottom). You can gather any extract pieces of dough and repeat this process to get enough pieces.
  2. Place 2-3 teaspoons of cooled filling on top of half of the rounds.
  3. Top the filled rounds with a second circle of crust and use a fork to crimp the edges. Vent the top of each rectangle by poking the top of the pastry with a fork 2-3 times. Freeze the pop tarts on the baking sheet for at least 2 hours or up to a week.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake the tarts, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool before topping with glaze.

To prepare the icing:

  1. Whisk the powdered sugar, honey, and milk together. Add extra powdered sugar to thicken and extra milk to thin the glaze. Spoon a small amount onto each poptart. Follow up with the rhubarb drizzle, if desired. Again, combine the sugar, rhubarb jam, and water with a whisk. Add extra powdered sugar to thicken it and extra water to thin it. Drizzle on and enjoy!

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This past week has been one of the weirdest, out-of-the-norm passing of days that I have experienced in a long time, and because you stumbled upon this page, we’re in it together now. I can’t wait to share about this super impressive and simple brown sugar buttermilk tart, but first, let me update you on all that transpired this week.

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve been spending the better part of the last few months nesting like crazy. In that time, I’ve accomplished a ton and was beginning to feel like maybe we were getting prepared to have this baby. Last Tuesday, I went in for a routine appointment at my doctor’s office to find that baby girl was attempting to jail break out of me and into the world about 5 weeks too early. NOT COOL, BABY. Although I’m no stranger to babies that come a little earlier than expected (I’m looking at you, George!), 5 weeks was a little too soon for comfort. In order to keep baby number three planted in my belly for a few more weeks, the doctor opted to put me on bedrest.

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

So bedrest. Certainly not the worst thing that’s ever happened to me, but definitely one of the strangest. Picking up my children, bending over to pull a roast out of the oven, and even walking up the stairs to tuck little people into their beds is  no longer okay. I have spent a week’s worth of days sitting at my desk catching up on paperwork, laying on the couch entirely bored by the drama on overshare on social media, and watching movies with my TV zombie children. It turns out that bedrest can be kinda hard on Moms but awesome for kids who are lobbying for one more episode of PJ Masks.

But there is an entirely wonderful side to all of this too. Bedrest is just about the only thing that could force me to slow down. That means more snuggling, more bedtime story reading, more occasional catnaps, more stillness. I’m not great at sitting still and this bit of time has served as a little calm and reflection before the proverbial storm of a third child. Moreso than that, I’m reminded for the millioneth time of what wonderful community and friends we have here in Selma, AL. People come out of the woodwork to help when they find out you’re down for the count, and while I’m certainly not an invalid in need of 24-hr care, it’s heart-filling to know that people are willing and wanting to serve you. Needless to say, I’ve got lots of reasons for gratitude this week. Gratitude for time, gratitude for friends, and gratitude for this brown sugar buttermilk tart.

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Let me give you the 411 on this treat that I’m sharing with my friends at Kerrygold. This is a no-bake cream tart situation featuring a salty graham cracker crust, a stovetop custard filling, and a tangy 2-ingredient fruit topping that can accompany any array of seasonal fruit that you may find in your fridge this month. It’s a make-ahead, fit for a crowd type of dessert that can be adapted to suit your preferences, and the flavors, while fairly simple and straight-forward, are comforting and fresh all at the same time.

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To make this brown sugar buttermilk tart, we start with the crust. Graham crackers, brown sugar, salt, and loads of melted Kerrygold butter are pulsed together until the mixture resembles a wet sand consistency. Press the mixture into the sides and bottom of a fluted tart pan and allow it to chill while you make the filling. The filling, as the name brown sugar buttermilk tart suggests, is a buttermilk-based custard sweetened with brown sugar and cinnamon. It thickens quickly on the stove with the help of some egg and cools to a soft creamy consistency. We pour this whole mixture into the prepared crust to cool.

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Once you’re ready to serve this brown sugar buttermilk tart, adorn the heck out of it with whatever fresh fruit you fancy. Here, I used plums, blue and blackberries, and even some toasted coconut I had on hand. The fruit serves to freshen up the tart, so use ripe, ready-to-eat favorites of whoever you’re serving. To add even a bit more fruity tang, I recommend a quick fruity drizzle made by combining tart preserves with a bit of lime juice. The juice thins out the sweet preserves and balances it with a kick of acid. The whole thing works together super nicely and makes for an impressive treat that you can share.

I hope you’ll call on this brown sugar buttermilk tart in the coming summer months. It’s a great way to showcase summer fruit and something about it feels effortless yet elevated. For the crust and all of your other butter needs, I highly recommend Kerrygold. Their products serve stunning desserts like this well, and it’s an honor to partner with a brand I respect so highly. In the meantime, thank you for your prayers and support in the coming weeks! We can’t wait for baby girl to make an arrival and will be sure to share all about it when the time is right. Happy Thursday and Happy Baking!

