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Celebration pies and tarts

Banana Custard Tart with meringue & a chocolate crust

This banana custard tart is what I want banana cream pie to be. I like banana flavor, and I don’t mind banana texture when I’m just eating freshly peeled fruit or when it’s baked into banana bread, but the mushy and slightly fibrous texture buried under a layer of smooth pastry cream just doesn’t do …

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Cranberry Curd Tart, a garnet-hued delight

Cranberries are the under-appreciated fruit of fall and winter. They’re often relegated to a sad cylinder of canned cranberry sauce at the edge of the Thanksgiving table, an afterthought to the apples and pumpkins taking up the dessert space. Which is a shame, because when strategically deployed, cranberry desserts not only bring a welcome burst …

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Thai Tea Parfait Tart with Almond Crunch Crust and Lemon Mascarpone

This tart is sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy, tannic and, well, tart. It tastes like Thai iced tea with an almond cornflake crust and dollops of lemon mascarpone on top. Our friends Traci and Dan were having a garden party and they were making David Chang’s Momofuku pork which was succulent with a gorgeous crispy …

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