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this brown sugar buttermilk tart you should check out:

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl

Pumpkin Pecan Tart with Maple Whipped Cream

Honey Mascarpone Tart with Figs and Salty Graham Crust

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

Lemon Almond Tart

 

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Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This brown sugar buttermilk tart is a sweet and salty no bake pie with a cream filling, a tangy fruit drizzle, and a salty graham cracker crust. Serve with your favorite seasonal fruit!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups (200 gm) graham cracker crumbs
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons (100 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 5 large (90 gm) egg yolks
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 21/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 13/4 cups (395 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup (145 gm) whole buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

For the topping:

  • 2 cups of fruit of your choice (berries, sliced stone fruit, etc)
  • ½ cup blackberry or raspberry jam
  • 1  tablespoon lime juice or water

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Whisk together the brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the melted butter and stir until well combined. Press the crumbs into the bottom and sides of a 9-10” tart pan with a removable bottom. Place in the fridge to chill while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the heavy whipping cream, buttermilk, and vanilla bean paste. Place the pan over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally. Once gently bubbling, slowly drizzle a small amount of the hot cream mixture into the beaten egg yolk mixture, being sure to whisk all the while. Continue to add the cream and whisk until the contents of both bowls have been combined. Pour the entirety of the mixture back into the saucepan over medium-low heat and cook for about 4 minutes, constantly stirring, until thickened slightly (about the consistency of mayonnaise). Pull the pan off the heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, stirring once every minute or so. Pour the content of the pan into the prepared pie crust and smooth the filling out. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top of the pie filling and place in the fridge to chill.

To prepare the topping:

  1. Combine the jam and juice or water with a whisk. Add a little more liquid to make the topping more viscous if desired. Drizzle the “sauce” on top of pieces of sliced pie and serve with fresh fruit!

Derby Hand Pies

Derby Hand Pies by Wood and Spoon. These are mini pop tart pies filled with bourbon pecan pie filling and topped with a chocolate ganache and pecans. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby party dessert, these little bite sized desserts are great for feeding a festive crowd while watching the derby. Read more about making these tiny southern pies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Today’s post will be short and sweet. I am knee-deep in nesting mode (hello chalk paint! hello oxyclean! hello rearranging the furniture!), and have set aside this week to prep my kiddos’ rooms as much as possible prior to baby girl arriving. Yes, we’re only 31 weeks into this pregnancy, but when the urge to nest hits, Mama Bird can’t back down, okay? Today we’re talking about these mini derby hand pies just in time for the Kentucky derby. It’s my favorite sporting event of the year, and once you get a taste of this chocolate and bourbon goodness it might end up being yours too.

Brett and I were married on my grandparent’s Kentucky farm the week before the Derby. I keep memories of the day tucked in the corners of my brain like well-loved photographs that I get to revisit over and over again. The ceremony, party, and events leading up to both were far from perfect, but it felt cozy and personal and will forever hold a warm and fuzzy place in my heart.

Derby Hand Pies

These derby pie bars remind me of that day. Loaded with chopped nuts and rich chocolate, these bourbon-spiked bars contain all the essence of classic derby pie flavors in each and every bite along with an extra-thick shortbread crust that is really so delicious. Derby pie is the quintessential Kentucky Derby dessert, and those rich flavors always make me think of the bluegrass state and our wedding day.

If you’ve hung around this blog long enough, you probably recall the derby pie bars and derby pie cookies I made in the past. These derby hand pies are another take on the classic race day dessert, and they are a cute and sassy way to level-up just a regular old pie. I love anything that can be served in mini or individual servings, and if you’re planning a Derby Day party (or to celebrate our anniversary?) these would be a fun and cheeky treat to consider serving.

Derby Hand Pies

To make them, we start with a pie dough. My favorite flaky pie crust comes together quickly and can be made in advance. Allow the dough to chill for a few hours or overnight and make the filling in the meantime. Just like a pecan pie, brown sugar, corn syrup, nuts, and more simmer on the stove until thick and goopy. We let the filling cool completely so that it stays scoopable and doesn’t squish out the sides of the pie dough.

Roll out your dough as thin as your dare and cut out rounds of dough. Stuff as much filling in between two circles of two as you can and then crimp the edges with a floured fork. After a quick brush of an egg wash, these derby hand pies bake up golden and flaky. To finish them off, we make a simple ganache to spoon on top of each pie and sprinkle with toasted pecans. Delicious, y’all.

Derby Hand Pies

I hope you consider cheers-ing to these derby hand pies this weekend. Be sure to check out a few of my other bourbon favorites below to meet all of your baking needs for the weekend’s festivities. Happy Tuesday and Happy Baking!

If you like these derby hand pies you should make:

Derby Pie Cookies

Derby Pie Bars

Bourbon Truffles

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake

 

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Derby Hand Pies

Derby Hand Pies by Wood and Spoon. These are mini pop tart pies filled with bourbon pecan pie filling and topped with a chocolate ganache and pecans. Inspired by the famous Kentucky derby party dessert, these little bite sized desserts are great for feeding a festive crowd while watching the derby. Read more about making these tiny southern pies on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

These derby hand pies are miniature versions of the classic Kentucky Derby dessert! Give these tiny pies with bourbon, chocolate, and nuts a shot!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 35
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 14 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the pastry:

  • 13/4 cups (210 gm) of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) butter
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) shortening
  • 5 tablespoons (approximately) of ice water

For the filling:

  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • 2/3 cup (200 gm) corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup (40 gm) unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 11/2 cups (170 gm) pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon

For the hand pies:

  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (60 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • Extra pecans, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the pastry:

  1. Combine flour, salt and sugar in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Cut in the butter and shortening with a pastry cutter or the back of a fork until it is the consistency of a course meal with small, pea-sized chunks of butter throughout. Add water, 1-2 tablespoons at a time, tossing gently until pastry comes together in moist clumps. Pat the dough into a round, flat disk. Wrap with Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, and eggs. Stir in the pecans, salt, and bourbon. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then reduce the heat to low and keep at a simmer for 10 minutes. Once thickened, remove from heat and pour into a separate bowl and allow to chill in the fridge until barely scoopable.

To prepare the hand pies:

  1. Allow the dough to sit out about 5-10 minutes to allow it to become rollable. On a floured surface using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out to just shy of 1/8”. Make sure to keep your surface under the dough floured so it doesn’t stick! Cut out 2-1/2” rounds of dough using a biscuit cutter or a sharp knife and rim of a glass. Place the rounds on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Whisk the egg in a small bowl with a teaspoon of water and using a pastry brush or basting brush to brush a thin layer of egg wash around the perimeter of the dough on half of the circles. Spoon 2-2-1/2 teaspoons of the cooled filling into the center of these dough pieces and top each with a round of dough that doesn’t have the egg wash. Use the floured prongs of a fork to crimp the edges and arrange them on the baking sheet 1-1/2” apart. Repeat this process with any remaining dough by re-rolling and cutting and filling. Place the prepared pies in the freezer for at least 3 hours to chill.
  2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 and brush a thin layer of  the remaining egg wash on the top of the pies. Vent the top by pricking a fork into the top of each and bake until bronzed, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven to cool while you prepare the topping.
  3. Gently heat the heavy whipping cream on the stove or in the microwave until just barely bubbling. Pour the cream over top of the chocolate in a small bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap for 5 minutes. Whisk the melted mixture together to combine and allow it to sit out about 10 minutes until it becomes a thickened mixture that won’t spill over the edges of the pies. Spread a small round of the ganache on top of each cooled pie and top with additional chopped pecans, if desired.

Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

This is a post about banoffee pie. If you’ve never heard of it or aren’t quite sure what it’s all about, you’re in luck, because today we’re going to get down to the nitty gritty of this fabulous sweet and salty dessert. But today’s post is also about patience. It’s about waiting, and moving graciously throughout transition. So if you’re into gooey pies or love real talk on life lessons, stick around because we’re going to chat through it all this morning.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

You ever get the sense that you’re in a period of change? For some time, I have sensed that that’s where I was. Over Christmas, I mistook this feeling for simply being burnt out. Between a move, a full work calendar, and the first trimester of a sicky pregnancy, I was just kinda… blah. So I waded (and waited) through it, trimmed back on my to-do list, and took time to just enjoy the season with my kiddos. When January arrived, I knew it was time to get back to work. I jumped back into the grind, expecting things to flow as smoothly as they previously had been, and for some reason it just didn’t. Does this ever happen to you? Do you ever find yourself feeling kinda stuck or lost, maybe even a little unsure of what your next step should be? Almost like you’re at some sort of fork in the path that you’re on, but there’s no arrow or roadmap to tell you what turn comes next? Well, that was me. Unsettled, uncertain, and at a loss as to what to do next.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

How do we wait gracefully for the next chapter of our story? Do we just idle through life and wait for the change in wind to blow us in the right direction? Do we stifle any feeling of discontentment, and play through the pain or hustle harder until some giant neon sign with whistles and bells dumptrucks us into a new phase of life? My small grouper leader has been talking about what it looks like to be peacefully at rest in our circumstances even when they’re undesirable or even just a little bit off. Being at rest doesn’t really mean that you just stop working all together and wait for a handout. It also doesn’t mean dwelling on the yuck and talking about it endlessly until a change comes. What I’m believing and what is beginning to really settle on in my spirit is that waiting gracefully means being at peace regardless of your circumstances. It means moving forward, working diligently in the time being, with your eyes peeled for opening doors ahead. It means being okay with not having it all figured out and content to continue being effective right where you are.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m not sure if any of you all are in/have been in this boat that I’m paddling, but my gut tells me I’m not alone. There’s lots of us, men and women alike, who desire and even feel a change coming on, but the unknown and potentially prolonged period of waiting is straight up terrifying. My word for you today is that it’s okay to transition, and there is nothing to fear about stepping into the unknown when the time is right. Work hard, find joy exactly where you are for the time being, and trust your instincts. You’ll know when the time is right and you’ll have no regrets if you blossomed where you were planted for the time being.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

Is that enough real talk? Are you ready for pie?

Banoffee pie is a traditional English favorite. In a true banoffee pie, a digestive cookie crust is filled with layers of bananas and thick, gooey toffee filling. Whipped cream and shaved chocolate are loaded on just before serving for a sticky, sweet, and altogether irresistible tasting pie. This version, fairly spot on with exception of the crust, hits the mark on every aspect of that traditional banoffee pie flavor profile, and it is nothing short of fabulous.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m sharing today’s recipe in partnership with my BFFs at Kerrygold. Quality butter makes a huge difference in taste in this pie, and you’ll notice the rich, buttery goodness in almost every element of it. In the crust, warmed butter brings together the salted graham cracker and brown sugar mixture. In the filling, butter balances out the sugary sweet toffee and lends a rich chew to every bite. Butter helps this chilled, gooey treat hold its shape in the fridge and lends it so much flavor. This is a dessert worth investing in quality ingredients, and you can trust Kerrygold to bring it every time.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

A few tidbits on this banoffee pie. First, it’s entirely no bake. The crust is a pat and chill situation and the filling is prepped on the stovetop. Second, this pie is messy. It’s not a perfectly sliced, prim and proper treat; it’s a lick the plate, sop up every bit of filling type of thing. Here’s what you can expect: the crust is a fairly standard graham cracker crust, except we use brown sugar for extra flavor and a little extra salt to balance out the filling. Truly, it’s a salty crust and that is in no way disappointing. The bananas, which you can layer underneath the filling or on top of it depending on your preference, will 100% weep and make this a seriously gooey drippy pie. If you hide your bananas under the toffee, the whole filling will become a bit puddly upon cutting, and if you layer them on top, you can maintain a little more structure depending on how close to the time of serving that you assemble the pie. Read in the notes section of the recipe for more on that. Finally, the whipped topping here is entirely optional, but whipped cream is almost always a great idea to me. It’s only barely sweetened and lends a creamy vanilla flavor to the whole shebang. If you want to land chocolate shavings like you see photographed, you can use the tutorial I followed here.

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

This banoffee pie is one of my favorite things I’ve made recently. It’s maybe not much from an aesthetic standpoint, but what it lacks in structure and clean lines it makes up for in some serious level-up flavor. I really hope you’ll give it a try in the coming weeks. Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring this post. Y’all, give it a try when you take a stab at this pie. Their butter is seriously divine. Happy baking to you all and thanks for reading along!

If you like this banoffee pie you should try:

Banana Cream Pie Cake

Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls

Banana Cream Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

 

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Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a salted graham cracker and brown sugar crust filled with gooey sliced banana and a thick and rich toffee filling made with sweetened condensed milk. Whipped cream tops the pie along with chocolate shavings. This is a sweet and salty dessert for a crowd based on the traditional British favorite. Read more about this treat sponsored by kerrygold butter on thewoodandspoon.com

This banoffee pie is a salted graham cracker crust filled with a banana and toffee filling. A sweet and salty, gooey treat of a pie!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 1- 9" Pie 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups (200 gm) graham cracker crumbs
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons (100 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • ½ cup (110 gm) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 114 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

For the pie:

  • 4 medium-sized bananas
  • 1 cup (240 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate shavings, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Whisk together the brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the melted butter and stir until well combined. Press the crumbs into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9-10” tart pan with a removable bottom. Place in the fridge to chill while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the butter and brown sugar and stir regularly until melted. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir to combine. Stir the contents of the pan regularly until the mixture comes to a boil and then cook, stirring all the while, for an additional 3 minutes. The mixture will barely thicken and may even darken a hair. Remove the mixture from the heat.

To assemble the pie:

  1. Slice the banana into ¼” coins and layer then around the bottom of the pie crust (see notes). Pour the warm toffee directly on top of the bananas and place in the fridge or freezer to chill completely. Just before serving the pie, use the whisk attachment in the bowl of a stand mixer to bring the whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract into a whipped cream. Spread dollops on top of the pie and serve! If you don’t plan to serve the pie immediately, see notes for alternative options.

Notes

  • As an alternative, you can pour the filling directly on top of the pie crust and then layer the bananas on top just before serving. The bananas WILL WEEP inside this pie, releasing their juices and flavor. While this definitely enhances the flavor, it also makes for a messy pie. If you’re wanting slightly neater presentation, I’d recommend adding the bananas on top of the toffee just before serving, but keep in mind that these bananas will still weep, so serve quickly! You can barely spritz the bananas with a mixture of lemon juice and water prior to topping the pie if you don’t plan to cover them with whipped cream entirely. This will stall the browning process.
  • The crust recipe will yield a thick crust! If you don’t want your crust quite that thick, save 1/3 cup of the crumbs and use to sprinkle on top of the whipped cream.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

You guys know me by now. I take any and every excuse for celebration and do my best to turn it into a full-on party. Maybe it’s because I love my friends; maybe it’s because I love seeing fresh-cut flowers and balloons scattered about my house. Whatever the case may be, I adore the party planning process, particularly as it pertains to selecting a menu and theme. These white chocolate cheesecake tartlets were among the goodies I shared at a gathering a few weeks ago, and I’m thrilled to get to chat about them with you all today as the last installment of this year’s #monthofchocolate.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Brett and I attend a couple’s small group at our church on Sunday mornings. It’s a mix of couples, mostly married and some not, ranging in age from late twenties to late fifties-ish, and it is such a healthy and life-giving thing for us. In an effort to get out of the “classroom” and really just have fun, we decided to have a Valentine’s Day Italian dinner. I bought big, shiny heart-shaped balloons and tacky heart confetti and banners to put around my house. We drank wine and ate big pans of my mother-in-law’s lasagna by the candlelight provided from leftover glass votives and tea lights from our wedding. It was entirely cheesy and unnecessary, but even as I sit here typing, I’m totally smiling big because it was just so fun. It feels good to unplug, connect, and have silly, easy conversation with people that love you back.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Dessert was all chocolate, partly due to theme and partly out of sheer convenience. In the throws of testing recipes for #monthofchocolate, I was overrun with test batches of flourless chocolate cake, vegan fluffernutter cookies, and these cutie little white chocolate cheesecake tartlets. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to share bites of tester tastes to friends who wouldn’t judge a work in progress recipe. All in all, the night was terrific, and I’m thrilled that you get a taste of that evening today with this elegant and simple recipe.

These white chocolate cheesecake tartlets are a variation of a no-bake cheesecake that I’ve been making for years. The crust is a sweet and crumbly shortbread and is the only portion of the recipe that requires any time in the oven at all. With few ingredients involved, I lean on Kerrygold’s salted butter for flavor and quality. As with most shortbreads, the flavor of this crust is seriously buttery, and I prefer to use a product that has the just-right balance between sweet and salty. This crust, quite literally, melts in your mouth and there’s not doubt in my mind that Kerrygold butter plays a starring role in that.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

The filling here (made in the microwave, btw!) is nothing more than cream cheese, chopped white chocolate, and a little bit of sugar and vanilla for flavor. The mixture gets folded into whipped cream and it sets up in the fridge to a soft-cheesecake consistency. The fancy show-stopper of these white chocolate cheesecake tartlets is the blood orange swirl. A simple sauce made from blood orange juice, sugar, and cornstarch comes together on the stove and sets to a thick saucy consistency. The mixture can be used in a number of ways (think flavored cocktails, cake fillings, toast toppings, and ice cream compotes!), but here, we use it for it’s floral tang, mild sweetness, and stunning color. You can use a store-bought jam or sauce here in a pinch, but I love putting that fleeting winter produce to use.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

I finished off the white chocolate cheesecake tartlets with candied walnuts that I purchased from the store, but this is entirely unnecessary. You can serve solo or opt to finish off with more sauce, whipped cream, or even little ginger cookie crumbles. Find something with texture in your pantry and HAVE AT IT. These little white chocolate cheesecake tartlets are seriously adaptable and would be complimented by a multitude of toppings.

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring these little white chocolate cheesecake tartlets. Be sure to grab a pack (or five!) of their butter for baking up these little tartlets and more. Any dessert this special deserves the added bonus of quality, uncompromised butter, and you can expect that with Kerrygold. I hope you all have enjoyed this year’s #monthofchocolate and I look forward to getting back to business in March with tons of all new words and recipes. Happy Thursday and Happy Baking!

If you like these white chocolate cheesecake tartlets you should check out:

Blood Orange Cheesecake

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

White Chocolate Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tartlets

 

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White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl by Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are almost shortbread tart crusts filled with a no bake cream cheese and white chocolate filling. The quick blood orange jam here adds a swirl or flavor and tang. You can substitute in another favorite jam here! These come together quickly and make for a nice make-ahead dessert option for small dinner parties. They are an easy to make simple fancy dessert for the spring! If you're wondering how to use blood oranges, this is how! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

These white chocolate cheesecake tartlets are mini no-bake cheesecakes swirled with a simple blood orange sauce.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the blood orange sauce:

  • 1 pound blood oranges
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the shortbread crusts:

  • ¾ cup (170 gm) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

For the cheesecake filling:

  • 5.5 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup chopped toasted walnuts, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the blood orange jam:

  1. Peel, slice and seed the blood oranges, being sure to remove as much of the pith (white skin on fruit) as possible, as this will cause the jam to taste bitter. Puree the fruit in a blender or fruit processor until a pulpy juice forms. Pour the juice into a saucepan and whisk in the sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla. Turn the heat to medium and bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Allow to boil, stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes until thickened slightly. Turn off the heat, skim the bubbles off the top and and place in a heat-safe container to chill in the fridge to at least room temp.

To prepare the crusts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter in a medium-sized mixing bowl until smooth. Add the confectioner’s sugar, cinnamon, and flour and stir on low until a crumbly mixture forms. When you press it between your fingers it should pack like wet sand. Divide the mixture between the 6- 4” tart pans with removable bottoms (I used just shy of ½ cup in each pan) and press into the sides and bottom of the pan in an even layer. I find it’s easiest to press into the sides first and then smooth the remaining dough into the bottom. Place the tart pans on a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven to pan until firm, about 13-15 minutes. Remove from oven to cool completely.

To prepare the tarts:

  1. Combine the white chocolate and cream cheese in a microwave-safe mixing bowl and microwave in 25 second intervals, stirring regularly afterwards. This allows the white chocolate to melt gently. Continue this process until the clumps of white chocolate combine smoothly with the softened cream cheese. In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla and heavy whipping cream and whip until medium peaks form. Fold about half of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and then fold the remaining whipped cream in until smooth. Be careful to not overwork it. Fill the cooled tart dishes with some of the cream cheese mixture, about 2/3 of the way full, alternating with some of the blood orange jam. I use about 2 tablespoons of sauce in each tart pan. Once the tart pans are filled, use a toothpick to gently swirl the two mixtures together. If you ended up with a big glob of cream cheese on top you can drop a few rounds of sauce on top to make pretty swirls. Place the finished tarts in the fridge to set up. Prior to eating, pull the tarts out of the fridge, pop the tarts out of the pan, and allow to rest at room temp for about 15-20 minutes to allow the crust to soften slightly. Top with toasted walnuts, if desired.

Notes

  • You can substitute in a different jam or preserves for the blood orange sauce. Just loosen it a bit with water until it reaches sauce consistency.

This post has been sponsored by Kerrygold. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. 

Apple Frangipane Tart

Apple Frangipane Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an elegant holiday tart with a flaky pie crust, and almond filling and beautiful apples on top. Served with a glass of wine this is the French treat your holiday guests will go crazy for! This fancy dessert is made in a tart pan and easily serves a crowd. Find out more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time you know that I’m more than a little excited about today’s post. I’ve long been a teensy bit of a Francophile, and today I’m sharing a delightfully fancy, all-too-beautiful French apple frangipane tart. It’s the kind of treat that feel effortlessly elegant, simple and complex all in one bite, and after we dive into it I think you’ll feel the same way.

Apple Frangipane Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an elegant holiday tart with a flaky pie crust, and almond filling and beautiful apples on top. Served with a glass of wine this is the French treat your holiday guests will go crazy for! This fancy dessert is made in a tart pan and easily serves a crowd. Find out more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Frangipane is decidedly French and particularly traditional around the Christmas holiday. Made with butter, sugar, eggs, and ground almonds, frangipane is a sweetened filling often used in a variety of French tarts, cakes, and pastries. I often see the filling paired with pears, but with the abundance of beautiful pink apples I’d been seeing at the store, I decided an apple frangipane tart was entirely necessary.

Apple Frangipane Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an elegant holiday tart with a flaky pie crust, and almond filling and beautiful apples on top. Served with a glass of wine this is the French treat your holiday guests will go crazy for! This fancy dessert is made in a tart pan and easily serves a crowd. Find out more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This whole idea of an apple frangipane tart came from working with Millesima USA, an online European fine wine retailer. They specialize in rare bottles and have an extensive selection of premium wines. I made my first order with them just before Thanksgiving and decided to create a dessert that would pair well with one of their many beautiful French wines. With the help of a friend, I ended up selecting two white wines from Chateau Fuisse, and let me tell you- they were DELICIOUS. The ordering process was incredibly simple and the bottles shipped to my local ABC store for free. In my small town of Selma, AL, I had gained access to Europe’s most extensive online library of wines. Talk about feeling fancy. 

Apple Frangipane Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an elegant holiday tart with a flaky pie crust, and almond filling and beautiful apples on top. Served with a glass of wine this is the French treat your holiday guests will go crazy for! This fancy dessert is made in a tart pan and easily serves a crowd. Find out more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

So here it is: my fancy pants French dessert that just begs for a seriously  good glass of wine. To make this apple frangipane tart for yourself, we’ll start with the crust. Traditionally, frangipane tarts use a press-in pastry crust, but I decided to opt for my favorite pie crust. I love the extra butter and flake it lends this dessert. To make it, combine flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl before cutting in butter and shortening. Add ice water to the mixture until a shaggy dough comes together that you can chill until you’re ready to bake. Roll out of the dough on a floured surface and lay into a fluted tart pan. I used one with a removable bottom, but that’s totally optional here. Par-bake the crust briefly to allow the bottom to cook, and in the meantime you can whip up your filling! 

Apple Frangipane Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an elegant holiday tart with a flaky pie crust, and almond filling and beautiful apples on top. Served with a glass of wine this is the French treat your holiday guests will go crazy for! This fancy dessert is made in a tart pan and easily serves a crowd. Find out more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Softened butter and sugar are combined in a large bowl. Eggs, vanilla, and almond extract come next followed by the salt and almond flour. While the pie crust continues to bake, you can set your filling aside and slice the apples. I used 3 medium-sized pink lady apples, primarily because they bake well and have a beautiful pink skin. You can peel the skin off if you prefer, but I just couldn’t miss out on that color! Just thinly slice the apples and keep the little sections of slices together so that they’ll arrange pretty in the tart. When the crust is done baking, remove it from the oven and spread the frangipane inside. Gently lay fanned out sections of apples in the frangipane, pushing down just a tiny bit. Pop the apple frangipane tart back in the oven to bake for another 45 minutes. The filling will puff and turn golden by the time its done. 

Apple Frangipane Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an elegant holiday tart with a flaky pie crust, and almond filling and beautiful apples on top. Served with a glass of wine this is the French treat your holiday guests will go crazy for! This fancy dessert is made in a tart pan and easily serves a crowd. Find out more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Allow the apple frangipane tart to cool slightly before cutting and serving. You can certainly make this a day in advance and barely re-warm slices to serve. The crust is ridiculously flaky and the filling is perfectly sweet. The apples definitely taste best on the day of baking, but you can revive any dried out fruit by heating a bit of apricot or orange marmalade and brushing it on the fruit. It’s like an instant pick-me-up for a day-old dessert, and it adds a little sticky shine to the fruit too. This dessert is an elegant treat to serve at your upcoming holiday suppers, and you better believe it tastes splendid with a quality bottle of wine as well. I’ll link to the ones I picked out from Millesima so that you can try them for yourself. Whether for holiday parties or New Year bashes, Millesima is my new go-to source for special bottles worthy of celebrations. Check out there retail space online and don’t hesitate to ask questions if you’re new to the online ordering! My experience was seamless, and I’m happy to brag on them a ton.

Apple Frangipane Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an elegant holiday tart with a flaky pie crust, and almond filling and beautiful apples on top. Served with a glass of wine this is the French treat your holiday guests will go crazy for! This fancy dessert is made in a tart pan and easily serves a crowd. Find out more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Apple Frangipane Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an elegant holiday tart with a flaky pie crust, and almond filling and beautiful apples on top. Served with a glass of wine this is the French treat your holiday guests will go crazy for! This fancy dessert is made in a tart pan and easily serves a crowd. Find out more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Give this apple frangipane tart and try and let me know what you think! Tune in later this week for a pepperminty treat and a last-minute holiday gift guide for the special gals in your life. Happy Baking!

If you like this apple frangipane tart you should try:

Berry Rhubarb Tart

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

Honey Mascarpone Tart

Strawberry Fig Pop-Tarts 

Caramel Apple Pie

 

This post is sponsored by Millesima USA. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. 

 

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Apple Frangipane Tart

Apple Frangipane Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an elegant holiday tart with a flaky pie crust, and almond filling and beautiful apples on top. Served with a glass of wine this is the French treat your holiday guests will go crazy for! This fancy dessert is made in a tart pan and easily serves a crowd. Find out more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This apple frangipane tart is a classic French almond tart with a flaky pie crust and beautiul apples on top! Serve as a fancy sliced treat this holiday!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 13/4 cups (240 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) chilled vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, ice cold
  • 6+ tablespoons ice water

For the filling:

  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (135 gm) sugar
  • 2 large eggs, plus one for the egg wash
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 11/2 cups (145 gm) almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Approximately 3 medium-sized baking apples (I used pink lady)
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted, optional
  • Powdered sugar, optional

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Combine the all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter or the backs of two forks to cut the shortening and butter into the dry ingredients until pea-sized clumps exist throughout. Add about ¼ cup of ice water and use a fork to bring the dough together. Add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to get the dough to come together. The dough should be tacky but not sticky wet, and should pack together without dry pieces flaking off. Press into a round disk being careful not to overwork the dough and wrap in plastic wrap. Allow the pie dough to chill at least two hours or up to a week prior to baking.

To prepare the tart:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Remove the chilled dough from the fridge and allow to sit out for 5 minutes. Using a floured rolling pin on a floured surface, roll the dough out into a flat, 1/8” round that is about an inch larger than your tart pan on all sides. (I use a 9” metal tart pan with a removable bottom.) Roll the dough back up on the pin loosely and move it into the tart pan, gently pressing the dough into the edges of the pan. Leave and inch excess on all sides and trim off any excess. Fold the lip of the dough under and keep pressing the dough into the sides of the pan. The dough may shrink in the oven, so build the edge up 1/8-1/4” above the lip of the pan. Line the pan with a sheet of parchment and fill it with pie weights or dried beans. Par-bake the crust in the oven for 15 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the filling.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl on medium speed until combine, about a minute. Add 2 eggs and the extracts and stir to combine. Add the almond flour and salt and stir to combine. Prep the apples by washing and quartering them. Make thin slices throughout each quarter and keep the sections together to arrange in the tart. Whisk the extra egg in a small bowl with a little bit of water.
  3. When the pie crust is done par-baking, remove it from the oven and use a pastry brush to whisk a layer of egg all over the crust. Spread the filling into the crust and then arrange the apples on top. I like to take small sections of apples, fan them while in my hand and then place them where I want on the tart. The filling will puff while baking so there is no need to press them in deep. Fill the top of the tart with apples and then place the tart back in the oven. Decrease the heat to 350 degrees and bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until the crust and filling have bronzed. Remove the tart from the oven and sprinkle the almonds on top. Allow to cool slightly before dusting with powdered sugar, if desired. Tart is best served the day it is made, but if you’re heating it up a day later, consider warming a small bit of orange or apricot jam in a bowl to brush on top of the apples. The apples will dry out oven time and can be revived with a little brush of melted jam.

Lemon Olive Oil Pie

Lemon Olive Oil Pie Recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a lemon zest and juice filled chess pie made with and olive oil pie crust. The flavor of the Lucini olive oil comes out subtly and perfumes this pie. The crust crisps nicely and the filled stays gooey and sweet like a lemon bar. Finish the pie off with freshly whipped cream. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

How’s that post-Thanksgiving hangover treating you? Have you exhausted your drawstring pants and oversized tees? Have you polished off your final few turkey sandwiches and leftover slices of pie?

Lemon Olive Oil Pie Recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a lemon zest and juice filled chess pie made with and olive oil pie crust. The flavor of the Lucini olive oil comes out subtly and perfumes this pie. The crust crisps nicely and the filled stays gooey and sweet like a lemon bar. Finish the pie off with freshly whipped cream. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

With our move-in date looming just around the corner, we opted to stay close by for Thanksgiving to celebrate with Brett’s family. Although I enjoy the nuances of holidays with his family, I can’t help but miss the comfort and familiarity of the traditions that I grew up with. I’m obsessed with the cornbread dressing and bacon-y green beans that this Southern Thanksgiving provided me, but I missed the things that really make it feel like the holidays- my grandparents scurrying around the kitchen, nibbling on trays of olives with my Mom, and even passing around that carrot salad that absolutely no one eats. It’s funny how much things like that, the atmosphere and the faces and the flavors that you grow up with, shape your idea of what a holiday or gathering should look like. I think the absence of those things deepens my love and appreciation for the people who created those moments for me. 

Lemon Olive Oil Pie Recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a lemon zest and juice filled chess pie made with and olive oil pie crust. The flavor of the Lucini olive oil comes out subtly and perfumes this pie. The crust crisps nicely and the filled stays gooey and sweet like a lemon bar. Finish the pie off with freshly whipped cream. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

With Thanksgiving behind us, its easy to want to dive right in to the Christmas cookies and pound cakes and peppermint-flavored everything that comes with December, but in an effort to transition gracefully from turkeys to Christmas trees, I have a delicious and elegant pie that is perfectly appropriate for this limbo time of year. This lemon olive oil pie, a spin on a Southern lemon chess pie, is fragrant and flavorful, a treat that is as tasty as it is beautiful. I’m sharing this recipe today in partnership with my friends at Lucini Italia. You might recall the cheesy rolls I served alongside their sauce a few weeks ago, but did you know that they also make premium olive oils as well? This lemon olive oil pie is the perfect showcase for quality oil, as the flavor and smells of it come through in a really unique way. 

Lemon Olive Oil Pie Recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a lemon zest and juice filled chess pie made with and olive oil pie crust. The flavor of the Lucini olive oil comes out subtly and perfumes this pie. The crust crisps nicely and the filled stays gooey and sweet like a lemon bar. Finish the pie off with freshly whipped cream. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

First, we have an olive oil pie crust. Adapted from my trusty, no-fail crust, this pie dough has the addition of olive oil to it! Although it does just barely change the texture of the crust, it provides a subtle whiff of that olive oil flavor that is interesting and super tasty to eat. The filling here, similar to the chocolate chess pie I shared this time last year, is scented with lemon zest and utilizes olive oil in place of the butter. The texture of this filling is really very similar to any normal chess pie, but again, the flavor of the olive oil meshes perfectly with the tangy citrus. It’s really lovely. 

Lemon Olive Oil Pie Recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a lemon zest and juice filled chess pie made with and olive oil pie crust. The flavor of the Lucini olive oil comes out subtly and perfumes this pie. The crust crisps nicely and the filled stays gooey and sweet like a lemon bar. Finish the pie off with freshly whipped cream. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

The key here really is the olive oil. Although the flavor is extremely subtle, any olive oil that doesn’t have a definitively fresh and delicious flavor will simply make the pie taste greasy. Gross, right? Lucini is a brand I trust to provide quality olive oil for a variety of my baking and cooking needs, but it especially shines in this pie. If you’re on the hunt for a favorite olive oil, I would highly suggest giving Lucini a try.

Lemon Olive Oil Pie Recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a lemon zest and juice filled chess pie made with and olive oil pie crust. The flavor of the Lucini olive oil comes out subtly and perfumes this pie. The crust crisps nicely and the filled stays gooey and sweet like a lemon bar. Finish the pie off with freshly whipped cream. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I like to finish this lemon olive oil pie with freshly whipped cream. This is totally optional, but I think it adds a nice finishing touch to an already fab pie. Although I lean on pies most throughout the holidays, I think a dish like this would be perfectly delicious in the spring or summer as well. It’s bright, fresh, and flavorful while still maintaining it’s status as an indulgent, rich dessert. 

Lemon Olive Oil Pie Recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a lemon zest and juice filled chess pie made with and olive oil pie crust. The flavor of the Lucini olive oil comes out subtly and perfumes this pie. The crust crisps nicely and the filled stays gooey and sweet like a lemon bar. Finish the pie off with freshly whipped cream. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy pie making to you all! I hope you’ll give this pie a try in the coming weeks! 

Lemon Olive Oil Pie Recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a lemon zest and juice filled chess pie made with and olive oil pie crust. The flavor of the Lucini olive oil comes out subtly and perfumes this pie. The crust crisps nicely and the filled stays gooey and sweet like a lemon bar. Finish the pie off with freshly whipped cream. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This post is sponsored by Lucini Italia. Thank you for supporting brands that make Wood and Spoon possible.

If you like this lemon olive oil pie you should try:

Salted Maple Pie

Cherry Lime Hand Pies

Blueberry Lemon Pop-Tarts

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Alphabet Cream Pie

 

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Lemon Olive Oil Pie

Lemon Olive Oil Pie Recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a lemon zest and juice filled chess pie made with and olive oil pie crust. The flavor of the Lucini olive oil comes out subtly and perfumes this pie. The crust crisps nicely and the filled stays gooey and sweet like a lemon bar. Finish the pie off with freshly whipped cream. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This lemon olive oil pie is a tangy and refreshing take on a Southern chess pie. Topped with whipped cream and flavored with quality Lucini olive oil, this is a delicious pie perfect all year round. 

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 13/4 cup (245 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 11/2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (60 gm) olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, cold and chopped
  • Ice water

For the pie:

  • 4 large eggs (240 gm), plus an additional for brushing the pie crust, if desired
  • 11/2 cups (300 gm) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) buttermilk
  • ¼ cup (60 gm) fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the whipped cream:

  • 11/4 cups (300 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar

Instructions

To prepare the pie crust:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add the olive oil and cold butter and use a pastry cutter to cut in the fat until small clumps are throughout. Do not overwork the dough. Add about 6 tablespoons of water, more as needed a tablespoon at a time, to bring the floury clumps together into a shaggy dough. Again, do NOT overwork- this will yield a tough crust. Dump the dough out onto a counter and bring it into a ball and then flatten it into a round. Cover it with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest in the fridge for at least an hour, but preferably for several hours.

To prepare the pie:

  1. When ready to bake the pie, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Allow the dough to sit out at room temp for about 5 minutes and then roll it out with a rolling pin on a floured surface until it is about an 11” diameter circle. The dough needs to be an inch large on all sides than the diameter of your pie plate. Roll the dough up onto the rolling pin and unroll it into the pie plate. Gently nudge the dough into the edges of the pan and trim off any excess around the top, leaving a ½” over the edge of the lip of the pan on all sides. Fold the dough until and press to seal the crust. Crimp your edges as desired and then place the pie dish in the freezer while you prep the pie filling.
  2. Whisk the 4 eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, buttermilk, lemon juice, and vanilla and whisk just to combine. Add the lemon zest, flour, and salt and stir just until combined. Pull the pie plate out of the freezer, and, if desired, whisk the remaining egg in a small bowl and brush a thing layer of the mixture on the edges of the crust. This only helps with browning and is not necessary. Pour the filling into the pie and bake in the preheated oven about 40 minutes or until the crust and top of the pie is golden and bronzed. You may need to rotate the pie the last 10 minutes to allow it to brown evenly. Allow to cool to room temperature prior to serving.

To prepare the whipped cream:

  1. Whip the heavy whipping cream on medium speed until frothy and slightly thickened. Add the sugar and continue beating until smooth, thick peaks form. Top the pie and serve immediately.